Miyako Islands in Okinawa: A haven of scenic beauty

Travel | 20 Jan 2021

Far removed from the hustle and bustle of concrete jungles, Okinawa boasts the most alluring ambience, what with its spectacular natural scenery, rich culture and an abundance of gourmet offerings. The travel destination is supported by direct flights from Hong Kong that swiftly connect visitors to Okinawa’s main island, Miyako Island and Ishigaki Island.

Japan’s best beaches

A mere 2-hour direct flight from Hong Kong, Miyako is a relatively flat island made of elevated coral reef. A number of its beaches make the cut as the top beaches in Japan, according to rankings compiled by travel media.

Miyako Island’s white sandy beaches, azure oceans and crystal blue skies have been sought after by travelers seeking a relaxing getaway, with its beautiful color of the sea touted as the ‘Miyako Blue’.

Immerse in nature

An outstanding attraction is the Irabu Ohashi Bridge. Measuring at 3,540 meters, it is the longest toll-free bridge in Japan. As you pass over the bridge you will marvel at the variety of blues as you witness the sea transitioning from greenish blue to deep blue. 

Cape Higashi-Henna, designated as a national site of scenic beauty, is a unique natural environment where waves crash dramatically against the steep shoreline. At Yoshino Kaigan, a famous snorkeling spot, you can immerse in the thumping glory of the sea from the sky while strapped to a paraglider.

One of Japan’s largest coral reefs, Yabiji coral reef boasts a circumference of about 25 kilometers and contains over 100 large and small coral atolls. Local dive shops in Okinawa offer a range of tour options to Yabiji.

Other stand-out places to check out include mystical Toriike Pond, which are two adjacent ponds connected by an underwater tunnel. Its body of water is so unique that it’s considered a National Scenic Spot and a designated natural monument.

The perfect getaway

A relaxing vacation at the luxurious resort hotels and villas on Miyako Island is a sure way to unwind and recharge. Visitors can also indulge in fresh local food – Miyako beef, fresh seafood, mango, and melon are among the most popular, lip-smacking food from the island.

Visit https://www.visitokinawa.jp/ for more information about Okinawa.

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