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13 Okinawa Island Beaches With White Sand And Sparkling Waters

13 Okinawa Island Beaches With White Sand And Sparkling Waters

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Okinawa is a renowned area for travel, holding many of the most beautiful beaches in Japan and the world. This article suggests 13 stunning beaches along with the activities you can enjoy at these locations with white sand and crystal blue waters.

Translated by Shinji Takaramura

Written by MATCHA

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Okinawan Beaches, Highly-Regarded for their Beauty

Okinawa is a prominent Japanese resort area, blessed with a warm climate throughout the year. There are many beautiful, world-renowned beaches on Okinawa's islands. The peak temperature in March and April is around 20-25°C or 68-77°F, and some days can hit up to 30°C or 86°F, even in October. The beaches open on different days, so check in advance for some peace of mind.

Okinawa Island (Northern Area)

1. Manza Beach

Manza Beach, one of the most famous beaches in Okinawa, is located on the ANA Intercontinental Manza Beach Resort known for its clear blue waters. With parasailing, diving and other activities, the beach is patronized by many visitors

Manza Beach
Address: Okinawa, Kunigami district, Onna-son, Serakaki 2260
Google Maps
Access: From Naha Airport, 80 minutes by car. 100 minutes via Via airport limousine bus (1700 yen).

Homepage: ANA Intercontinental

2. Emerald Beach

Picture courtesy of OCVB

Emerald Beach is located in Kaiyohaku Park, next to the popular Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. The beach has white sandy beaches, and just like the name, the emerald green sea stretches out across the horizon. At beachfront stores you can rent items like parasols and life preservers. You can use the showers for free. Of course you can take a dip in the water, but it’s beautiful even to just gaze at the ocean. Be sure to drop by after you’ve been to the aquarium.

Emerald Beach
Address: Okinawa, Motobucho, Ishikawa 424 (inside Kaiyohaku Park) Google Maps

Access: From Naha Airport, two hours by car (on the highway). Two hours and 15 minutes via airport limousine bus (2500 yen), get off at the Kinen Koen bus stop.

Homepage: Kaiyohaku

3. Okuma Beach

Picture courtesy of OCVB

With natural white sand stretching for one kilometer, Okuma Beach

Address: Okinawa, Motobucho, Kunimura, Okuma 913 Google Maps

Access: From Naha Airport, 100 minutes by car (on the highway). Highway Bus [111] bound for the Nago Bus Terminal, and switch at the Nago Bus Terminal. Okinawa Bus [67] Hentona Line bound for Hentona Bus Terminal, get off at Okuma Beach stop. Three and a half hours (3,140 yen).

Homepage: Okuma

Okinawa Island (Central Area)

4. Zanpa Beach

Picture courtesy of OCVB

Zanpa Beach is near a steep 30-meter cliff, the Zanpa Cape. The cobalt blue sea is very impressive. While small, you can enjoy marine sports like riding water scooters.

Zanpa Beach
Address: Okinawa, Nakagami, Yomitanson, Uza 1933 Google Maps
Access: From Naha Bus Terminal to Yomitan Bus Terminal, 90 minutes by bus (1080 yen), 30 minutes from Yomitan Bus Terminal on foot

Homepage: Yomitan

5. Moon Beach

Picture courtesy of OCVB

Attached to Hotel Moon Beach, Moon Beach got its name from its bow shape resembling a crescent moon. The roughly 350 palm trees and the natural sandy white beach allows its visitors to enjoy a tropical feeling. You can also reserve a picnic tour at Hotel Moon Beach on the uninhabited island of Yo. In addition to snorkeling and barbecuing, you can enjoy relaxing in a swaying hammock.

Moon Beach
Address: Okinawa, Motobucho, Onnason, Maeganeku 1203 Google Maps

Access: From Naha Airport, 50 minutes by car. 65 minutes by airport limousine bus (1,500 yen), get off at Hotel Moon Beach.

Homepage: Moon Beach

6. Sunset Beach

Picture courtesy of OCVB

Sunset Beach at Chatanchoumihama, bustling with young people, is a popular hangout for locals. As the name implies, the sight of the setting sun is quite romantic. The nearby shopping mall and onsen facility lets you enjoy more than just the beach. The Ferris wheel at the shopping mall is also famous.

Sunset Beach
Address: Okinawa, Nakagami, Chatanchoumihama 2-chome Google Maps

Access: From Naha Airport, one hour via airport limousine bus (800 yen), get off at The Beach Tower Okinawa

Sunset Beach

Recommended Beaches on Okinawa Island (South Area)

7. Bibi Beach Itoman

Picture courtesy of OCVB

Bibi Beach Itoman, in front of the Southern Beach Hotel, has excellent access from the airport. There are places to barbecue along the beachside, and there are services which can provide you with appropriate equipment and ingredients. Twice a day, you can visit the uninhabited island of Ukaha, where there are whale fossils, on an adventure tour.

