1220-71 Biimata, Nago City
Admission: Adults ¥1,000, ages 4-15 ¥500
*Free admission to restaurant and café on the premises
Hydrangea Garden Yohena opens only from around mid-May to the end of June every year. In addition to the more than 300,000 hydrangeas that bloom on an approximately 10,000-square-meter hillside, there are tree ferns, begonias and Medinilla magnifica, also known as the Philippine orchid, which produces rare pink flowers. The uniqueness of this garden where such unique tropical plants are growing in harmony with the hydrangeas has also attracted attention from mainland Japan.
The Kaichu-doro -- an inter-island causeway that cuts through the shallow water between the main island of Okinawa and Henza Island --- is a popular choice for a scenic drive. A roadside park situated at the midpoint of the causeway has a concrete shoreline and a park area with a lush lawn and benches, making it an ideal place for picnics.
Of the three beaches on Hamahiga Island, this is the only natural beach that is managed and equipped with restrooms, showers and a shop. Since it is a relatively unknown spot that is not very crowded even at the height of the summer season, it is recommended for people who want to spend some leisure time on a beach.
Swimming season: Year round
Parking: ¥500 / day
A hidden beach on Miyagi Island where rave parties and other events used to be held in the past, as hardly anything existed there other than fields. Since there are strong riptides, visitors should be careful if they plan to swim. This beach is frequented by surfers, locals and American families who camp out in the area.
Because the altitude is higher here than on neighboring islands, visitors should not miss Kafu Banta (Cape of Happiness), which offers a scenic view from Nuchi-Una, a salt producer located on the cape that is also a popular tourist destination on the island. The breathtaking view of magnificent coral reefs makes this a scenic spot that’s rare even onthe main island of Okinawa.
Kafu Banta offers a cliff-top view of the sea 120 meters below.
It takes about 90 minutes by car from Naha Airport to Ikei Island, the outermost of the three islands. The color of the ocean is beautiful, especially around Ikei Ohashi Bridge, and the landscape is stunning. There are two pleasant beaches here: Ikei Beach, with lockers, a shop and a restaurant, and the natural Odomari Beach.
Known for its transparent water, this 600-meter-long natural beach is recommended for those who want to simply enjoy a leisurely atmosphere engaging in such marine activities as snorkeling. There are two parking areas; the one closest to the beach charges a reasonable fee of ¥500.
Swimming season: Year round
Admission: Adults ¥400, under 12 ¥300
Parking ¥500 / day
You can experience traditional Okinawan karate in a class led by a professional instructor in an authentic setting. These lessons are very popular with international visitors looking for a genuine Okinawan karate experience (60 min, ¥2,575).
Admission: ¥2,575 / person (¥1,620 / person with 5 participants or more)
*1-20 participants can be accommodated at one time / Closed: Sun