|Native name: 奥尻島, Okushiri-tō|
|Area||142.97 km2 (55.20 sq mi)|
|Length||27 km (16.8 mi)|
|Width||11 km (6.8 mi)|
|Coastline||84 km (52.2 mi)|
|Highest elevation||584 m (1,916 ft)|
|Highest point||Mount Kamui|
|Population||3343 (as of 2009-03-31)|
|Density||23.4 /km2 (60.6 /sq mi)|
Okushiri Island (奥尻島 Okushiri-tō?) is an island in Hokkaidō, Japan. It has an area of 142.97 square kilometres (55.20 sq mi). The town of Okushiri and the Hiyama Prefectural Natural Park encompass the entire island. It has many sheep pastures and beech forests. There are several schools, including high, junior high, and elementary. Okushiri currently has no colleges or universities.
The name Okushiri comes from the Ainu name Ikushun-shiri. The phonetic word iku(shun) means other side and shiri means island. However, the Japanese meaning of the two kanji used for the name mean "wife's hips" or "wife's buttocks".
Okushiri Airport serves the island. There are also two ferries that frequently arrive at the island.
Okushiri Island is known for its famous "Okushiri Arch," a small rocky arch sculpted by the ocean. Okushiri Island has many hot springs, and opportunities for fishing and swimming.
- Hirata, Yuzuki; Masakazu Murakami (November 16, 2006). "Island hit by 1993 killer tsunami remains vigilant". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
- "About location and geography of Okushiri-cho". Official Home Page of Okushiri Town. Okushiri Town. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
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