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Top Choice Beach in Miyako-jima

Sunayama Beach

Just 4km north of Hirara you will find this excellent little beach, which lies at the bottom of a large sand dune (hence the name 'Sand Mountain Beach'). A cool stone arch at one side of the beach provides a bit of …
Top Choice Izakaya in Miyako-jima

Pōcha Tatsuya

This hospitable izakaya is a warm, efficient bastion of Miyako-jima quality, serving fresh, thoughtfully-prepared local fare such as kobushime-yawaraka-ni (steamed cuttlefish; ¥730) and sūchiki (vinegared pork with …
Soba in Miyako-jima

Koja Honten

One block northwest of the intersection between Ichiba-dōri and Nishizato-dōri, this nondescript noodle house is something of a local legend. For more than 50 years, Koja has been serving up steaming bowls of sōki-s…
Southeast Asian in Miyako-jima


Fresh spring rolls, green curry, gōyā champurū and nasi goreng all feature on the menu here, and a young crowd keeps it lively if you're just here for a Singha beer or a sip of awamori.
Bar in Miyako-jima

Bar Pulse

Run by the English-speaking P-Boo, who spins tunes from his extensive and eclectic collection, this bar is a welcome aural refuge from Okinawa's ubiquitous soft-samba covers of Beatles ditties. The interior is prett…
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 folks due to its shallow waters. It's a lovely beach, but it can get crowded and the presence…
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-Ōhashi and drive to the northwest coast of Kurima-jima (来間島), where you will find the brilliant (an…
Shinto Shrine in Miyako-jima


Miyako-jinja is a recently reconstructed shrine hidden away in downtown Hirara.
Supermarket in Miyako-jima

Super Nakasone

Family-run grocery in Hirara.