Nishibama Beach, Aka Island, Kerama Islands, Okinawa, Japan, Asia

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Nishibama Beach

Top choice in Okinawa & the Southwest Islands

Lovely beaches fringe every side of the island, but for sheer postcard-perfect beauty, it's hard to beat the 1km stretch of white sand on the northeast coast known as Nishibama Beach. It can be crowded in summer; if you want privacy, there are quieter beaches on the other sides of the island.

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2.11 MILES

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2. Fukushū-en

24.09 MILES

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6. Tsuboya Pottery Museum


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7. Tsuboya Pottery Street

25.07 MILES

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