Okinawa Prefecture includes the Ryukyu Islands (Nansei Shoto) located in southern Japan. To the north is Kouri Jima. To the west is Kerama Island Group (Kerama Islands). To the northeast is Kyūshū. To the west-southwest is Taiwan (Formosa). The islands span 620 miles. Postwar, occupied by the American military until administration was returned to Japan on June 17, 1972.
Amami Islands (Amami Guntō)
Amami Ōshima (Amami-O-Shima) largest island in the Amami Island Group.
Kikai Jima island in the Amami Island Group.
Kikaiga-shima located in the Amami Island Group.
Tokuno located in the Amami Island Group.
Okinawa Island largest island in Okinawa Prefecture, American landing on April 1, 1945 developed into base area.
Naha (Nawa, Nafa) located in the southwestern corner of Okinawa, largest city includes Naha Airfield.
Shuri (Shui, Syuri) located in the center of southern Okinawa, site of Shuri Castle.
Moshinawa (Machinato) located in the center of the western coast of Okinawa, Moshinawa Airfield.
Sobe (Subi, Suhi) located on the western coast toward the center of Okinawa includes Yontan Airfield.
Kadena (Katena) located on the western coast toward the center of Okinawa includes Kadena Airfield.
Itoman (Ichuman) located in the southern Okinawa including Buckner Monument and Peace Memorial Museum.
Yonabaru (Yonahara, Yunabaru, Yonawa) located on the eastern coast of southern Okinawa.
Ie Jima located to the west of Okinawa
Sesoko Island located to the west of Okinawa
Kouri Island located to the west of Okinawa
Yanaha Jima located to the west of Okinawa
Izena Jima located to the west of Okinawa
Noho Jima located to the west of Okinawa
Iheya Jima located to the west of Okinawa
Yoron Jima located to the northeast of Okinawa
Okinawa Island Airfields
Naha Airfield still in use today as Naha Airport
Bolo Airfield located at Bolo Point on the western coast of Okinawa.
Moshinawa Airfield (Machinato) located near Naha.
Yontan Airfield (Okinawa Airport) located near Sobe on the western coast of Okinawa.
Kadena Airfield (Kadena AFB) located at Kadena near Yontan on the western coast of Okinawa.
Yonabaru Airfield (NAS Yonabaru) located near Yonabaru on the eastern coast of the southern Okinawa Island.
Kume Island (Kume Jima)
Ōjima Island (Ōjima Jima)
Ōhajima Island (Ōhajima Jima)
Torishima Island (Torishima Jima)
Iōtorishima Island (Iōtorishima Jima)
Kerama Island Group (Kerama Islands, Kerama Gunto)
Kerama Island Group (Kerama Retto) island chain 15 miles west of the southwestern tip of Okinawa.
Tokashiki Island borders Kerama Anchorage.
Zamami Island borders Kerama Anchorage.
Amuro Island borders Kerama Anchorage.
Sakishima Island Group (Sakishima Islands, Sakashima Gunto)
Includes the Miyako Island Group and Yaeyama Island Group
Miyako Island Group (Miyako Islands, Miyako Gunto)
Ikema Island (Ikema-jima)
Irabu Island (Irabu-jima)
Kurima Island (Kurima-jima)
Miyako Island (Miyako-jima)
Ōgami Island (Ōgami-jima)
Shimoji Island (Shimoji-shima)
Yaeyama Island Group (Yaeyama Islands, Yaeyama Gunto)
Yaeyama Islands (Yaeyama Island Group) located at the southwestern end of the Sakishima Islands
Ishigaki Jima located in the Yaeyama Islands in the Sakishima Islands.
Aragusuku Island (Aragusuku-jima)
Hateruma Island (Hateruma-jima)
Iriomote Island (Iriomote Jima) located in the Yaeyama Islands in the Sakishima Islands
Kohama Island (Kohama-jima)
Kuroshima Island (Kuroshima)
Sotobanari Island (Sotobanari-jima)
Taketomi Island (Taketomi-jima)
Yubu Island (Yubu-jima)
Hatoma Island (Hatoma-jima)
Yonaguni Island (Yonaguni-jima)
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December 17, 2018