GOTO ISLANDS [Goxo RETTO, GOTTO], a group of islands belonging to Japan, lying west of Kiushiu, in 33 N., 129 E. The southern of the two principal islands, Fukae-shima, measures 17 m. by 135; the northern, Nakaori-shima, measures 23 m. by 75. These islands lie almost in the direct route of steamers plying between Nagasaki and Shanghai, and are distant some 50 m. from Nagasaki. Some dome-shaped hills command 'the old castletown of Fukae. The islands are highly cultivated; deer and other game abound, and trout are plentiful in the mountain streams. A majority of the inhabitants are Christians.
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