Information about Okinawa- Beach Safety
Beach season will soon begin at the southernmost tip of Japan, in Okinawa.
Tourists should be aware of the “dangers” that lie in the beautiful beaches of Okinawa to have a fun and memorable time.
First and foremost, please be aware of the strong ultraviolet (UV) rays radiating from the sun.
The quantity of UV rays in Okinawa is said to be 1.5 times that of Tokyo, and twice those in Hokkaido.
Sunlight is especially strong in the summer, so please avoid using suntan oil.
Your skin will be burnt red and the inflamed areas can develop blisters in severe cases.
We recommend using sunscreen with a high SPF level.
Okinawan locals go to the beach either early in the morning or in the evening (before sunset).
If you are planning to swim during the day, make sure to wear a rash guard or long sleeve shirt, and stay under the shade (under beach umbrellas and trees) as much as possible.
The sand is very hot too, so please make sure to have your sandals with you.
There are many dangerous creatures in the ocean.
Every year, there is report after report of someone, especially snorkelers, getting stung by habu-kurage (box jellyfish, Chironex yamaguchii), luna lionfish (Pterois lunulata), or sea urchins (Diadema).
(The venom of the habu-kurage will cause respiratory failure and/or cardiac arrest, the worst case scenario resulting in death.)
There’s no problem if the beach has a “jellyfish-preventive net.” However, in case you get stung by one, get out of the ocean at once and seek immediate medical attention.
Additionally, the sea snake rarely bites, but don’t get close to it because it carries a deadly venom.
Information on Okinawan Beaches
An emerald green ocean and white sandy beaches. Spending a day at an Okinawan beach with clean air isn’t something you get to experience every day. It is enjoyed by everyone, from small children to elderly people.