Miyakojima Island – Traveling Across The Okinawan "Last Eden"
If you're interested in heading off the beaten path and exploring one of the lesser-known Okinawan Islands, then Miyako-jima could be the best destination for your next holiday.
Beautiful beaches, barbecue beef, unique onsens, and more. Those are among several hidden gems of Miyakojima Island in Okinawa.
A three hour flight from Tokyo Haneda Airport takes in stunning views of Mount Fuji and the famous bridge that connects the islands, The Shimanami Kaido.
Arriving at the tiny domestic airport of Miyako-jima, it's easy to take a 15-20 minute taxi ride to the central location where the hotels and holiday apartments are situated.
You'll be immediately plunged into a completely rural environment, with rolling fields of crops and endless beaches. There is plenty of accommodation of varying standards available on the island, which can be booked through a travel agency, Expedia, or any other travel website for package and separate flight and accommodation deals.
Most hotels provide a free daily shuttle service, running every 10-20 minutes, to take you to a number of stunning beaches along the coastline. Some hotels (Hotel Breeze Bay in particular) have their own private beaches for their guests use and all have private swimming pools.
In terms of cuisine, Miyako isn't lacking in this department, as all hotels have a number of restaurants offering a variety of Okinawan, Japanese, Chinese and Western foods. If you prefer to venture out and try some of the local restaurants, I recommend the restaurant Hirochan serving local food and drink at very reasonable prices. If you want to push the boat out for a finer dining experience, the barbecue beef (yakiniku) restaurant Ryukyu no Kaze is the perfect choice. They serve a huge variety of local meats and vegetables and a good drink selection. The prices are higher, but it's well worth it.
If you get tired of too much sunbathing, swimming and relaxing on the beaches, there's a wonderfully luxurious onsen (accessible via the shuttle service), offering indoor and outdoor pools with a variety of added minerals.
Not to leave out Okinawan spirits...you can enjoy a wide range of awamori drinks available to purchase at hotel shops or larger shops on the local market and in restaurants and bars.
There's a decent market situated in the centre of the major hotels, where live music performances are held and night markets with food and souvenirs can be enjoyed after sunset.
Remember to book your trip after checking the weather conditions as Miyako is particularly prone to heavy storms and typhoons!
The Restaurants I Went To
Yakiniku Restaurant Ryukyu no Kaze 琉球の風 屋台村
Miyaguni-761-1 Ueno, Miyakojima, Okinawa, Japan 906-0203
Casual Restaurant Hirochan ひろちゃん 食堂
Miyaguni-746-9 Ueno, Miyakojima, Okinawa, Japan 906-0203
Shigira Hot Spring
１４０５-223 上野新里 Miyakojima, Okinawa, Japan 906-0202
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