Okinawa Island Guide

Everything on Okinawa Island from A to Z | Scenic sites & unique streets

Okinawa Island Guide


Karimata, Hirara, Miyakojima-City (Miyako Island)

At this westernmost and northernmost cape of the island are wind turbines that generate power. The turbines provide an iconic view of the cape.


Ikema Ohashi

Ikemama, Miyakojima City (Miyako Island)

Ikema Ohashi is a 1,425-meter-long bridge that connects Miyako and Ikema islands. The bridge was opened in February 1999 and cost 10 billion yen to build.


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.



Iriomote, Taketomi Town (Iriomote Island)

There is a spot on Iriomote Island that has been increasingly attracting the attention of tourists for the last several years. Funauki is a small, peaceful village with about 50 residents. The village is isolated from the rest of the island and has a tranquil feeling to it with a different sense of time. It has no paved roads or cars, and its lack of accessibility has preserved its natural beauty. Tours to Funauki are highly recommended. 

Ferries for Funauki depart three or four times a day from Shirahama Port. To get to Funauki Village from Ishigaki Island, catch a ferry at Ishigaki Ritou Terminal bound for Uehara or Funaura Port on Iriomote, then proceed by bus to Shirahama Port and on to Funauki by ferry. It is quite time consuming to visit Funauki Village by yourself and can cost more than participating in an organized tour.


Heiwa Street

Makishi, Naha City

This is the biggest shopping arcade running off Kokusai Street with its entrance right across from the Mitsukoshi department store. Heiwa Street is lined with a number of souvenir shops and Okinawan cuisine restaurants. There are also grocery stores, drugstores and more retail outlets catering to the locals.


Nouren Marketplace

Higawa, Naha City

This is a wholesale market that starts business around midnight. Products are sold very cheaply here, and you can buy at this market even if you’re not a wholesaler.


Taihei Street

Tsuboya, Naha City

This street is a microcosm of local life where vegetable stores, steamed fish paste shops, tempura shops and other food vendors operate side by side. The street gets crowded in the early evening hours with people buying food for dinner.


Ichiba Chuodori Street

Makishi, Naha City

At the intersection of Ichiba Chuodori and Ichiba Hondori Street, you will see kariyushi wear shops on the left-hand side; the Makishi Public Market, selling every kind of Okinawan food imaginable including dried goods such as bonito and smoked sea snake, is located on the right.

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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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Shintenchi Marketplace

Makishi, Naha City

This street has a nostalgic atmosphere that makes you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time 50 years.