Get ready for the upcoming summer weather with our list of some of the top beaches to visit on your trip to Okinawa. The summer heat is almost here and many people are planning their visit to Japan. Beaches are a top destination for tourists and locals alike, cool off and make sure you pack some sunscreen before you visit the beautiful shores of Okinawa.
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Voted as the number one beach in Japan by TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice, Yonaha Maehama Beach is what an ideal beach escape is thought to be. Yohana Maehama Beach is located on the beautiful Miyako Island in the Okinawa prefecture where travelers come from around the world to dig their toes into the sand and take in a picture perfect beach with white sands and blue skies. If you only visit one beach in Okinawa, Yohana Maehama Beach is definitely the one you should choose!
If you find yourself on the Taketmoi Island in Okinawa you are most likely already at the beautiful white sands of Kondoi Beach. Ranked as one of the top 10 beaches to visit in Japan, Kondoi Beach in Taketomi Island is one beach that will stick with visitors well after they have left. The picturesque white sands and panoramic views of clear waters will make anyone feel they have stumbled upon a paradise.
Onna beach off the west coast of Okinawa is popular for its resort hotels, white beaches and amazing nature. The nearby village of Onna-Son offers scuba along with many different tourist activities. Here you are able to explore the nearby Kenmin no mori Forest Park as well as the local caves and snorkeling.
Nishihama Beach is located in the beautiful Hateruma Island in the Okinawa prefecture where travelers get much more than just a spectacular of the blue oceans. Nishihama Beach is also located near the coral reef where visitors can snorkel or dive to take a glance at some of the most beautiful marine life in Japan. For those who do not enjoy underwater activities, laying out on the white sand and taking in the sun is just one of many ways to enjoy the amazing Nishihama Beach.
Okinawa is filled with amazing beaches at almost every shore. Hatenohama Beach is no exception to this as it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Okinawa. Located on Kumejima Island, visiting Hatenohama Beach is like walking through a travel brochure except you are actually there. Visitors can also enjoy the local marine life here by snorkeling and diving with guided instructors. Make sure to take your suntan lotion because you will want to stay all day at this picture perfect beach.
Uken Beach in Uruma city is a very popular beach for people who enjoy camping and hiking. During the summer, there are often fireworks shows here as well as some great live performances. One major attraction of the beach is its popularity for sea turtles to lay their eggs near the shore. This is one of the only major beach areas in Okinawa that allows for dogs, so maybe you’ll get to see some cool pups on your visit to Uken beach.
Sunset Beach, located near Mihama America Village is a great place to catch an amazing view of the setting sun. Nearby, you’ll find a large ferris wheel as well as a shopping street to grab up some goodies on your trip. The swimming areas are netted off, so you don’t have to worry about any of the local jellyfish giving you an unwanted hug. Additionally, this is a popular spot for summer beach parties.
This beach has a great view of an emerald green lagoon and the surrounding reef. This pearl white beach nearby is considered and rated one of Japan’s top beaches. Some of the nearby attractions include Ocean Expo Park and the Churaumi Aquarium. Emerald beach is also a popular spot for fireworks during the summer.
Part of the Okuma Resort, Okuma beach’s white sands are a stark contrast to the bright blue waters surrounding it. Here you are able to play golf, take part in things like scuba diving. This popular resort provides many activities and events, such as the upcoming spring break Okuma during April.
Zanpa Beach is well known for being clean and safe. The beach is secluded by the cape with a low tide. Zanpa Beach also boasts its view from the cliff side of the Zanpa Cape Park. Additionally you are able to take boat tours as well as rent jet-skis for a fun family experience. The nearby Zanpa Cape Park also houses a beautiful lighthouse that is open for visitors.
Nishihara Kira Kira Beach
Nishihara Kira Kira beach is over 500 meters long with areas for sports such as baseball. Throughout the year, people come here to have parties and barbecues on the beach. Okinawa’s Nishihara Kira Kira Beach is full of special activities for people to enjoy such as jet-skiing. Additionally there is a shopping area nearby if you are looking for something to take home with you.