Okinawa Island Guide

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Okinawa Island Guide

Ikei Beach

Tel: 098-977-8464
Swimming season: Year round
Admission: Adults ¥400, ages 5-13 ¥300
Snorkeling: OK



Southeast Botanical Gardens

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
Open daily
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


Fukujigawa Seaside Park

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
Tel: 0980-51-2301
Hours: Apr-Oct 9:00-18:00; Nov-Mar until 17:00
Open daily


Uppama Beach

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
Tel: 0980-56-2767
Swimming season: Year round


Doki Doki Yambarunture

Tel: 0980-55-8118
Adults: ¥
6,500 / ages 11-15 ¥4,500 / ages 4-10 ¥500 Ride hours: 9:00 / 10:20 / 11:40 / 13:00 / 14:20 / 15:40 / 17:00

*Ages 4-12 must ride with an adult.
*About a 20-minute drive from Kyodo I.C.,
the northernmost end of the Okinawa Expressway


Hirugi Fureai Park

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
Tel: 0980-51-2433


Yagaji Beach

Tel: 0980-52-8123
Swimming season: Apr-Sep
Admission: Adults ¥600, ages 3-12 ¥300
Parking ¥600


Kariyushi Beach (Okinawa Kariyushi Beach Resort Ocean Spa)

1996 Kise, Nago City
Tel: 0980-52-4093
Admission: 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for children ages 4-12 *Prices include admission to the beachside pool.


Odo Beach (John Man Beach)

The beach offers great snorkeling with its crystal-clear water, home to a number of tropical fish. You can swim only during high tide; at low tide, the beach is crowded with locals exploring the exposed reef, observing marine creatures trapped in tide pools or clamming. It’s also well known as a diving and surfing point.


Uken Beach

644-3 Uken, Uruma City
Tel: 098-974-7772
Swimming season: Late Apr-late Oct
Parking ¥500


Nishihara Kira Kira Beach

17 Agarizaki, Nishihara Town
Tel: 098-944-5589
Swimming season: Late April trough Oct
BBQ available

This is a 550-meter-long beach easily accessible from Naha City, part of Nishizaki Marine Park. Here you can enjoy riding on a water scooter and various other fun, water-based activities, putter golf and games of beach volleyball and soccer (¥540 / hour).


Ocean Bridge

3570 Imadomari, Nakijin Village
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