Little known island paradise of Japan

Asia Travel Jun 14, 2019

Thinking about Japan, few people think that this is a suitable country to go to the beach but the truth is that this country has many beautiful beaches.


Yonaha Maehama Beach, Miyako Island: Located in the southwest corner of the island, this white sand beach stretches over 6 km. With clear and shallow water, this is a famous place for visitors to swim and play sea sports. In the low season, Yonaha Maehama feels relaxed and peaceful like a private beach.



Kondoi, Taketomi island: Taketomi island is famous for Ryukyu architecture, aesthetic and lifestyle is preserved from ancient times. Before dropping into the blue water of Kondoi beach, you should rent a ox cart to go around the village for 10 USD.



Minna, Minna-jima Island: Located on an island with a crescent moon, Mina beach is a favorite place for people who like to swim. With toilets, public showers, food stalls, jet ski rentals and rope jumps, Minna is chosen by many families.



Kabira Bay, Ishigaki Island: As the largest island of the Yaeyama Islands, Ishigaki has many sandy beaches and corals suitable for swimming or sunbathing. Kabira Bay is an oasis of emerald green waters and white sandy beaches in Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park, which is also one of two black pearl farms in Japan. You can buy a transparent bottom boat tour to see the underwater ecosystem.



Nishihama, Hateruma Island: Hateruma Island has a stone monument confirming Japan’s southernmost point – a favorite location for photographers. In addition, the island also has Nishihama beach with long white sand with clear water suitable for diving. Since there are very few traffic lights and street lights on the island, it is one of the few places in Japan where you can see the Southern Cross Constellation.



Hatenohama, Kume Island: You can reach a sand strip more than 6 km east of this Kume town by boat from the port of Tomari Fisherina. Surrounded by a ring of corals and rocks, Hatenohama is located in the middle of a shallow water and formed after thousands of years of tidal activity. Although there are no trees on the island, you will easily find a sunbathing place.



Aharen, Tokashiki Island: Tokashiki Island has a wonderful climate like the Bahamas. In the middle of the rich sea, Tokashiki is also the place to visit the sea turtles or humpback whales here in the winter. Aharen Beach is the ideal place to swim and snorkel. Drop yourself into the clear blue water and watch the colorful fish.



Nishibama, Aka Island: Aka Island does not lack beautiful beaches, but the best is Nishibama. This white sand strip, which is just over 1 km long, is quite empty. You can dive in clear water, lie on the sand overlooking the island of Zamazi and the nearby island of Amuro. After that, you can follow the wooden stairs behind the beach onto the observatory on Nishibama Bridge.