Okinawa Prefecture includes the Ryukyu Islands (Nansei Shoto) located in southern Japan. Borders the Philippine Sea to the east. Borders the East China Sea to the west. 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.
Yoronjima 与論島 (Yoron Island) located to the northeast of Okinawa.
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.
Urasoe located to the north of Naha includes Kakuazu Ridge.
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.
Chimu (Kin, Kinmu, Chin, Kimmu, Kimu) located on the eastern coast of southern Okinawa.
Nakagusuku Bay (Buckner Bay) located on the southern coast of Okinawa.
Ie Shima 伊江島 (Iejima) small circular island three miles west of Okinawa with Ie Shima Airfield.
Agunijima 粟国島 (Aguni Island) located to the west of Okinawa Island.
Iheyajima (Iheya Island) located to the north of Okinawa.
Iheyo-mae (Iheyo-mae Island located to the north of Okinawa.
Okinawa Area Islands
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.
Okinawa Island Area Airfields
Naha Airfield (Oroku) 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 (Yomitan, Yonzan) 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.
Motobu Airfield located on the eastern coast of Okinawa.
Futema Airfield located on the eastern coast of Okinawa.
Awase Airfield located on the eastern coast of Okinawa.
Chimu Airfield located on the eastern coast of Okinawa.
Shima Airfield (Ie Shima Auxiliary Air Base, Ie Jima Airport) located on Ie Shima.
Kume Island (Kume Jima)
Ōjima Island (Ōjima Jima)
Ōhajima Island (Ōhajima Jima)
Torishima (Torishima Jima, Tori Shima) located to the west of Okinawa Island.
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)
Sakishima Island Group includes the Miyako Islands and Yaeyama Islands
Miyako Island Group (Miyako Islands, Miyako Gunto)
Miyako Islands (Miyako Island Group) located between the Yaeyama Islands and Okinawa
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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October 23, 2019