Myaku (Miyako) - Tourists have devastated a sacred site in the Luchu (Ryukyu) island of Myaku (Miyako) after it was featured in a Japanese television show. The damage included several stalactites in a cave that were broken.
The location is known in the Indigenous Myaku (Miyako) language as "Kubakundai," and is nicknamed "Pumpkin Hole" due to the pumpkin-shaped stalactites found in the cave.
The area is also an important fishing site. The increase in tourism has devastated the coral and reduced the amount of fish at the location, according to the Ryukyu Shimpo article.
The citizens of Myaku are considering measures to restrict or ban tourism at the site.