BEACHES BEACHES – TROPICAL PARADISE!
The most beautiful and best beaches in Japan are undoubtedly located on the tropical islands of Okinawa, the country’s most southern prefecture. But for some reason, speaking of Japan, many tourists often forget about its beautiful beaches with clear, transparent water, coral reefs and white sand.
Famous mainly due to the Ryukyu Island, Okinawa Prefecture consists of more than twenty islands and islets.All of them are located far to the south and are far removed from the main islands of Japan, so if you decide to go further south, behind the main Okinawan island of Honto, you will find that the rest of the islands are dominated by the real tropics, and they are much less explored than those that located north.
The island of Okinawa itself is rich in magnificent beaches: most of them are developed resorts, and the rest are located within the city limits. But the most beautiful beaches of Okinawa are hidden on small islands such as Yaeyama, Miyako and Karama. So what makes the beaches of Okinawa so attractive? Of the features I would like to mention first of all the fact that the majority of these places are preserved in their original form, remained untouched by civilization and technological progress. Here you will find real jungles, mangroves and gorgeous white sand beaches. On the Okinawa islands you can see sea turtles, dolphins, rays and whale sharks. Coastal waters offer their guests a truly world-class diving!
The beaches of the Ryukyu archipelago are a tropical paradise, but like any tropics, in addition to enchanting beauty, they also pose dangers. First, it’s not cold in Okinawa in October, but the typhoon season begins at this time, which can cause understandable inconveniences. Another danger that you need to watch out for while relaxing on the beaches of Okinawa is the Habu jellyfish — a jellyfish box or, as it is also called, a sea wasp, whose poison is deadly to humans. Most often, these jellyfish are found in the summer months.
Akazima (sometimes pronounced Akashima) is an island belonging to the Karama Islands group in Okinawa Prefecture. The resort was nicknamed Aka and it is located at an equal distance from both the main Japanese islands and Okinawa. Akazima Island is located halfway between the extreme northern point of Taiwan and the extreme southern point of Japan, that is, in the tropical climate zone. Constantly on the island of Akadzima and the neighboring island of Grumum there are just over three hundred inhabitants.
You can get to Akadzima Island by ferry, which floats between the main island of Okinawa (Tomari port) and the group of Karama Islands. A walk on the ferry will take from an hour to one and a half, depending on which ferry you use. And as soon as you get to the island, rent a bike. This is a favorite means of transportation for locals. So you can enjoy not only the beach holiday, but also explore the island itself.
Kuroshio’s warm current passes past the island, which means that in the coastal waters you can see stunning coral reefs with a variety of marine life. Therefore, diving is probably a real pearl of Aka, as well as on most of the islands of Okinawa. Coral reefs surround most of the island, the water in these places is warm and calm, teeming with a variety of bright tropical fish. The holiday season lasts from April to October, and the months from December to March are considered “non-season” here. But even at this time, one can find many interesting things on Akadzima, for example, during this period, the breeding season of humpback whales passes.
The best beach on the island is called Nisibama Beach. Along the clear turquoise coastline stretches a wide strip of white soft sand. The beach is about thirty minutes away by bike to the northeast of the ferry terminal located in the southern part of Akazima Island. Once you get to the beach, you can rent snorkeling equipment, which will cost you a thousand yen (less than ten dollars).
Locals take nature protection very seriously and consider Nisibam’s beach to be part of a nature reserve, so it’s best to go snorkeling in clearly defined places. You can get a lot of pleasure from exploring the colorful underwater world of local waters, and not swimming very far from the coast.
If you want to take a break from the annoying car and any other transport and spend time on the beach, Akadzima is the perfect place to easily reach the ferry. In addition, for those who want to stay overnight, on the island you can stay in one of the guest houses.