Okinawa Island Guide

Everything on Okinawa Island from A to Z | Parks & nature attractions

Okinawa Island Guide

Anchi-hama Beach

2631-1 Sesoko, Motobu Town
Tel: 0980-47-7355


Bibi Beach Itoman

1-6-15 Nishizaki-cho, Itoman City
Tel: 098-840-3451


Azama Sun-Sun Beach

1141-3 Azama, Chinen, Nanjo City
Tel: 098-948-3521


Nirai Beach (Hotel Nikko Alivila)

600 Gima, Yomitan Village
Tel: 098-982-9111
Admission: Free


Moon Beach (Hotel Moon Beach)

1203 Maeganeku, Onna Village
Tel: 098-965-1020
Admission: 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for children


Kanucha Beach (Kanucha Bay Hotel & Villas)

156-2 Abu, Nago City
Tel: 0980-55-8880
Admission for outside visitors: 1,620 yen for adults, 540 yen for children *Prices include towel rental.


Rizzan Sea-Park Beach (Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay)

1496 Tancha, Onna Village
Tel: 098-964-6611
Admission: Free


Manza Beach (ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort)

2260 Seragaki, Onna Village
Tel: 098-966-1211
Admission: Free


Lily Garden

5-3-1 Hiyagon, Okinawa City (in Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park)

Attached to the Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park, in Awase, Okinawa City, this 15-hectare garden features 90,000 Easter lilies that bloom between the end of April and the first week of May. Filled with white blossoms giving off their distinctive fragrance, the garden attracts many people during its peak time. The garden can be found next to the campsite, in the southern part of the park.


Astronomical observation tower (Hateruma Island)

3905 Hateruma, Taketomi Town (Hateruma Island)
Hours: April-October: 10:00-17:00 (closed between 12:00-13:00), 20:00-22:00; November-March: 10:00-17:00 (closed between 12:00-13:00), 19:00-21:00
Closed: Mon
Admission: 400 yen for adults, 200 yen for children

This is an astronomical observation tower on the southernmost island of Japan, Hateruma. On a clear night you can enjoy the beautiful starry sky from the dome with the installed 20mm refracting telescope, but the place also offers a planetarium show, the optimal alternative to stargazing under unfavorable weather conditions. “Hateruma Island is never enveloped in absolute darkness. There are far more stars in the real sky than on conventional planetarium screens. In addition, Hateruma will make you realize how brightly a full moon shines in the night sky,“ says the chief of the facility, Mr. Oyamori, who has extensive knowledge about stargazing on the island. If the focus of your stay on Hateruma is stargazing, you are recommended to visit the island during the four days following the new moon. The Southern Cross is visible from Hateruma Island from late April through mid-June.


Mariudo Waterfall

Uehara, Taketomi Town (Iriomote Island)

This is one of Iriomote’s signature waterfalls located on the upper stream of the Urauchi River -- the longest river in Okinawa, flowing in the western area of Iriomote Island. A variety of tours to Mariudo Waterfall are on offer. The tours featuring a sightseeing boat ride to the base camp, known as Gunkan-iwa Point, a trek through subtropical forest from the base camp to the waterfall viewing platform and back (about 40 minutes, 3km round trip) and a kayak adventure from the base camp downstream on the river are very popular. This is a three-level waterfall with a height of 16 meters and an abundant quantity of water. You can enjoy the grandeur of Mariudo Waterfall even at a distance from the viewing platform. Featuring a beautifully rounded plunge basin, Mariudo Waterfall has been designated among the 100 best waterfalls in Japan.


Pinaisara Waterfall

Uehara, Taketomi Town (Iriomote Island)

This is a magnificent, three-tiered waterfall with a width of 20 meters and a drop of about 55 meters, the highest in Okinawa. The waterfall is located on the upper course of the Uchiura River -- the longest river in Okinawa, flowing in the western part of Iriomote Island. Pinaisara means old man’s beard. As its name implies, the waterfall has from a distance the appearance of the white beard of an old man. You can enjoy a refreshing swim in the huge plunge basin with a diameter of 130 meters. To get to Pinaisara Waterfall, you are encouraged to sign up for a tour that takes you trekking amid lush forest to the waterfall after a leisurely ride by kayak through the mangroves to the base camp (trekking: about 60 minutes one way; kayaking: about 40-50 minutes one way). The tour is designed for everyone, including kayaking beginners, to enjoy a first-hand experience with Iriomote’s great nature, including mountains, streams and waterfalls. From the top of the waterfall, you can admire an amazing panoramic view stretching as far as Hatoma, Barasu and Hatobanare islands.