Hamahiga is a small island with a perimeter of only seven kilometers.According to Ryukyuan legend, this island was inhabited by the gods and hosts a number of sacred sites and spiritual places in villages full of traditional houses. To get to the island, go to Henza Island via the inter-island causeway, then take the Hamahiga Bridge, built in 1997. The island is a peaceful getaway with beautiful natural beaches.
2146 Chibana, Okinawa City
Tel: 098-939- 2555
Hours: Sun-Thu 9:00-18:00; Fri, Sat and the day before public holidays 9:00-22:00
Admission: Adults ¥1,500, ages 16-18 ¥1,000, ages 7-15 ¥500, under 6 free
*Free admission to restaurant and shop on the premises *Annual passport: Adults ¥3,650, ages 15-18 ¥2,500, ages 7-14 ¥1,250
Recommended for families with young children looking for well-equipped beaches is Fukujigawa Seaside Park, which has a beach where jellyfish nets are installed. Kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and other activities are also on offer. The park has both a seaside and a riverside area.
334 Kawata, Higashi Village
Hours: Apr-Oct 9:00-18:00; Nov-Mar until 17:00
With one kilometer of pure white sand, Uppama Beach can be found beyond some sugarcane fields near the Gesashi no hirugi bayashi mangrove forest. This pristine beach is recommended when visiting Higashi Village, located in a mountainous area.
292-50 Gesashi, Higashi Village
Swimming season: Year round
This is a park set in the midst of mangrove trees in Gesashi Bay. The mangrove forest has been designated a national natural monument. There is a walkway through the park and an observation deck from where visitors can observe the mangroves.
54-1 Gesashi, Higashi Village