Koshikijima Islands

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Koshikijima Islands
Native name: 甑島列島 Koshikishima Rettō
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Koshikijima Islands is located in Japan
Koshikijima Islands
Koshikijima Islands
Location in Japan
Geography
Location East China Sea
Coordinates 31°45′12″N 129°47′03″E / 31.75328°N 129.78424°E / 31.75328; 129.78424Coordinates: 31°45′12″N 129°47′03″E / 31.75328°N 129.78424°E / 31.75328; 129.78424
Archipelago yes
Total islands 11
Major islands 3
Area 118.68 km2 (45.82 sq mi)
Length 39 km (24.2 mi)
Width 11 km (6.8 mi)
Administration
Japan
Prefecture Kagoshima Prefecture
city Satsumasendai
Demographics
Population 5576 (2010)
Pop. density 47 /km2 (122 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Japanese

The Koshikijima Islands (甑島列島, Koshikishima-rettō[1]) in the East China Sea are an island chain located 38 km west of the port city of Ichikikushikino, Kagoshima.

Major islands[edit]

Island Coordinates area, km² population (2010)
Kamikoshiki-jima (上甑島) 31°50′05″N 129°53′20″E / 31.834790°N 129.888989°E / 31.834790; 129.888989 45.08 2488
Naka-Koshiki-jima (中甑島) 31°48′08″N 129°49′38″E / 31.802107°N 129.827191°E / 31.802107; 129.827191 7.29 308
Shimokoshiki-jima (下甑島) 31°42′15″N 129°43′25″E / 31.704047°N 129.723703°E / 31.704047; 129.723703 66.27 2780

Minor islands[edit]

All minor islands are currently (as in 2017) uninhabited.

Island Coordinates area, km²
No-jima (野島) 31°51′58″N 129°57′38″E / 31.866071°N 129.960427°E / 31.866071; 129.960427 0.11
Chika-jima (近島) 31°51′05″N 129°57′01″E / 31.851494°N 129.950236°E / 31.851494; 129.950236 0.10
Futago-jima (双子島) 31°51′44″N 129°58′34″E / 31.862180°N 129.976023°E / 31.862180; 129.976023 0.05
Okinoshima (沖の島) 31°51′52″N 129°59′03″E / 31.864498°N 129.984074°E / 31.864498; 129.984074 0.02
Benkei-jima (弁慶島)# 31°46′25″N 129°50′04″E / 31.773680°N 129.834574°E / 31.773680; 129.834574 0.02
Kasetō (筒島) 31°52′01″N 129°57′12″E / 31.866938°N 129.953346°E / 31.866938; 129.953346 0.02
Napoleon Rock (ja) 31°42′11″N 129°41′14″E / 31.703060°N 129.687216°E / 31.703060; 129.687216 0.01
Yurashima (由良島)[2] 31°44′35″N 129°45′19″E / 31.743005°N 129.755239°E / 31.743005; 129.755239 0.01
Matsushima (松島) 31°52′00″N 129°56′54″E / 31.866748°N 129.948315°E / 31.866748; 129.948315 0.004
  1. seems to undergo significant erosion and may disappear

History[edit]

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.

Attractions[edit]

The cruise course visiting many scenic coastal rocks and islets is available from Shimo-Koshiki island.[3]

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