Ayantsu means...“A beautiful road” in the language of Miyako Island. Ayantsu as offered here by the Miyakojima Board of Education, is a new way to take in the beauty of Miyako Island, from excursions focusing on cultural properties to various “power spots.”
Miyakojima City was established as a city in 2005 with the incorporation of five municipalities: Hirara City,Gusukube Town, Shimoji Town, Ueno Village, and Irabu Town.
Miyakojima City is blessed with cultural heritages, and with the merging of the municipalities, the city boasts the highest number within the prefecture of designated cultural properties in one city.
With differences in the geographical conditions, there was a time in its past when Miyako journeyed along a different path of history than with Okinawa Island.
Miyako became a part of the Ryukyu Kingdom at the beginning of the 16th century, but even then, it did not assimilate with the rest of the Kingdom, but rather, it built its own unique history and culture.
It saw a time in its history when rival chieftains fought over territories, then an era of government under the leadership of Tuyumya, and there also was a time of hardship of heavy poll taxes under the administration of Satsuma and Ryukyu governments.
It also saw a time of turmoil when Miyako was enmeshed in the fires of war, and at the mercy of the changing times as it saw occupation by the US military government and then reversion to Japan. However, the advancement that we see today in Miyakojima city is the result of wisdom acquired by our forefathers as they lived through our history.
With our efforts to maintain and manage our cultural assets, we hope to further develop a new tourism resource, one promoting Myaku (Miyako) of mutual support, history and culture.