Top ChoiceBeach in Miyako-jima

Sunayama Beach

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 sand dune (hence the name 'Sand Mountain Beach'). If...

Top ChoiceIzakaya 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...

Top ChoiceNoodles in Miyako-jima

Rāmen House Tida

This old-school family noodle joint exudes a Shōwa-era movie vibe if only for its fabulously faded original decor. Friendly hosts dish out hearty bowls of steaming broth, tasty fried rice and juicy gyōza. Many...

Top ChoiceCafe in Miyako-jima

Miyako-jima Cafe Karakara

Stop in to pay a visit to the inimitable and delightful Mr and Mrs Yamashita, who built this fabulously atmospheric sea-shanty cafe on the road to Ikema-jima, with their own love and gumption. Be sure to have a...

Izakaya in Miyako-jima


Nanraku is Miyako-jima embodied in an izakaya – an earthy, convivial atmosphere, with ingredients sourced from local bounty. Chef Nanraku-san is a local boy, and his celebration of the island's cuisine and its...

Beach in Miyako-jima

Yonaha-Maehama Beach

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...

Beach in Miyako-jima


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...

Bakery in Miyako-jima


If you couldn't see this hole-in-the-wall bakery, you'd smell it. It's unique for its owner's commitment to selling fresh bread throughout its opening hours. This means you'll find fresh rolls – plain (which are...

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...

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).

Beach in Miyako-jima

Yoshino-kaigan Beach

On the north side of Miyako-jima's southeastern cape, this long, shallow beach has a park featuring showers and toilets.

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...

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...

Southeast Asian in Miyako-jima

Asian Izakaya Kuusu

Fresh spring rolls, green curry, gōyā champurū (bitter melon stir-fry) and nasi goreng all feature on the menu here. A young crowd keeps it lively if you're just here for a Singha beer or a sip of awamori.

Shinto Shrine in Miyako-jima


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

Beach in Miyako-jima

Aragusuku-kaigan Beach

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