|Native name: |
甑島列島 Koshikishima Rettō
|Location||East China Sea|
|Area||118.68 km2 (45.82 sq mi)|
|Length||39 km (24.2 mi)|
|Width||11 km (6.8 mi)|
|Pop. density||47 /km2 (122 /sq mi)|
|Island||Coordinates||area, km²||population (2010)|
All minor islands are currently (as in 2017) uninhabited.
- seems to undergo significant erosion and may disappear
The islands once consisted of 14 villages, belonging to Shikijima-gun, Satsuma Province (Satsuma no Kuni) during the Meiji period. In 1889, the islands were consolidated into Kami-Koshiki and Shimo-Koshiki villages. In 1897, the islands were merged with Satsuma-gun. Later, Kashima village and Sato village broke off, totalling in 4 villages. In 2004, during "the great Heisei merger", the villages were merged with Sendai, a city that exists on the main island of Kyūshū.
The cruise course visiting many scenic coastal rocks and islets is available from Shimo-Koshiki island.
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