Top Choice Beach in Miyako-jima

Sunayama Beach

Just 4km north of Hirara you will find this little, archetypically tropical-Japan beach, which lies at the bottom of a large sand dune (hence the name 'Sand Mountain Beach'). If you've only got one beach day to spen…
Beach in Miyako-jima


If you've had a look at the crowds at Yoneha-Maehama and decided you want something quieter, head across the Kurima Bridge and drive to the northwest coast of Kurima-jima (来間島), where you will find the brilliant (an…
Beach in Irabu-jima & Shimoji-jima

Nakanoshima Beach

Easily the best snorkelling beach, Nakanoshima Beach is protected by a high-walled bay on the west coast of Shimoji-jima. You'll greatly enhance your experience by making your visit early in the morning, around lunc…
Island in Miyako-jima


Head north to drive across Ikema-Ōhashi (池間大橋) to the little island of Ikema-jima. The shallow aquamarine water on either side of this 1.4km bridge is insanely beautiful on a sunny day (just try to keep your eyes on…
Beach in Miyako-jima


On the southwest coast, beautiful Yonaha-Maehama is a 6km stretch of white sand that attracts a lot of families and young folk due to its shallow waters. It's a lovely beach, but it can get crowded and the presence …
Lighthouse in Miyako-jima

Higashi Henna-zaki

If you've got a car, we recommend a drive out to the southeastern tip of the island, a narrow finger of land that extends 2km into the Pacific Ocean. There are picnic tables, walking trails and a lighthouse at the p…
Cave in Irabu-jima & Shimoji-jima


An intriguing site for a stroll or dive is this pair of seawater pools on the west coast of Shimoji-jima, known by locals as 'dragon's eyes' – these are actually sinkholes in the coral that formed the island.
Beach in Miyako-jima


On the north side of the island's southeast end, this popular beach is great for shallow-water snorkelling and has showers and toilets.
Beach in Irabu-jima & Shimoji-jima


On Irabu-jima's west coast, this is the island's best swimming beach, with showers, toilets and a small cafe (open in high season).
Beach in Miyako-jima

Boraga Beach

On the southeast end of the island, this is a popular spot for snorkelling and kayaking (with a hair-raisingly steep access road).