Miyakojima
Miyakojima will help you unwind and forget about your life back home. Bask under the Okinawan sun and sink toes your toes into its warm sandy beaches or swim with sea turtles in its luminous and crystal clear waters.
Okinawa Solo Travel
It’s not hard to see why traveling alone is becoming so popular these days. Solo travel provides all kinds of opportunities to try new things, meet new people and see the world from a different perspective. Perhaps the best part of being a solo traveler is that you alone get to decide where you go, how you get there and what you do when you arrive—a tantalizing prospect especially for those looking to set foot on one of Japan’s many subtropical islands. Fortunately for those who want their very own Okinawa solo travel experience, from health and wellness to sightseeing and watersports, the islands offer plenty of chances to find fun and adventure.

 

Okinawa Solo Travel Activities

Okinawa Movies
Whether it’s the image of cobalt blue seas reflecting the shimmering light of the tropical sun, a yearning to stroll in the surf over the golden sands on pristine beaches or the whiff of adventure arising from tales of old-world pirates, explorers and shipwrecks, there is something about remote pacific islands that manages to capture the imagination in music, fiction and film. 
Okinawa is no exception, with scores of movies set on its rocky shores and sandy beaches. While you are probably not familiar with many of the lesser-known Okinawa movies out there, both Hollywood and indie directors from various countries have used the main island and surrounding as a backdrop for an amazingly diverse array of stories. Here are a just a few of the more popular mainstream films featuring Okinawa in some way. 



 

Movies set in Okinawa

The Karate Kid Part II

An Okinawa Alcohol Guide
To vacationers who have tasted the spoils of island life, it is no mystery why so many travelers seek the delightful blessings of southern climes.  While shimmering waters, alabaster beaches and warm ocean breezes are no small part of the allure of a vacation in Japan’s tropical paradise, they are but a few of the archipelago’s many exotic offerings.  Among other excellent reasons to book a trip to the Okinawan islands is one of the prefecture’s best kept secrets: Its unique collection of local alcoholic beverages, starting with world-renowned awamori. After highlighting some of the best Okinawa alcohol, each suffused with tropical charm and island character, we will also introduce some wonderful places to drink it. 



 

Okinawan Alcohol from Awamori to Mango Mojitos

Awamori

The Best Beaches in Japan
Japan is a country of tremendous natural beauty and diversity, with vast snow-packed mountain ranges, dense forests, fresh-water lakes and, last but not least, a collection of world-class beaches. From the shores near the northern tip of Honshu to the gleaming sub-tropical waters of the Okinawan islands where the ocean remains warm from March to October, here are 9 of the best beaches in Japan, all waiting for you to discover.


 

9 of the Best Beaches in Japan

 

Isshiki Beach (Kanagawa)

Best Okinawa Hiking Spots
While the southern islands of Okinawa prefecture are most famous for their dazzling blue oceans, abundant coral reefs and pristine beaches, what fewer people know is that the islands also offer a wealth of adventures for serious hikers. Here are six fantastic Okinawa hiking excursions from Miyakojima to Iriomotejima for travelers with an irrepressible urge to roam the countryside.
 

Breathtaking Okinawa Hiking Excursions from Relaxing to Wild

 

Miyakojima

Higashi Henna Zaki
While most tourists come to Okinawa in search of golden sands, warm seas and the gentle ocean breeze, visitors are also often mesmerized by the palpable ambience of the archipelago’s intriguing history. So unique and significant are the collection of Okinawa castle ruins, tombs and holy sites that UNESCO has awarded World Heritage Site status to no less than nine of them, and other sites designated Natural and Scenic Beauty abound. Take some time to visit some of these incredible monuments and walk in the footsteps of kings.


 

9 Historic Okinawa Castles and Okinawa World Heritage Sites

 

Shurijo Castle

Miyakojima
Photo by Vitorio Benedetti on flickr

Okinawa is trending for travel, not only for people interested in Japan but as a destination in its own right. Savvy travelers from all corners of the globe are planning trips to Okinawa and surrounding islands like Ishigakijima, Iriomotejima, Kohamajima and Miyakojima—each with fabulous food, deep traditions, and unparalleled luxury to match the subtropical setting. If you do decide to stay on one of these islands, your accommodation needs should reflect the kind of experience you want.  Are you a solo traveler looking for adventure? Are you planning a relaxing family vacation, or even a romantic getaway? Whatever your desires, Okinawa accommodation on those four islands ranges from the compact to the luxurious, each choice helping to make your tropical dreams a beautiful reality.


