Miyakojima Weather Tips: Enjoying the Okinawa Typhoon Season
15 September 2015
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The island of Miyakojima, lying southwest of Okinawa, Japan, is a hidden treasure that is being uncovered by more and more curious tourists and adventurers every year. All of the island’s nature-kissed ingredients—sub-tropical weather, lounging, swimming and diving, golf and exotic island getaways both on and offshore—usually combine to create the perfect vacation. That said, occasionally Mother Nature tries to bring the best-laid plans to ruin—usually in the form of a typhoon! In this article we will illuminate the mystery surrounding typhoon risk and show you that it’s mostly nothing more than a myth—regardless of what the Miyakojima weather forecast has in store, you can follow our simple tips below and have your day in paradise.
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Typhoon Risk: Challenging the Myth of Serious Danger

When most people hear the word “typhoon,” they imagine huge downpours and rip-roaring winds, monstrous weather systems that tear the roofs off of unsuspecting houses in their wake. The reality is usually far tamer—on mainland Japan, for example, the most that might happen during a typical typhoon is that the trains might stop temporarily. Staying inside—or at least outfitting yourself with clothes and shoes that will help you brave the wetness unscathed—is by far the best strategy. While islands like Miyakojima and Okinawa may be hit slightly harder than the mainland, planning ahead will go a long way toward ensuring that your getaway remains blissfully uninterrupted. Of course, knowing when they are likely to hit is an important first step.

Okinawa Typhoon Season

Because Okinawa is located considerably south of Japan's mainland, you may indeed encounter a typhoon during your stay on Miyakojima. Statistically, the primary season for approaching typhoons runs for about six months from May to October. They are most likely to hit during summer vacation from July to September, with the chances of approaches and landings peaking in August. This may sound like a lot, but keep in mind that Okinawa typhoon season is mostly about the probability of approach—even during peak times, typhoons only hit just a few times a year. In April and November, there is hardly ever any need to worry about typhoons; the climate is so mild that you can often go out in short sleeves, and travel expenses are less expensive than during the summer months.

The Silver Lining

Every cloud has a silver lining—even storm clouds. If you are unlucky enough to be caught unaware during one of those statistically-rare events, have no fear: Even at its strongest, a typhoon usually lasts for a day or less. Depending on the time of its arrival, you are just as likely to sleep through the worst of the storm at night as encounter it during the day.

Also, bear in mind that the severity of a typhoon depends not only on when it hits, but where—if the typhoon doesn’t hit Miyakojima directly, you are more likely to experience intermittent rain showers during an otherwise sunny day.

Speaking of sunny days, if you arrive only to discover that the Miyakojima weather forecast calls for a typhoon sometime during your stay, so much the better—the weather is gorgeous just before a storm. Use that precious window to take advantage of diving tours, island sightseeing excursions, and even golf—just before retreating inside to savor some of Miyakojima’s other indoor delights.


Miyakojima Weather is Your Friend: Things to Enjoy in the Storm


Shigira Resort Spa

Wait out the storm in luxury with the Shigira Resort Spa “Swiss Perfection” beauty regime, which offers facial and body treatment using a unique and soothing combination of peaches, Okinawa limes, alpinias, local herbs, and shell-flower oil, all indigenous to the island. Good for the body and soul, these treatments will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to explore when the sun comes out again. Of course, if you truly feel like being active no matter what the weather, you can always go to the gym.
Okinawan food

Traditional Okinawan food at Shigira Resort Restaurants

Temporarily bad Miyakojima weather may stop you from snorkeling or diving—but fine dining is an entirely different matter! Shigira Resort features a diverse array of sumptuous choices, from traditional Okinawan food to Chinese, Italian, Japanese and even steakhouse-style dining. Fresh fish and sushi options are always a given on the island, but it’s the popularity of beef that might surprise you. Miyako beef, made from special cattle raised exclusively on Miyakojima, has a succulent taste that will leave you craving the next bite—and forgetting that you are stuck inside for the day. Whatever your culinary desires, what better way to wait out the storm than with a heaping plate of delectable offerings in front of you and an overflowing glass of sake (preferably made from one of Miyakojima’s many breweries) in your hand?

Okinawa Shisa Dogs: Make Your Own

As a last resort, there are even places in town that hold workshops on how to make Okinawa Shisa dogs, Okinawa’s famous statues, so you can try making one to pass the time. Not only will this become a great indoor memory, but at least according to legend, you will be protected throughout the rest of your trip by your own original statue! Arts and crafts options like this can be found throughout the island and are especially good if you have a restless child or two who can’t wait to get into the water again.

Okinawa Typhoon Tips

- Whether it’s Okinawa typhoon season or not, check the weather before you leave and pack accordingly
- Bring flip flops or shoes that can easily dry in case you get caught outside in the rain
- Bring a collapsible umbrella
- If the typhoon makes direct contact, check with your resort’s concierge if you have any questions or need assistance
- Follow all beach warning and don’t enter the ocean when the beach is closed

Typhoons pass through Okinawa in about half a day to a day, so think of it as time to relax and reflect; you'll get through it. While any tropical destination occasionally has to contend with the whims of Mother Nature, Miyakojima can give you a tropical state-of-mind 365 days a year. Even if you must stay inside for a few hours, always remember that sometimes it’s the unforeseen events that give you the best memories in life.


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