JAPAN’S MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES
It is regrettable to admit this fact, but, despite the fact that there are really wonderful beaches in Japan, they remain not adequately appreciated by the world community. Of course, Japan is far from the Maldives and not Hawaii. But the one who knows where to go can definitely see and find ideal (without exaggeration!) Places where you can both sunbathe and splash in water and dive (with a pipe or with an aqualung, everyone chooses himself), or just relax and finally feel at rest.
Without another word, let us turn to the main point – today we will introduce you to some beaches, the most beloved by those who have already explored the situation in battle, so to speak. And if you decide to go on your summer vacation to Japan, do not be lazy and visit these places, they are no doubt worth it.
So, here they are, the unfairly undervalued beaches of Japan.
No discussion of Japanese beaches can be considered complete until it mentioned Okinawa – the chain of small islands that form the southernmost prefecture of Japan. The tendency to compare these islands and Hawaii is quite common. The Okinawa archipelago is a real sea pearl, a treasure of unprecedented beauty, and it is also easy to get there fast enough, and most importantly an inexpensive, domestic flight from the main part of the country.
Located in the southern island group Yayayama, belonging to Okinawa Prefecture, Ishigaki is considered one of the most beautiful islands in Japan. He earned such a loud reputation for his breathtaking views, which are breathtaking, and the dazzling white sand, which is famous for Kabir Bay. To the great regret of tourists and the Japanese themselves, you can not swim there; and to swim and sunbathe, you can go to the beach Yonehara.
Adjacent to Ishigaki, Iriomote Island is located, barely inhabited and covered with real impassable jungle and mangroves. Iriomote became a haven for the rarest wild cats living exclusively on this island, but you will need all your luck to notice at least one of them! Anyone who is lucky enough to be on this island is strongly recommended to ride oxen on the beach at low tide from the direction of Yubu Island in the direction of Hoshizuna Beach – there are stars in the shape of stars on this beach, and you surely can hardly see this anywhere else!
In the same small island group that Ishigaki and Iriomote, there is also Takeetomi Island, a very small island with one of the most luxurious beach hotels, Hoshinoi. The island has incredibly beautiful beaches with the same unusual “star” sand as on Iriomote. The beaches of Nisiham and Kondoy are also definitely worth visiting.
Leaving Yaeyama and heading a little to the north, you can get to Miyako Island, another magical place where one of the most beautiful beaches of Japan is located. Among the most memorable are the beaches of Maeham, Aragusuku, Yoshino and Sunayama.
And if you climb further north, down to the Karama island group (it is still part of the Okinawa archipelago), then the island of Dzamami will appear in all the beauty of a tropical paradise, and this, moreover, it is two hours away from the main island of Okinawa more precisely. The beaches of Furudzam and Ama are equally good no matter what you choose; and you will not regret it if you visit a couple of observation platforms, from where unforgettable views of the island and the ocean are opened.
Another gem in the Caram Island group. Tokashiki Island is slightly larger than Zamami, but still it is rather small. Amazingly picturesque and beloved by many local beach – this is Aharen.
Ninety kilometers west of the main island of Okinawa, Kumesima Island is located – part of the Okinawa island group Soto. Kumejima is probably the most famous and beautiful beach – Hataohama. Seven kilometers of sparkling clean white sand shallows, which can be reached by a special local route (20 minutes by boat), will not leave anyone indifferent.
Yakushima is a picturesque island on the coast of Kyushu, the southernmost of the four main islands of Japan, and is completely covered with pristine tropical forests, where you can find some of the oldest trees in the world. And for any fan of the anime genre, it will not be superfluous to know that Yakushima Island was the place of inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki when he created his masterpiece — Princess Mononoke. The island is also the main habitat of large-headed sea turtles, and if you find yourself there at the right time of their breeding season, you may well become witnesses of how newly-made moms bury eggs in the sand, or even how little turtles are born!