 

Okinawa Accommodation on 4 Popular Island Destinations

Ishigakijima

Ishigakijima may only be a single island in the Yaeyama island chain, but it holds treasures far beyond what you would expect. In addition to boasting some of Okinawa’s most popular beaches including Sunset Beach and Yonehara Beach, it also offers a host of great physical activities like kayaking, snorkeling, and mountain-climbing options on not one but two fabulous peaks. When it’s time to settle down for a bite after all the activity, treat yourself to top-notch cuisine such as delicious Yaeyama soba as well as several renowned sushi shops that are sure to make connoisseurs out of even the most land-based epicureans, not to mention a vibrant nightlife. For those who want to get in deep, there are also plenty of cultural opportunities in Ishigaki festivals especially during the O-bon season. Finally, Ishigakijima also provides a great access-point to the other islands.


Blue Cabin Ishigakijima
Fishing in Okinawa
Tourists come from all over the world to partake in what the oceans around Miyakojima have to offer. Whether it’s surfing, diving, swimming in sparkling emerald waters or just combing the powdery sands, this tiny sub-tropical island has something for everyone. One pastime in which visitors of all ages and levels of experience can happily participate is the ever-popular sport of fishing, which in Japan’s southernmost archipelago, can mean anything from casting your line off the pier to hauling in prize marlin from the chair at the back of a deep-water Okinawa fishing charter. Here are a number of ways visitors can grab their poles and get in on the action.

 

Okinawa Fishing from Shore to Spear, Deep Sea and More


Line Fishing from Shore
While every newlywed couple has their own ideas about the perfect honeymoon, most would find it hard to resist the allure of unspoiled sandy beaches and palm trees swaying in a gentle ocean breeze—a splendor epitomized by Japan’s southernmost island chain. Whether you and your new partner seek a sporty adventure or prefer a more leisurely kind of honeymoon in Okinawa, there is no better place in the archipelago than Miyakojima. From sports and leisure to food and where to stay, here are some great suggestions to help you plan your ideal Okinawa honeymoon and realize your tropical dreams.

 

Okinawa Honeymoon Ideas for Active Couples


Marine Sports
Shigira beach
Have you ever dreamed of a tropical paradise where you can forget your worries to the lullaby of the gentle surf as the stresses of daily life in the city melt away? Dream no more! A mere three-hour flight from Tokyo, the white sandy beaches and azure sparkling waters of Miyakojima await.

With a yearly average temperature of 23 degrees(about 73 degrees), balmy Miyakojima is recognized as one of Japan’s most idyllic tropical resort locales. But for those not familiar with Japan’s southern island chain beyond the main island of Okinawa, it is also one of the world’s best-kept beach resort secrets. Whether your pastime is swimming, diving, kayaking, sunbathing or simply collecting shells in the warm Pacific breeze, you’ll find much to enjoy on these nine Miyakojima beaches.



 
Souvenir shop
When travelers visit exotic locales, they are seldom content to leave without a physical token by which to remember their journeys. While some are content with generic fare, most people search for items that reflect the cultural and historical uniqueness of the places they visit. When considering what to buy in Okinawa, remember that the richness of this island chain extends beyond the main one. Miyakojima, for example, has a rich heritage and thriving local crafts scene that provides travelers with a wide variety of choices. Here are some suggestions for souvenirs available on Miyakojima.


 
Miyakojima

One of the great things about being on a subtropical island is that visitors get to enjoy nearly perfect weather year round. Whether you want to go golfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking or simply wish to relax, you will likely be comfortable whatever the season. With that said, it pays to keep in mind that with a blazing hot summer where temperatures soar to the mid 30s and a winter that settles as low as a fairly gentle 14 degrees, some events and attractions are distinctly seasonal. Keeping Miyakojima weather in mind as we go, we will highlight some of the many activities that can be enjoyed throughout each season on the island.



 
Okinawa festivals
If there is one thing that characterizes Okinawan life more than any other, it is the many different festivals that take place annually throughout the islands. Featuring rousing music, sports competitions and ancient cultural rites ranging from opulent to mysterious and even strange, here are 5 important and fun Okinawa festivals that everyone traveling to the islands should mark on their calendars.



 
Hatsuhinode
New year in Okinawa and the surrounding islands is no less important than it is for mainland Japan. Stretching from December 28th to January 3rd, it is Japan’s longest holiday and is generally seen as a time to be spent with family. In that respect Okinawa is no different. What sets Okinawa apart from the mainland, besides its mild sub-tropical climate, are the unique trappings of Okinawan culture that find their way into the various celebrations. Let’s take a look at some of these Okinawa New Year traditions to find out what makes them so special.


 
Ishigakijima
When most people think of Okinawa, the main island (Okinawa Honto) is what comes to mind. What a lot of people don’t realize is that Okinawa is actually an extended archipelago, with numerous island gems glittering in the Pacific, each with their own local cultures, customs and even languages. Of the southern islands, the most widely known are the seven main islands of the Yaeyama group (and of course Miyakojima, which is part of its own group). The Yaeyama islands are all accessible either by ferry or airplane, each offering the visitor its own brand of sub-tropical charm.



