Good timing, because the beaches on Okinawa’s main island began opening the 17th, marking the very first beach opening at Azama Sun Sun Beach in Nanjo City. Araha Beach and Sunset Beach, both in Chatan, will open the sands to the public on April 12th. Tropical Beach in Ginowan City is ready for patrons on April 21st and Nishihara Kira Kira Beach opens the end of April.
Azama Beach hours are 9 a.m. ~ 6 p.m. until June 30th, and from July first 9 a.m. ~ 7 p.m. It has barbeque setups for rent. Foods are available to barbeque at a cost of ¥1,000~¥1,200 per person. Reservations are required two days in advance. To visit Azama Sun Sun Beach, from Kadena Air Base get on the Okinawa Expressway at Okinawa Minami and head south to the Haebaru Minami IC. It’s a simple 20 minutes by car from there, and signs are posted.
Military beaches at Torii Station, Okuma Joint Recreation Center, White Beach and Oura Wan at Camp Schwab are open, but life guards will not be on duty until in April.
Rental equipment hours on the base facilities are limited.
There are numerous civilian and military beaches on Okinawa, many of which are extremely popular:
Naminoue Beach is Naha’s pride and joy, located between the city’s two primary seaports. There are actually two beaches—one city owned, one private—available for use. The city’s Naminoue Beach is small, but safe and secure. Swimming areas are roped in and protected from water sports enthusiasts, jet skis and kayaks. Lifeguards are on duty daily from sunrise to sunset. Food stands are available within a few meters of the beach. Restrooms and showers are available, and both beaches have smooth, sandy beach. Travel south on Highway 58 to Naha, looking for signs for the right hand turn to Naminoue Beach in the heart of the city.
Araha Beachis open daily 9 a.m. ~ 6:30 p.m. this season. It’s located in Araha Park Chatanh, close to Hamby areas famous for