Okinawa Island Guide

Everything on Okinawa Island from A to Z | Other islands

Okinawa Island Guide

Kurima Ohashi

Kurima, Shimoji, Miyakojima City (Miyako Island)

Kurima Ohashi is a bridge that connects Miyako and Kurima islands. The scene can be vastly different depending on the tide. Many locals and visitors cross the bridge to enjoy the stunning views it offers.

No Image


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.



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.


Reef Inn Kuniyoshi

178 Aharen, Tokashiki Village (Tokashiki Island)
Tel: 098-987-2206
Category: Hostels & guesthouses
Price range: Budget



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.


Hotel Nikko Yaeyama

559 Okawa, Ishigaki City (Ishigaki Island)
Tel: 0980-83-3311

Category: Resorts & hotels
Features: Outdoor pool
Price range: Moderate


Fusaki Resort Village

1625 Fusaki, Arakawa, Ishigaki City (Ishigaki Island)
Tel: 0980-88-7000

Category: Resorts & hotels
Features: Beach, outdoor pool, resort, family friendly
Price range: Moderate



2930 Kohama, Taketomi Town (Kohama Island)
Tel: 0980-85-3111

Category: Resorts & hotels
Features: Ocean view, resort, family friendly, outdoor pool
Price range: Luxury


Resort Hotel Kume Island

411 Magari, Kumejima Town (Kume Island)
Tel: 098-985-8001

Category: Resorts & hotels
Features: Resort, outdoor pool
Price range: Moderate


Shigira Bayside Suite Allamanda

926-25 Shinzato, Ueno, Miyakojima City (Miyako Island)
Tel: 0980-74-7100

Category: Resorts & hotels
Features: Resort, ocean view, outdoor pool, hot spring
Price range: Luxury