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Attractions of Miyako Island are closer than you think

Date Posted: 2012-07-13

Editor’s Note: Okinawa’s beautiful southern islands are being showcased in Japan Update each week. This week, a glimpse at air travel south, and facilities available to visitors.

There’s a lot of water between Okinawa’s main island and Miyako’s island chain, but there’s no difficulty making arrangements to soar to the heavens for the quick flights south.

Three main air carriers which connect to Miyako (MM$Y) from Okinawa Naha(OKA) are ANA, JTA and Skymark, and it’s only a 50-minute flight from Naha (OKA). The basic airfare is ¥17,500 (about 221) for a one way ticket, but there are discount rates if you purchase early, even as little as just ¥3,000 ($38)!!

Coral reefs on Miyako island

There are a lot of diving and snorkeling points around Miyako Island where you can see tons of tropical fish. Especially for divers, there plenty of mystic unearthly diving points around Miyako Island. Enjoy dynamic lands made by raised coral reef around Shimoji Island. Try an exciting cave kayaking exploration tour. Experience kayaking tours on Miyako island. Try the BLUE CAVE: water bright emerald green that’s so clear, you need to jump in the water to get in the cave, depends on tide.

At the BLUE LOW HOLE, see the most beautiful blue ocean at high tide. There’s also the Horaga Mystical cave adventure. This cave appears only at low tide of spring one and is very popular as a spiritual point. Kayaking to the cave entrance is easy, and then you can swim in to explore inside.

Miyakojima Tokyu Hotel

There is a famous beach called Maehama Beach just in front of the Hotel, and the location with white beaches and emerald green ocean heals a tired body and heart and provides relaxation. The beach is called “the most beautiful beach in the orient” because the nearly seven kilometer-long white clean beach is just beach and ocean, showing how nature's art is. All rooms in the hotel have ocean view affording all customers a beautiful view of the ocean, and sunset from each room.

Shigira Bayside Suite Allamanda

Shigira Bayside Suite Allamanda is the hotel where all customers’ rooms are suite resort types where they can enjoy the suite atmosphere and appreciate the private space. What better place to take in the beautiful emerald green ocean while the friendly staff makes relaxation so simple. The hotel sits on almost a million square meters, so there’s nothing cramped, and nothing left to ask about additional service.

There are many types of hotels on Miyako Island, with prices ranging from ¥5,000 ($62) to five-star luxury hotels. Everything hinges on a traveler’s budget and purpose. OkinawaTourland Hotel Booking Site, http://eng.tourland.co.jp has prices and special offers as well as basic island and transportation information.

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