538 Kouri, Nakijin Village
Admission: 800 yen for adults, 300 yen for ages 6-12, free for under 6
Barrier-free accessibility *Except carts and observation deck
A scenic view site newly opened on Kouri Island in November 2013. Journey through a beautiful garden with ease by electric cart, viewing the subtropical vegetation and a waterfall, with the final destination a stunning view at the top of the observation tower. There are restaurants and a shell museum that exhibits more than 10,000 shells.
424 Ishikawa, Motobu Town
Swimming season: April-September 8:30-19:00; October 8:30-17:30
With its beautiful white coral sand and shallow, crystal-clear water, this uniquely shaped beach is located in the northern corner of Ocean Expo Park, which is home to the popular Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. The beach is large enough to accommodate over 3,000 people at a time. This is said to be the only beach in the country that is surrounded by a lagoon.
Hedo, Kunigami Village
Tel: 0980-41-2101 (Kunigami Village Office)
Hours: 24 hours
Cape Hedo is the northernmost point of Okinawa’s main island. From here you can enjoy one of the most breathtaking views on island. You’ll see both the Pacific and the East China Sea in one glance from the 230-foot-high cliff.
424 Ishikawa, Motobu-cho
Hours: 8:30-17:30 *Last entry 17:00; Mar-Sep 8:30-19:00 *Last entry 18:30
Admission: Age 16 and over ¥690, ages 6-15 ¥350, under 6 free
*A half-price entry discount is offered to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ticket holders.
*Free audio guide is available in English, Korean and Chinese at the reception desk.
424 Ishikawa, Motobu Town
Hours: March-September 8:00-19:30; October-February 8:00-18:00
Closed: 1st Wednesday and the following day of December
Admission: Free (playground equipment for ages 3-12 only)
This is an open-air recreation facility located on the premises of Ocean Expo Park. Sunset Square, as its name implies, affords an amazing view of the sun setting over the East China Sea, beautifully turning the sky and ocean red. There is no admission required for Sunset Square. (Admission to Ocean Expo Park is free, too.) After parking your car, you can get around the park on foot or by shuttle bus (fee).
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.
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.