Japan’s pleasant coastal towns are ideal for refuelling at the end of an action-packed vacation. The enchanting Okinawa Islands are often missed by travelers to Japan, but add them to your itinerary and you can enjoy warm waters, fantastic snorkeling and exquisite natural landscapes.
Some of Japan’s finest beaches lie three-hours off the coast in the Okinawan prefecture, a string of islands stretching from Kyushu to Taiwan. With a unique local culture and beautiful scenery, the islands feel a world away from the country’s bustling metropolises.
The Okinawa Main Island to the north is a favorite amongst locals thanks to its pretty beaches and beautiful resort hotels, and is a great location to enjoy the sun, sand and sea. If you’re searching for a fun-filled beach getaway, the southerly islands of Ishigaki and Taketomi are hard to beat with their unspoilt coastline and endless activities.
The western islands of Zamami, Zume and Tokashiki, with their clear waters and rich sea life, are a paradise for keen snorkelers and divers. If you prefer to take it easy and soak up the sun, you will also find some lovely laid-back beaches that tick all the boxes.
For those who want to stay on the mainland, the Izu Peninsula is a fantastic option and just a three-hour train ride from Tokyo. Here visitors can take scenic coastal walks, bathe in hot springs and discover ancient temples. Why not stay in a traditional ‘ryokan’ inn for an authentic Japanese experience.
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