As the great Lenny Kravitz sings, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”
Yes, summer is still here and for you who haven’t frolicked in white sands and cool waters yet, there’s still time to pack up and head to one of the less known but amazingly stunning Japan island beaches. If you think that the country is more of high-rise buildings and towering skyscrapers, its beautiful beaches will prove you wrong.
Kumejima Island Beach, Okinawa
Kumejima Island is part of the Shoto island group in Okinawa. You have to travel to the west of the city for about 90 kilometers to reach the beach island. Tourists flock the island to experience the famous Hatenoma, a white sand bar that spans around seven kilometers. However, it can only be accessed when you join a tour. You are not allowed to go to the sandbar on their own, which can make your trip more fun because you will also have the opportunity to mingle with other tourists.
Minna Beach, Minna-jima
Apparently, Japan island beaches are also home to the worlds clearest waters. You can have a perfect view of what lies beneath the turquoise sea even when you’re on a boat. The Minna Beach can give you just that. If you are on for a thrilling activity, you can try riding the jet ski. Minna Beach or Minna-jimma is an island with crescent shape and will only take you 15 minutes from Okinawa’s Toguchi Port. It is a great island beach to discover because of its very small population. Though local beach goers, scuba divers and snorkelers frequently visit the beach, you will surely enjoy the place because it is not crowded. Underwater visibility and accessibility are the top two reasons why people go to Minna Beach.
Kabira Bay, Ishigaki Island
If your on the hunt for truly picturesque views of island beaches, the highly industrialized Japan will not disappoint you. See featured image above. It will actually surprise you you especially if you head to Kabira Bay. Ishigaki is the biggest island in Yaeyama Islands and boasts of a number of coral and sandy beaches. The island is perfect for sunbathing and swimming while you enjoy taking photos of the stunning views. The Yonehara, Sukuji and Sunset are particularly the best parts of the island to follow Sheryl Crow when she sings “I’m gonna soak up the sun.”
But if you really want to just enjoy the views and reward your eyes a feast of gorgeous landscapes, then you have to take the glass-bottom boat tour of the Kagira Bay. The tour is 30 minutes and will cost you $9. While on the boat, you can have a close up view of the underwater ecosystem and, the white sand of Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park, and the emerald green water.
Undeniably, Japan is also gifted with must-visit island beaches. You may also include in your itinerary the Nishihama Beach, Aharen Beach and Nishibama Beach.
Photos from: japan-guide.com, amamika.com, cntraveler.com, tripadvisor.com, beach-on-map.com, ishigaki-japan.com, seejapan.co.uk.