Best Beaches In & Around Naha-shi

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  • 1. Naminoue Beach

    Naminoue Beach
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    Travel time from Naha-shi: approx 0.5 hrs

    Amongst the many dazzling white sand beaches dotted throughout the clear turquoise waters of this archipelago Naminoue Beach is one of our favourites, but not for the usual reasons. It does have nice soft sand, and the water is that same emerald-blue you find throughout Okinawa, but we like it for its quirkiness and its convenience.

    Naminoue Beach is located in the city of Naha, Okinawa's capital, and is pretty easy… read more »

  • 2. Mibaru Beach

    Mibaru Beach
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    Travel time from Naha-shi: approx 0.5 hrs

    Mibaru is one of the finest beaches on the island of Okinawa itself. The long stretch of white sand leading into the crystal clear turquoise ocean will is a familiar them with the beaches in Japan's tropical south, but what makes Mibaru stand out are the various rock formations along its length. At lower tides these greenery-topped rocks form part of the landscape of rockpools and coral beyond the sshoreline, whilst as… read more »

  • 3. Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach
    Calvin Ge

    Travel time from Naha-shi: approx 0.5 hrs

    Sunset beach is situated next to the Mihama American Village, a shopping centre and entertainment complex about 40 minutes north of Naha. This artificial beach has a fairly urban backdrop including the high-rise Beach Tower Okinawa hotel. Perhaps the most notable feature though is the giant ferris wheel that looms over the American Village.

    There are plenty of facilities at the beach and the water is shallow with lifeguards on duty,… read more »

  • 4. Tokashiku Beach

    Tokashiku Beach
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    Travel time from Naha-shi: approx 1 hr

    Tokashiku beach is a beautiful white sand beach on the island of Tokashiki, one of the Kerama Islands about 32 km (20 miles) west of Okinawa island. The crystal clear waters off the beach here are regarded as one of the best places to spot sea turtles, which along with many species of tropical fish inhabit the bay here. 

    Besides the turtles, the snorkelling off Tokashiku beach isn't the greatest in Okinawa. The reefs close… read more »

  • 5. Akajima Beach

    Akajima Beach
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    Travel time from Naha-shi: approx 1 hr

    Akajima, pronounced Akashima, is an island forming part of the Kerama Islands group in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture. Nicknamed "Aka", this is a popular holiday destination from both Okinawa and the mainland. Situated roughly midway between the northern tip of Taiwan and mainland Japan's southern-most point, Aka enjoys a near tropical climate. It has a permanent population of just over 300 residents which it shares with its southern neighbour, Geruma Island.… read more »

  • 6. Furuzamami Beach

    Furuzamami Beach
    © Hashi photo / CC BY

    Travel time from Naha-shi: approx 1 hr

    Furuzamami Beach is located on the island of Zamami which is located around an hour's high speed ferry ride from the main island of Okinawa. Most would agree it is well worth the journey and the beach is regularly rated as one of Japan's finest.

    This tropical beach is graced with a wide, gently curving stretch of powder white sand fringed with coral reefs in the crystal clear water. Being in… read more »

  • 7. Aharen Beach

    Aharen Beach
    © Sean Pavone / 123RF

    Travel time from Naha-shi: approx 1 hr

    Aharen Beach is situated on the west coast of Tokashiki Island, part of the Kerama group an hour's boat trip from Okinawa's main city, Naha. The curving white sand bay here is backed by high hills covered in lush vegetation leaving little doubt that you are in the tropics. Just off the shore, under the clear, aquamarine water is coral reef making Aharen a great spot for snorkeling and diving.

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  • 8. Aharen Beach

    Aharen Beach
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    Travel time from Naha-shi: approx 1 hr

    Aharen Beach is situated on the west coast of Tokashiki Island, part of the Kerama group an hour's boat trip from Okinawa's main city, Naha. The curving white sand bay here is backed by high hills covered in lush vegetation leaving little doubt that you are in the tropics. Just off the shore, under the clear, aquamarine water is coral reef making Aharen a great spot for snorkeling and diving.

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  • 9. Ama Beach

    Ama Beach
    Hashi photo

    Travel time from Naha-shi: approx 1 hr

    The beautiful Ama Beach is located on Zamami Island, one of the pristine Kerama islands just west of Okinawa. It takes between one and two hours to get to Zamami from Naha on the main island, but it is more than worth it.

    Visitors to the island tend to gravitate to Furuzamami Beach, which is located about 10 minutes walk from the ferry terminal. Head in the opposite direction and… read more »

  • 10. Minna Island Beach

    Minna Island Beach
    Snap55

    Travel time from Naha-shi: approx 1 hr

    Situated just 15 minutes boat ride from Okinawa's main island is the tiny coral fringed island of Minna. Sometimes referred to as the "Croissant Island" owing to its distinctive crescent shape, Minna is known for its beautiful white sand beach and the exceptionally clear blue water. Combined with a backdrop of greenery and you could be mistaken for thinking you were in the Caribbean.

    With such an abundance of coral and… read more »

  • 11. Emerald Beach

    Emerald Beach
    © shihina / 123RF

    Travel time from Naha-shi: approx 1 hr

    Emerald beach is located on the tip of the Motobu Peninsula in the north of Okinawa's main island, Honto. The name comes from the beautiful greeny-turquoise colour of the clear waters here which are every bit as clean as they look. Emerald beach is actually part of the Ocean Expo Park which extends for 3km along the coast containing such things as a "native Okinawan village" and botanical garden. The… read more »

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