Approximately 300 kilometers to the southwest of the main island of Okinawa is Miyako Island, the largest of the Miyako Islands. Miyako Island is a relatively flat island made of elevated coral reef. There are no rivers on the island, and due to the fact that the soil does not flow out into the sea, it is well known for having numerous beaches of exceptional beauty. According to rankings compiled by travel media, several beaches on Miyako Island rank among the top beaches in Japan. In addition, there is a wide range of gourmet dining options, from mangos, which are popular all over Japan, to the esteemed Miyako beef, sometimes referred to as the phantom beef.
Yonaha Maehama Beach consistently ranks among the top beaches in Japan, according to rankings compiled by the travel website TripAdvisor. From the white sandy beach on the shore to the water that transitions from emerald green to navy blue in a vivid gradience towards Kurima Island, it is truly exquisite and is said to be the most beautiful beach in the Far East. It is also among the longest of the beaches on Miyako Island with extensive marine leisure activities, from riding jet skis and banana boats to parasailing.
Cape Higashi-Hennazaki protrudes into the sea in a way that seemingly divides the Pacific Ocean to the south and the East China Sea to the north over a distance of 2 kilometers of dynamic landscape, and has also been designated as a national site of scenic beauty. It is also known as Cape Agari-Hennazaki. “Agari” is written as “east” in Japanese and is pronounced as “agari” in Okinawan language. Due to its location being prone to constant strong winds, the trees do not grow very tall, resulting in a community of plants with a distinctive windswept formation. The cape is a unique natural environment and has been designated by the prefecture as a natural treasure. The view taken from in front of the lighthouse is absolutely spectacular.
There are three bridges connecting Miyako Island to other islands. Irabu Bridge is the longest toll-free bridge in Japan. Ikema Bridge connects to Ikema Island with Cape Nishi-Hennazaki to the left and Ogami Island to the right. Pass by Yonaha Maehama Beach to cross Kurima Bridge. While it goes without saying that the view from the bridge as you cross over the sea is amazing, it should also be noted that the view offers changing scenery depending on the tide and the angle of the sun. Not only can you easily get to and from any of the five islands, you can also enjoy an array of superb views.
By air : Naha airport to Miyako airport (about 45 min)
*Direct flights are available from Tokyo and Osaka
Haneda(Tokyo) to Miyako – (about 2 hours and 55 minutes)
Osaka to Miyako – (about 2 hours 15 minutes)
By sea : None
Size / Population: 159.26km² / Approx. population of 47,700
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