 

7 Yaeyama Islands from Ishigakijima to Taketomijima

Photo by nachans on flickr

A land of wondrous natural scenery and impressive biological diversity, the sub-tropical islands of Okinawa are home to a dazzling array of rare and beautiful wildlife. Though world-renown for its bountiful coral reefs and abundant sea life, the natural diversity of Okinawa wildlife goes far beyond fish. In fact, the islands are teeming with wildlife just waiting to be discovered, as long as you know what to look for and where to look. If ever you do decide to make the journey, here are some of the unique and magnificent Okinawa animals you might find.




 

Okinawa Wildlife Beyond Fish: 6 Animals to Look For

Ryuso
When somebody says the words “Okinawan fashion,” most people automatically think about kariyushi, the colorful Hawaiian-like shirts worn as business casual in the sweltering months from May to October. However, while kariyushi wear is the most popular daily business attire for both men and women, it is not generally worn on ceremonial occasions such a school graduation or coming-of-age ceremonies. On such momentous days, Okinawans regale themselves in much more formal and traditional Okinawan clothing, kimono-style robes known around the world as Ryusou (“clothing of Ryukyu,” the original name of the Okinawan islands and the kingdom that ruled over them). Learn how they are different from traditional Japanese kimono, what kinds of designs and material you can expect to see, how to accessorize, and even where to try one on yourself!


 
Hikanzakura

While the springtime beauty of Japanese cherry blossom trees is already world-renowned, few people know that in Japan’s southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, explosions of pink sakura can be seen as early as January. Even more special than the timing is the fast-blooming Okinawa cherry blossom that comes with it, a type that stands breathtakingly apart from its mainland cousins. Find out what makes Okinawa sakura so unique—and explore the rugged pleasures of cherry blossom season in the tropics of Japan.


 
Okinawa beach image
It would be wonderful if everyone could live right by the ocean, a few steps away from golden sands and resplendent turquoise waters--but alas, most of us live in places all too far from the sea. Perhaps that explains the popularity of beach movies, which offer an escape from reality, magically transporting us to places where we can just about smell the sea salt and feel the sand between our toes. If you find yourself stuck in the city or need a break from suburbia, why not take an instant holiday in the tropics with some of the best beach movies around—including two new animated ones for the kids.

 
Okinawa Golf Courses
Without a doubt, golf is a spectacularly popular pastime in Japan. With a greater number of golf courses than all other Asian countries combined, the land of the rising sun has become a favored destination for golfers in search of well-designed and beautifully kept facilities. What relatively few people know is that Japan’s southernmost prefecture is home to more than 30 golf courses, some of them truly world-class, and that long after a blanket of snow has settled over the mainland, golfers in Okinawa can enjoy leisurely days out on the fairway under the warm sub-tropical sun. If golf is your sport, be sure to check out these first-rate Okinawa golf courses.



 

6 Okinawa Golf Courses Offering Breathtaking Views and Challenging Holes

Best Okinawa Diving Spots
The breathtaking Japanese island chain of Okinawa is known as one of the greatest scuba diving destinations on earth. With underwater horizons featuring pristine coral reefs and countless other tropical wonders, the chain of islands stretching from Okinawa Honto to Yonagunijima boasts a tremendous diversity of dive sites suitable for divers of all levels of skill and experience. So throw on your scuba gear, jump in, and discover the best Okinawa diving spots for yourself.

 

Best Okinawa Diving from the Main Island to Miyakojima

Best Beaches in Okinawa
The islands of Okinawa offer a diverse variety of breathtaking beaches, each providing opportunities for leisure and relaxation that are second to none. Many sandy beaches with gentle slopes and shallow water are easily accessible to children and families, while other rougher, deep-water beaches are better suited for intrepid marine adventurers. Some beaches are available for both public and private use, and most are perfect for BBQ events and parties. Here are 5 of the best beaches in Okinawa, each with an enchanting promise for everyone.


 

5 Best Beaches in Okinawa

 

Renaissance Beach (Okinawa Main Island)

Ueno German Culture Village
 

Okinawa Theme Park Parade: 4 Great Spots in Miyakojima

When thinking about how to take advantage of Miyakojima’s stunning natural bounty, activities such as snorkeling, diving, watersports, and island tours immediately come to mind. While Miyakojima certainly offers these opportunities in abundance, some may want to break from traditional tourist options and take a more “local” approach, learning about the island’s deep cultural heritage, cuisine and crafts while thoroughly enjoying themselves. Okinawa theme park options are surprising, not least on Miyakojima—simply get off the beach, get out of the water, and head to one of the island’s 4 theme parks and cultural facilities for a change!

