Okinawa Island Guide

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Okinawa Island Guide


Higashieue, Ie Village (Ie Island)

A craggy, 172-meter-high mountain known as Tacchu is approximately 7,000 years older than the island itself. The mountain was created by a rare crustal deformation in which part of an old rocky layer moves to the top of a new rocky layer while being folded under the new layer. Here you can get the feeling of the enormous force of crustal movement.


Nyatiya Cave

1355 Kawahira, Ie Village (Ie Island)

There is a popular belief that female infertility can be cured by holding up the Bijiru-ishi, a holy stone found in this sacred cave. The cave is also called Sennin-gama as it was used a bomb shelter and saved numerous lives during the war.



Miyagi/Sunabe, Chatan Town

Sunabe, on the Miyagi coast, is popular with divers, who can be seen out in the water most days, and surfers, who are sure to be enjoying the good waves. When the sun sinks in the sky, you'll see locals out relaxing on the seafront embankment enjoying the sunset. Dotted along the waterfront are cafés, bars, restaurants and diving shops, and local residents can be seen year-round jogging or walking their dogs. In the summertime the Sunabe area is busy from dawn 'til dusk with tourists taking advantage of diving lessons.



Sawada, Irabu, Miyakojima City (Miyako Island)

Designated a natural monument by the Japanese government, tori-ike (lit. path lake) is known as a mystical lake harboring myths featuring mermaids and other sea creatures. Tori-ike consists of two lakes with 75-meter and 55-meter diameters and depths of 45 and 25 meters, respectively. The two lakes are interconnected under water and also linked to the ocean. This is a unique location where fresh and salt waters mingle, making it an ideal diving spot.


Komaka Island

Komaka Island is a small, uninhabited island ringed by beautiful white sand beaches and having a circumference of only 800 meters. The island is crowded with people who enjoy sea-bathing, diving, snorkeling and beach parties. You can see many colorful tropical fish swimming in the shallow waters near the beaches. In summer, you can enjoy camping under a star-studded sky. The only facility available on the island is a toilet. When visiting the island, don't forget to bring your own food, drinks and items such as beach umbrellas.


Mibaru Beach

1599-6 Hyakuna, Tamagusuku, Nanjo City
Tel: 098-948-1103


Tropical Beach

4-2-1 Mashiki, Ginowan City
Tel: 098-897-2759

This is an urban-style beach with shallow water located right next to the Okinawa Convention Center. Tropical Beach is popular among locals and tourists alike, and it gets crowded with people relaxing or enjoying a BBQ on weekends. From the beach, you can take in a magnificent view of the sunset.


Toyosaki Chura Sun Beach

5-1 Toyosaki, Tomigusuku City
Tel: 098-850-1139

Located 15 minutes on foot from Naha Airport, at the end of a pine tree-lined road, the beach offers a full day of fun with a variety of facilities, including beach volleyball and soccer areas, basketball courts and spacious playing fields.


Toguchi Beach

228 Toguchi, Yomitan Village
Tel: 098-982-8877

This 200-meter-long natural beach is a famous spot for watching the sunset. Located in Yomitan Village, just next to Tomarigusuku Park with recreational equipment for kids, Toguchi Beach is always crowded with local families.
*Jellyfish protection net not available.


Diamond Beach

100 Seragaki, Onna Village
Tel: 098-966-1280

This is a quiet, secluded beach located just behind the Onna branch of the Okashigoten sweets shop. The beach is recommended for those looking for a relaxing beach experience.


Tiger Beach

1550-1 Fuchaku, Onna Village
Tel: 098-993-7111

Sitting right in front of Hotel Monterey Okinawa Spa & Resort and immediately next to Fuchaku Beach, Tiger Beach is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty with its stretch of pure white sand. While many of the beaches in Onna's resort area are privately owned by hotels and resorts, this beach provides an accessible and comfortable atmosphere for everyone. Together with the adjacent Fuchaku Beach, Tiger Beach is well liked by locals and is often filled with people looking to enjoy the sunset in tranquil surroundings. Fuchaku Beach, on the other hand, is a popular spot for walking the dog.


Ishikawa Beach

Ishizaki, Ishikawa, Uruma City

This is a public beach situated on the eastern coast of Okinawa, just next to the Ishikawa Sports Park. From the gazebos built on the beach, you can look out over the large expanse of Kin Bay. Surrounded by lush trees providing some welcome shade, the beach is a popular spot for picnics.