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10 overlooked eco-tourism destinations

By: Josh Lew on Oct. 30, 2012, 5:31 p.m.

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Iriomote, Japan

Iriomote is one of the islands in the chain that sits to the south of the main islands of Japan. This particular island has only a small number of residents, but draws lots of tourists (mainly domestic) each year because of its wild beauty. Endless mangrove forests, rivers that wind through undeveloped landscapes and miles of rolling, tree-shrouded hills make this a true wilderness. Iriomote National Park covers about 30 percent of the island. It is teeming with birds, reptiles and mammals, including the rare Iriomote wildcat.