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Coral sand road of a traditional rural village on a Japanese tropical island, Taketomi-jima, Okinawa | by Ippei & Janine Naoi
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Coral sand road of a traditional rural village on a Japanese tropical island, Taketomi-jima, Okinawa

Taketomi Island, Okinawa, Japan

 

People on Taketomi Island still live in the beautiful traditional houses which haven't changed since the 17th century. All these house fences are made from coral, and these roads are made from coral sand so that residents are able to clearly see and avoid aggressive Habu pit vipers at night by moonlight.

 

Taketomi Island belongs to the Yaeyama Island group which boasts of paradisical beaches, untouched tropical rainforests, lush mangrove rivers and one of the world's largest healthy coral reef systems.

 

> Islands of Japan

 

For our recommended islands of Japan, please check out:

amamika.com/japan_travel/islands/

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Taken in July 2006