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The Miyako Islands (宮古列島, Miyako-rettō, Miyako: Myaaku, Tarama dialect: Meeku, Okinawan: Naaku) (also Miyako Sima group[1]) are a group of islands in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, belonging to the Ryukyu Islands. They are situated between the Okinawa Island and Yaeyama Islands.

Miyako Islands
Native name:
Miyako-rettō (宮古列島)
Miyako map.jpg
Map of the Miyako Islands
LocationPacific Ocean
ArchipelagoSakishima Islands
Adjacent bodies of waterEast China Sea
Total islands12
Major islandsMiyako Island, Irabu Island, Tarama Island
Area226.20 km2 (87.34 sq mi)
PrefectureOkinawa Prefecture
Population55,522 (January 2018)
Pop. density246.2 /km2 (637.7 /sq mi)
Location of the Miyako Islands
Location of the Miyako Islands in Okinawa Prefecture

In the early 1870's, the population of the islands was estimated to number about ten thousand.[1] Miyako island has 55,914 people. A bridge connects Miyako Island to Ikema Island, which has 801 people. Tarama village has 1,214 people, between the two islands of Minna and Tarama.


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  1. ^ a b William Campbell (1915). "Sketches from Formosa". p. 47. I was in some hope that, on one of our long tacks, we might have come within view of Kumi, the westernmost island of the Miyako Sima group. It lies about sixty miles east from Dome Point, and has four villages. Two or three of the islands lying further east have a much larger area than Botel Tobago, and the population of the entire group is estimated to number about ten thousand. They are said to be a poor but contented and unarmed race, in appearance similar to the Luchuans (to whom they are subject), but resembling the Japanese more in manners, customs, and language.

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Coordinates: 24°43′N 125°01′E / 24.717°N 125.017°E / 24.717; 125.017