Okinawa & the Southwest Islands

If you've seen the crowds at Yonaha-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 (and usually uncrowded) Nagamahama.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Okinawa & the Southwest Islands attractions

1. Yonaha-Maehama Beach

1.58 MILES

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…

2. Miyako-jinja

6.17 MILES

Hidden away in downtown Hirara, a district of Miyakojima city, Miyako-jinja is a recently reconstructed shrine that, over time, merged two disparate…

3. Toguchi-no-hama

7.03 MILES

On Irabu-jima's west coast, this is the island's best swimming beach, with showers, toilets and the delightful Blue Turtle bar-restaurant.

4. Nakanoshima Beach

8.44 MILES

The best snorkelling beach on Shimoji and Irabu, Nakanoshima Beach is protected by a high-walled bay on the west coast of Shimoji-jima. You'll greatly…

5. Sunayama Beach

8.55 MILES

Just 4km north of the Hirara district of Miyakojima city, you'll find this little, archetypally tropical Japan beach, which lies at the bottom of a large…

6. Tōri-ike

9.42 MILES

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…

7. Aragusuku-kaigan Beach

11.79 MILES

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

8. Boraga Beach

12.06 MILES

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