Visit to Ie Island, Okinawa, Japan – Travel Photos

By Louise

Ie Island Okinawa Japan Photos

During our stay with our friends in Okinawa, we took a trip via ferry from the main island to Ie Island (Ie-jima) one day. It was a bit of a rainy day, but the clouds made for some interesting photos. The beaches were also beautiful (just take a look at the photos below!).

Map of Ie Island, Okinawa, Japan

I’ve labelled all the places we visited on our trip – there’s more details and photos below.

Ie Island Okinawa Japan Photos

Getting Across To Ie Island

Although there’s an airport and some tourists fly in, we took the ferry across (on the Motobu-Ie ferry line) – there’s only a few ferries per day, so check out this site for the times and prices. We bought the tickets when we got to the ferry station and went across with our car to Ie island.

ferry motobu to ie island okinawa japan

ferry motobu to ie island okinawa japan

The ferry is pretty big (there’s indoor and outdoor seating), and when we were on it, there was a bunch of Japanese school children taking photos using selfie sticks.
Japanese girls taking selfies ferry motobu to ie island okinawa japan

Japanese girls taking selfie photos ferry motobu to ie island okinawa japan

Japanese girls taking selfie photos ferry motobu to ie island okinawa japan

What To Do On Ie Island, Okinawa, Japan

Ie island is pretty small (we managed to drive all over it in an afternoon), and here are some of the spots we visited:

1. Mount Gusuku, Ie Island, Okinawa, Japan

There’s a pretty big hill, Mount Gusuku, in the middle of Ie island, which we saw from the ferry coming in (see the top photo). So, naturally, our first stop was Mount Gusuku. It offered a really nice view of the entire island (even at the base of the mountain where we parked the car).

mount gusuku Ie Island Okinawa Japan Photos

mount gusuku Ie Island Okinawa Japan Photos

mount gusuku Ie Island Okinawa Japan Photos

mount gusuku Ie Island Okinawa Japan Photos

It’s about a 10-15 minutes climb, and from the top of Mount Gusuku, you can get a 360 degree view of the entire island of Ie.

mount gusuku Ie Island Okinawa Japan Photos

mount gusuku Ie Island Okinawa Japan Photos

mount gusuku Ie Island Okinawa Japan Photos

There were some beautiful clouds that day bringing in the rain with it.

Ie Island Okinawa Japan Photos

And here’s the panoramic view from the top of the hill:

2. Lily Field Park

There’s an annual lily festival on Ie island in late April. We visited in March, so we saw the lily field before the blooms started. It was still a pretty site. You can find more info about it here.

The location of the lily field park is here:

lily field park ie island jima okinawa japan

lily field park ie island jima okinawa japan

lily field park ie island jima okinawa japan

lily field park ie island jima okinawa japan

lily field park ie island jima okinawa japan

lily field park ie island jima okinawa japan

lily field park ie island jima okinawa japan

lily field park ie island jima okinawa japan

lily field park ie island jima okinawa japan

lily field park ie island jima okinawa japan

lily field park ie island jima okinawa japan

3. Wajee View Point, Ie Island, Okinawa

This is like a look out point with a beautiful view – one of my friends took a photo of me looking out over the waters just before the storm came in.

Here’s the location:

Wajee View Point, Ie Island, Okinawa

Wajee View Point, Ie Island, Okinawa

4. Niya-Thiya Cave (Sen-nin Cave)

There’s access to a beautiful beach (just look at the photos below) here, and there are a bunch of caves (where many islanders supposedly hid in during WWII) you can visit.

Here’s the location:

Niya-Thiya Cave (Sen-nin Cave) beautiful beach photo ie island okinawa japan

Niya-Thiya Cave (Sen-nin Cave) beautiful beach photo ie island okinawa japan

seashell Niya-Thiya Cave (Sen-nin Cave) beautiful beach photo ie island okinawa japan

seashell Niya-Thiya Cave (Sen-nin Cave) beautiful beach photo ie island okinawa japan

Niya-Thiya Cave (Sen-nin Cave) beautiful beach photo ie island okinawa japan

Niya-Thiya Cave (Sen-nin Cave) beautiful beach photo ie island okinawa japan

seashell Niya-Thiya Cave (Sen-nin Cave) beautiful beach photo ie island okinawa japan

Niya-Thiya Cave (Sen-nin Cave) beautiful beach photo ie island okinawa japan

seashell Niya-Thiya Cave (Sen-nin Cave) beautiful beach photo ie island okinawa japan