Okinawa Island Guide

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Okinawa Island Guide

21st Century Forest Beach

2-2-1, Miyazato, Nago City
Tel: 0980-52-3183

Located on Nago Bay, this is a long stretch of man-made beach with snow white sand and calm water. With no rise/fall of the sea level, it provides pleasant swimming conditions regardless of the tide. The beach is popular among locals and families.


Sunmarina Beach (Sunmarina Hotel)

66-1 Fuchaku, Onna Village
Tel: 098-965-2222
Admission: Free

This beach boasts shallow, crystal-clear water in varying shades of blue that has been ranked top grade AA by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment. Beach Land is a popular water playground with a variety of fun attractions, such as an eight-meter-long water slide and trampolines.


Cape Maeda

One of the best snorkeling and diving spots on the island. After following a path down to the water, you can enjoy snorkeling and observe various tropical fish, the inhabitants of the coral reefs. A popular spot for watching the sunset as well.


Sea Turtle Museum of Kumejima

170 Ou, Kumejima Town (Kume Island)
Tel: 098-985-7513
Hours: 9:00-17:00
Closed: Tue
Admission: 300 yen for ages 16 and over, 200 yen for ages 6-15.

The facility was established for the purpose of preserving endangered sea turtles, with panels and video clips about its mission. You can watch turtles swimming slowly in the water tank.


Hate no Hama

Janado, Kumejima Town (Kume Island)

Stretching for seven kilometers offshore of Kume Island is a beautiful white sandbank called Hate no Hama, which has been featured in TV commercials and on posters. You can access Hate no Hama only by boat from Eef Beach (approximately 20 minutes).


Miibaru Beach

On this shallow beach stretching over two kilometers, you can enjoy a glass-bottom boat, BBQ, sea kayaking and various marine activities. Many locals gather at the beach for clam digging at low tide.


Yonaha Maehama Beach

Yonaha, Shimoji, Miyakojima City (Miyako Island)

This is the beach that has made Miyako Island a popular destination. With its seven-kilometer-long stretch of super fine white sand, Yonaha Maehama Beach is amazingly beautiful and has been called the best white sand beach in East Asia. Rarely crowded, the beach is an ideal destination for people looking to just relax and unwind.


Sunayama Beach

Shimozaki, Hirara, Miyakojima City (Miyako Island)

The natural arch at Sunayama Beach was created over time by sea winds eroding the exposed reef. Sunayama typifies the beaches on Miyako Island that can be found in every guidebook.


Ninjin Observation Tower

Around 1327 Tsuken Katsuren, Uruma City (Tsuken Island)

Ninjin, named for its carrot shape, is located atop a hill on Tsuken Island. The observation tower is a great vantage point, offering a 360-degree view of the island.


Tomai-hama (Tsuken Beach)

Tsuken Katsuren, Uruma City (Tsuken Island)

Shaped like an arch, Tomai-hama is a popular beach that is also equipped with a campsite nearby.

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Hyakuna Beach

Hyakuna, Tamagusuku, Nanjo City

Hyakuna Beach is an east coast beach located in the southern part of the island. Hyakuna Beach and the adjacent Mibaru Beach together make up a two-kilometer-long expanse of white sand. Hyakuna Beach is considered a sacred place by the Okinawans, and it boasts a unique atmosphere.

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Kushibaru Beach

Aka, Zamami Village (Aka Island)

A quiet beach located in the westernmost part of Aka Island with nothing nearby but the Kushibaru observation tower. With its pristine crystal clear waters, it is ideal for snorkeling and popular among tourists who despite its inconvenient access arrange transportation just to experience the snorkeling and swimming there.