The Motobu Peninsula (本部半島 Motobu hantō, Okinawan: Mutubu) is a peninsula in the Yanbaru region of Okinawa Island. It is surrounded by Nago Bay to the south, the Haneda Inland Sea to the north, and the East China Sea to the west. It is mostly mountainous, with a few plains. The peninsula's northeasternmost point is Cape Bise. Its highest point is Mount Yae, whose summit is 593 metres (1,946 ft). Due to a US military communications tower, the summit is off-limits. The peninsula was the center of power for the kingdom of Hokuzan in medieval times, and was the site of fierce fighting during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.
- 1 Transportation
- 2 Sites
- 3 Geology
- 4 Municipalities on the Motobu Peninsula
- 5 Events which took place on the Motobu Peninsula
- 6 People from the Motobu Peninsula
- 7 Nearby islands
- 8 United States military operations on Motobu Peninsula
- 9 Other peninsulas on Okinawa
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links and references
The Okinawa Expressway connects Naha to Nago. Japan National Route 58 crosses the bottom of the Motobu Peninsula. Japan National Route 505 connects Motobu Town to Haneji, as Japan National Route 449 connects Motobu to Nago. Both Route 404 and Route 449 run around the edge of the Motobu Peninsula.
- Oigawa River
- Shiokawa River (a national natural treasure, the shortest river in Japan, and has salt water.)
- Uppama Beach
- Emerald beach (inside Ocean Expo Park)
- Shiokawa Beach
- Nagahama Beach
- Forest of the 21st Century Beach
The east side of the Motobu Peninsula is truncated by the Nago fault, bounding the northwestern coast of Okinawa Island. This area is of zone of Paleozoic metamorphic and igneous rocks. The Pleistocene Ryukyu Group comprises the northern part of the peninsula.
Municipalities on the Motobu Peninsula
Events which took place on the Motobu Peninsula
- Invasion of Hokuzan (1416)
- Initial Japanese landing during the Invasion of Ryukyu (1609)
- Fighting on Mount Yae during the Battle of Okinawa (1945)
- Expo '75
- Miss International 1975.
People from the Motobu Peninsula
- Iejima (also "Ie Shima") is near the Motobu Peninsula. Notably, Ernie Pyle died, on Iejima
- Kōri-jima, which is connects to Yagaji Island by a bridge
- Sesokojima, which is connected to Motobu Peninsula by a bridge
- Yagaji Island, which is connected to Motobu Peninsula by a bridge
United States military operations on Motobu Peninsula
Motobu Airfield was located on Motobu Peninsula, but was decommissioned after 1945.
Other peninsulas on Okinawa
- Okinawa Island Guide " Nago City / Motobu Town / Nakijin Village: Okinawa Island Guide » Nago City / Motobu Town / Nakijin Village, accessdate: April 4, 2017
- Google Maps: Google Maps, accessdate: April 3, 2017
- Figure 5 of 6: terminal point , accessdate: April 3, 2017
- Stripes Okinawa: Japan's cherry blossom season starts here | Stripes Okinawa, accessdate: April 3, 2017
- Map It! Okinawa: January 2017: Map It! Okinawa: January 2017, accessdate: April 5, 2017
- Map It! Okinawa: Cherry Blossoms on Yaedake (Mt. Yae): Map It! Okinawa: Cherry Blossoms on Yaedake (Mt. Yae), accessdate: April 5, 2017
- Lonely Planet: which features the world's largest aquarium tank., accessdate: April 2, 2017
- 1972 (Showa 47) 15 May Ministry of Education Notification No. 58 "Specifying a monument as a historic site etc."
- http://ir.library.tohoku.ac.jp/re/bitstream/10097/44970/1/AA0045945073324.pdf: , accessdate: April 4, 2017
- Stratigraphy of the Ryukyu Group on northern Motobu Peninsula, Okinawa-jima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan.: Stratigraphy of the Ryukyu Group on northern Motobu Peninsula, Okinawa-jima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan., accessdate: April 4, 2017
- Feifer, George (1992). Tennozan: The Battle of Okinawa and the Atomic Bomb (1st ed.). New York City: Houghton Mifflin. p. 247. ISBN 978-0-395-59924-2.