What to do and see in Miyakojima, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

August 4, 2017 Diedre Savory

The island of Miyako-jima is home to beautiful beaches, perfect for sunning, swimming and snorkeling. When you’re sun-spent, migrate to the Miyakojima City Tropical Plant Garden to marvel at over 1,500 species of exotic tropical plants. Toast your travel companions with Japanese shochu while you nibble on specialty soba noodles.
Restaurants in Miyakojima

1. Yabiji

North side of Ikema Island, Miyakojima 906-0000, Okinawa Prefecture
Excellent
84%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 133 reviews

Yabiji

Reviewed By ari88_036 - Groningen, The Netherlands

We went to the coral with boat tour in which 4 yo kid can attend by name of Mare cruise. We did three snorkeling at different points which were recommended by the captain. It cost about 10000 yen per adult and 8000 yen per child. it includes delicious lunch and Deserts. There are very beautiful corals in the sea, and many many fishes.

2. Yonaha Maehama Beach

Shimijiyonaha, Miyakojima 906-0305, Okinawa Prefecture +81 980-76-6001
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 917 reviews

Yonaha Maehama Beach

Reviewed By HSThakur - Yokohama, Japan

Great beach with crystal clear water, good for swim and for getting some sun. Umbrella and chairs are available for rental (2000yen/day), rest there are some activities happening around but I wouldn't recommend any as it's more of a place to relax than seek adventure. Its good to visit during day and over the sunset too.

3. Irabu Bridge

Hirara, Miyakojima 906-0015, Okinawa Prefecture +81 980-72-2769
Excellent
61%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 762 reviews

Irabu Bridge

Reviewed By eTaka - Tokyo, Japan

Newest (about 2years old) bridge connecting Miyakojima and satellite island Irabu, 3540m long and toll free. Can cross by car or if feeling adventurous by own two feet though will take more than an hour I suppose. Both sides gleaming with azure colored and so clear a sea.

4. East Henna Cape

Gusukubebora, Miyakojima 906-0101, Okinawa Prefecture +81 92-512-9720
Excellent
55%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 522 reviews

East Henna Cape

Reviewed By kirakira7241 - Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

It was a chilly, windy day when we visited but the weather did not deter from the area's beauty. The lighthouse was a steep climb but offered excellent views of the seas in brilliant shades of blue. I can see this area being really crowded in the summer months but in March when we went, it was practically deserted.

5. Aragusuku Beach

Gusukubearagusuku, Miyakojima 906-0102, Okinawa Prefecture +81 980-73-1881
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 391 reviews

Aragusuku Beach

Reviewed By misstlee - London, United Kingdom

This is (in my opinion) the best snorkeling spot on the East coast of Miyakojima. There are wooden picnic tables where you can dump your stuff while you go in the water, and you can rent an umbrella all day for 1000 yen. The people who work there are unbelievably kind and enthusiastic. They are so happy when you express how much you love their beach!

6. Toguchi no Hama

Irabuirabu, Miyakojima 906-0503, Okinawa Prefecture
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 203 reviews

Toguchi no Hama

Reviewed By Joe G - Okinawa-shi, Okinawa, Japan

Toguchi Beach on Irabe Island, just next to Miyako Island, is a pristine beach. Fine, white sand; plenty of palm trees; azure water; a nice little get-away! Go a little early and have a semi-private beach! We arrived at 8:30 one morning and had the beach to ourselves for at least an hour. However, by 10 am, the beach-comers are arriving! Showers and bathrooms available and a restaurant as well. Hours on restaurant are iffy, tho?! GOOD place to get away - not as popular or crowded as other Miyako Beaches. Enjoy!

7. Shimojiiima Island

Irabe, Miyakojima 906-0505, Okinawa Prefecture
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 350 reviews

Shimojiiima Island

Reviewed By chitownsam - Chicago, Illinois

Cross the Irabu bridge. Shimoji-jima island looks to be almost the western part of Irabu island. There is the large Shimojijima airport - but I didn't see any planes there as well as the two ponds next to each other at Tooriike. Linked to each other under the sea. Open for exploration by advanced divers.

8. Irabu-jima Island

Irabu, Miyakojima 906-0592, Okinawa Prefecture
Excellent
51%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 309 reviews

Irabu-jima Island

Reviewed By Patrik080377 - London, England, United Kingdom

We were just stunned by the beauty of Okinawan Islands and those around Miyakojima accessible by Bridges were not exception.Irabu is the biggest out of the three accessible by bridge.It has some stunning views,one perfect beach for snorkelling with heaps of beautiful fish and some nice Beaches.

9. Ikema Ohashi Bridge

Miyakojima 906-0002, Okinawa Prefecture +81 980-76-3184
Excellent
52%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 518 reviews

Ikema Ohashi Bridge

Reviewed By tvtnguyen - San Jose, California

Some tourists haven't realized or just don't care that there's no emergency lane/turn-out. Instead, they'll just park their car wherever they want and expect you to go around them. That's fine (sorta) under most circumstances, but it can get very dangerous while descending. Please be careful while driving here. I found groups of tourists pulling over and crossing the roads to take a picture... at the cusp of the bridge. -_-
Really great view, otherwise. Passengers should just take a moment to soak it in instead of dilly dallying with their smartphones or fancy cameras. But remember, driver-- watch out.

10. Sunayama Beach

705 Hiraranikadori, Miyakojima 906-0008, Okinawa Prefecture +81 980-76-3184
Excellent
49%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 777 reviews

Sunayama Beach

Reviewed By geoff180352 - Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

Really nice beach and scenery surrounding the area. Be aware that the walk back up the hill is pretty long with soft sand so if you have kids be prepare to carry them. Also watch out for shark warnings if your going to swim there.

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