 
Miyakojima Restaurants and Bars
From tours on land and sea to water sports, golfing, diving and much more, the daytime leisure possibilities on the breathtaking island of Miyakojima are endless--less easy is discovering what to do when the sun goes down. To truly savor the tastes and nightlife of Miyakojima, having the most up-to-date Information about high-quality eateries and watering holes is a must. These 7 Miyakojima restaurants and bars, culled from the finest the island has to offer, will each give you a great reason to stay up for the sunset--and toast to the night.
 
Miyakojima Shigira Resort
Most everyone has probably heard of Okinawa, an idyllic island located southwest of the southernmost tip of Japan’s mainland. What most probably do not know is that Okinawa is actually made up of a chain of islands, each offering their own version of Shangri-La for anyone who might be searching for it. Here are three best Okinawa resort islands for your next getaway!
 
Resort Golf in Miyakojima, Okinawa
With its plethora of nature and marine activities, fabulous local delicacies and wonderful hospitality, the island of Miyakojima embodies the splendor of Okinawa. But while the taste of Miyako steak and the views from Cape Hennazaki are increasingly coveted by adventurers and leisure-seekers alike, Miyako golf is also a burgeoning pastime that is more than worth the price of plane and hotel fare to the island. From stunning scenery to tantalizing tastes and amenities, here are 7 reasons why Miyako golf is great.
 
Miyako Airport
If you are reading this article, you probably already know at least a little bit about Miyakojima, a heavenly tropical paradise that is part of Okinawa’s island chain; you may even be planning a visit! What you may not know is how easily accessible it actually is from Japan’s bustling Tokyo capitol, or how easy it is to get around once you arrive. From flying into Miyako Airport to shuttle, bus, bicycle and Miyakojima car rental services, we have the information to help you navigate smoothly during your trip.

 

Kurima Bridge
During your luxurious holiday on the Okinawan island of Miyakojima, you will surely want a snapshot (or one hundred!) for each of your happy memories. This heavenly setting will afford you many a stunning photographic opportunity, but if time is limited, you are going to want to know exactly where to go and when. Below we have chosen six sensational places, including Sunayama Beach, Maehama Beach and beyond, that are more than just favorites of Okinawa photography buffs; rather, they are wholly unique to Miyakojima itself.


 

#1: Imugya Marine Park (“Ingya”)

Standup Paddleboarding
While most people come to Miyakojima to relax, it would be a shame to spend an entire trip just sipping cocktails. Shimmering seas and precious coral reefs await you—what better way to explore them then by jumping headlong into some marine sports? From Miyakojima diving to paddleboarding and even a few more extreme options like jetboat rides, here are some of the best sports that the island has to offer.
 
Cloudy sky
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.
 
Miyakojima Awamori
Anyone who takes a trip to Miyakojima, an island in southern Okinawa, can’t help but remember the breathtaking sights and sounds, not to mention the wonderful food. But while pictures can fade and sounds can become faint echoes, we can bring the tastes of our travels with us wherever we go; we just need that one small reminder, the perfect ingredient, to bring our culinary journeys to life once again. 

Let us explore the plethora of flavorful Okinawa souvenirs available in Miyakojima, which is rich in the blessings of nature and sea, from delectable local snacks to special tropical fruits and heavenly libations that you simply can’t get outside of Okinawa.
 
Higashi Henna Zaki
The cape of Higashi Henna Zaki is a long, narrow protrusion extending from Miyakojima, where the waves crash dramatically against the steep, jagged limestone cliffs. The ocean sparkles blue in contrast with the lush greenery of the cape and the limestone. At the tip of the cape is a picturesque white lighthouse, perfect for viewing the coral-dotted ocean panorama below. Smelling the salt-tang of the sea’s breeze and hearing the ocean waves bat against the cliffs like so much natural music, we think you’ll agree that just walking the cape is a feast for the senses. With its secluded location, captivating ocean views, and striking solitary lighthouse, Miyakojima’s Higashi Henna Zaki is a place not only to be seen, but to be fully experienced in all its wonder.

 
Swim with Sea Turtles in Miyakojima
Have you ever wanted to swim alongside a gentle sea turtle in pristine waters? If so, you should try snorkeling or diving in Okinawa. There are seven species of sea turtles in the world; of these, three nest in Okinawa and two more pass through Okinawan waters during their migrations. Furthermore, the water visibility in Okinawa is excellent, and there are many easy entry points for beginning snorkelers. These features, combined with shallow, temperate waters, make Okinawa one of the best places in the world for a chance to swim with sea turtles.

 
Shigira beach
Have you ever dreamed of an idyllic paradise where your worries are forgotten with the lulling sound of crystal clear waters, and the stresses of the working day melt away as white sand trickles through your toes? What if you were to learn that such a heavenly paradise awaits with just a short plane ride away from Tokyo?