The remote Japanese island of Iriomote has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Iriomote is part of the Okinawa prefecture in the East China Sea, and is made up of 160 subtropical islands – many of them covered in dense jungle. Only 49 of these islands are inhabited by humans, making the archipelago the perfect destination for travellers looking to get off the beaten track in 2022.
Iriomote is 40 minutes by boat from Ishigaki Island – the commercial heart of the archipelago – and is inhabited by just over 2,000 people.
A nature lover’s paradise, over 90 per cent is covered in tropical forest, including the largest mangrove jungle
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