Kojima, located off the shore of the city of Kushima in Miyazaki Prefecture, is also know as "monkey island." The name is derived from its treasured inhabitants, the Japanese macaques. The monkeys became famous after scientists discovered that they were washing sweet potatoes in the water before eating them.
Underwater: manta rays, the most graceful swimmer in the Okinawa oceans
Drone shot: autumn at Onuma Quasi-National Park in Hokkaido
Amazing rocket launch moments in Japan
Festivals in Japan: Aomori Nebuta Festival
Underwater: northern sea lions flock to a tiny island