Bibi Beach Itoman
Address: Okinawa, Itoman, Nishizaki 1-6-15 Google Maps

Access: From the Naha Bus Terminal Yui Rail Akamine Ekimae stop, take Okinawa Bus 89 on the Itoman Line (25 minutes, 450 yen). Get off at Itoman and take a taxi for five minutes or walk for 40 minutes.

Homepage: Bibi Beach Itoman

8. Azama Sansan Beach

Picture courtesy of OCVB

Azama Sansan Beach, next to the Azama port in Nanjo City, is famous with locals and tourists alike due to its clear waters and white sand. It is also replete with marine sports like banana boating, half-pipes and Big Mable boating. It feels great to experience the thrill of gliding over beautiful waters at high speed.

Azama Sansan Beach
Address: Okinawa, Nanjo, Chinen Azama 1141-3 Google Maps

Access: From Naha Airport, 50 minutes by car. From Naha Bus Terminal, one hour on Toyo Bus 38, get off at the Azama Sansan Beach stop (780 yen).
Homepage: Azama

Beaches on Uninhabited Islands

9. Furuzamami Beach on Zamami Island

Picture courtesy of Zamami

Furuzamami Beach is a beach with clear blue waters, 50-70 minutes from Naha by high-speed ferry. In addition to snorkeling, diving and other activities, we recommend trying the kayaking. Look into the sea and you can see coral and tropical fish. From May 17th, 2018, some areas have been made off-limits for swimming due to coral conservation. Please be sure to check where you can swim when you arrive. Visitors who love the ocean and want to fully enjoy their time can camp and stay in cottages on the island.

Furuzamami Beach
Address: Okinawa, Shimajiri, Zamami, Zamami 1743 Google Maps
Access: From Naha Tomari port, take the high-speed Queen Zamami ferry for 50-70 minutes (3,140 yen). The Ferry Zamami is 90-120 minutes (2,120 yen). Click for details.


10. Yonahamaehama Beach (Miyakojima)

Picture courtesy of Miyakojima Library

This Miyakojima beach stretches for seven kilometers and is said to have the whitest sand in the Pacific. The shallow of the beach are beautifully transparent and you can see the island of Kurimajima, nine kilometers in circumference, across the water. The 1690-meter bridge that stretches across to Kurimajima is the longest on Miyakojima.

Yonahamaehama Beach
Address: Okinawa, Miyakojima, Shimojiyonaha 1199 Google Maps

Access: 15 minutes from Miyako Airport by car

Homepage: Miyako

11. Ishigakijima Sunset Beach (Ishigaki Island)

Picture courtesy of OCVB

At Ishigakijima Sunset Beach, you can get your fill of nature. With fish and squid swimming about in the clear waters, you can enjoy here snorkeling, too. The shower, toilet, and changing facilities are available for 300 yen (150 yen for children). There are also plenty of places to eat as well as rental shops.

Ishigakijima Sunset Beach
Address: Okinawa, Ishigaki, Hirakubo 234-323 Google Maps
Access: 40 minutes from Shin-Ishigaki Airport by car
Homepage: ISB

12. Kondoi Beach (Taketomi Island)

Okinawa’s original scenery still remains on Taketomi Island, with rows of homes with red brick roofs and oxcarts in the streets. Kondoi Beach has clear waters and calm waves in the shallows, making it popular with families. Kaiji Beach is five minutes away by car, with star-shaped sand particles created by the beach. Go searching for the star sand after you’ve enjoyed a dip!
Kondoi Beach
Address: Okinawa, Yaeyama, Taketomi, Taketomi Google Maps
Access: 43 minutes on foot from Taketomi Higashi Port, 12 minutes by rental cycle. 10-20 minutes from Taketomi to Ishigaki by high-speed ferry (600 yen)

13. Nishihama Beach (Hateruma Island)

Picture courtesy of: Taketomi Tourist Association

Nishihama Beach is on the southernmost inhabited island in Japan, Hateruma Island, and is notable for itsHateruma Blue waters. One hour from Ishigaki Island by high-speed ferry, in the evening the crimson sun sinks into the sea, and at night a perfect starry sky spreads out. We suggest spending a night here to enjoy the scenery.

Nishihama Beach (Hateruma Beach)
Address: Okinawa, Shimajiri, Zamami, Aka Google Maps
Access: 15 minutes from Hateruma Port on foot. One hour from Ishigaki Island to Hateruma by high-speed ferry (3,090 yen)

Enjoy the Best of Okinawa

Okinawa has a unique culture, traditions and food, in addition to its magnificent beaches. Plan to spend a day on the beach or go sightseeing, and enjoy Okinawa to the fullest.

* Prices are as of July 2018, and are subject to change.

Original writer: Sawada Tomomi
*This article was rewritten from the original version on 2016/7/28.

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