Okinawa’s 2017 Beach Openings
It’s that time of year again, Okinawa’s beach season has finally arrived!
In winter, swimming is banned at many beaches due to stormy waters, so please check the opening date of the beach from the list below and enjoy an early summer in Okinawa!
【Beach Opening Dates】Sunday, March 26, 2017 Okuma beach is located within Jal private resort Okuma which used to be placed for US military use only. However, this beautiful natural beach has been enjoyed by locals ever since it was returned to Okinawa. Wide variety of water sports are available.
【Beach Opening Dates】No Opening for Natural Beaches After crossing the longest open road bridge in Japan is where a magnificent natural sea await you with beautiful coral reefs and tropical fish.
【Beach Opening Dates】Sunday, April 16, 2017 Crossing a 1,400 meter long Sesoko-ohashi bridge is this very quiet but beautiful island, Seoko-jima. The white sand beach stretches longer than 500 meters with the high clearness of water and the background of Minna-jima and Ie-jima. It is a spectacular spot to visit for your getaway from daily stress.
【Beach Opening Dates】Saturday, April 1, 2017 The beach laid on the East China Sea provides plenty of opportunity for leisurely days. The emerald green waters and coral reefs along with white sand on this beach is a must when it comes to Okinawa experience. Busena observatory or a Glass bottom boat ride before or after the beach will be a great way to enhance your beach day as well.
【Beach Opening Dates】No Opening for Natural Beaches Located along HW 58 and perfect for a quick stop to get your feet wet or just to unwind under the trees. Popular among locals as their service area on the road.
【Beach Opening Dates】Saturday, April 8, 2017 Kise Beach Palace Resort Hotel’s private beach, Kise where you can observe East china sea. You can reach here by driving north on HW 58. The hotel building offers a large shade that appears on the white sand in the morning.
Kanucha Bay Beach
【Beach Opening Dates】Sunday, March 26, 2017 Kanucha bay beach is located within Kanucha Bay Hotel & Villas. Most beaches placed along west coast usually receive strong wind that blows from north, however this beach has less effect which offers a wide range of water sports. There is also a pool where little ones can enjoy bu the beach along with drink bar.
21st Century Forest Beach
【Beach Opening Dates】Saturday, April 1, 2017 21st century forest beach is a man-made beach and located within a park that consists of multiple sports facilities. Very safe for little ones as it has less effect on tide. Hokkaido Japan Ham Fighters (baseball team) also can be seen training as camp nearby.
【Beach Opening Dates】Saturday, April 1, 2017 Resort beach located within Hotel Monteret Okinawa Spa&Resort. It is an ideal beach destination for families with small children as there is a lifeguard on duty and several marine leisure such as glassbottom boat rides, cruises as well as snorkeling and diving are offered.
【Beach Opening Dates】Saturday, March 18, 2017 This private beach of ANA Intercontinental Resort Hotel is the most popular destination for tourists. There is also a point where you can observe Cape Manza accompanied by beautiful ocean and clear blue sky. Various kinds of water sports are available for those who are enthusiastic about adventuring in tropical islands.
Middle of the Island
【Beach Opening Dates】Saturday, April 1, 2017 Laid within Okinawa Onna Seaside Civil Park located in between cape Manza and ANA Intercontinental Beach Hotel featuring the spectacular views of cape Manza. Various water sports are available as many tourists and locals can be seen enjoining them. Suitable for barbecue parties as well which can be held under the red-tile roof pavilions.
【Beach Opening Dates】Saturday, April 1, 2017 Located just before Cape Zanpa and adjoins Zanpa Cape Park. It is a great beach for swimming, even during low tide and families with rather small kids. All sorts of water sports are available except snorkeling. You can also take a walk up to the top of the cliffs of Cape Zanpa.
【Beach Opening Dates】Saturday, April 1, 2017 Ikei beach stretches about 0,55km with deep turquoise water and beautiful white sand which is perfect for small children as it has little shells. Waves are not big however the water gets pretty deep. All amenities and many water activities are offered such as glass bottom boat, which is a must for children.
【Beach Opening Dates】Friday, April 14, 2017 Araha beach is placed in a 3 minute walking distance from where Chatan flea market is held on the weekend. It is connected to Chatan park that equips beautiful green carpet, basketball court as well as barbecue tables and chairs. Many visitors from US military bases also can be seen as it is in a short distance.
【Beach Opening Dates】Friday, April 14, 2017 Sunset beach is well known for its remarkable spot to watch the sun goes down. It is placed within Chatan park, and just a few minute walking distance from the sightseeing spot American Village. Many of US military families from nearby base can be seen here as well. The water is shallow and very safe for the small kids.
【Beach Opening Dates】Saturday, April 22, 2017 This lifeguard patrolled beach is very popular among local residents including US military families. Large undercover tables and chairs can be rented for barbecue parties. All amenities such as showers, bathroom, shops, and even water sports available make your Okinawa beach experience a pleasurable one.
Nishihara Kirakira Beach
【Beach Opening Dates】Saturday, April 22, 2017 550 meter long Nishihara Kirakira beach is located within Nishihara marine park. Starting with watercraft, the beach offers a large field for barbecuing, and 2 fields for soccer and baseball. Great place for any ages from toddler to senior.
【Beach Opening Dates】Sunday, March 26, 2017 15 minutes of drive down south from the airport is Chura Sun Beach which is favored by southerners. This beautiful artificial beach measures 700 meter long and safety nets are set up in the water. From children to elderly can enjoy at this beach.
【Beach Opening Dates】Sunday, March 26, 2017 Bibi beach is a new beach with exquisite white sand and clear water which was opened in 2006 that can be reached in 20 minutes from Naha airport. A wide range of facilities enhances your day at the beach.
Azama Sunsun Beach
【Beach Opening Dates】Saturday, April 22, 2017 Azama Sunsun beach is situated on the south eastern edge of Okinawa, offering pleasurable water experiences including glass bottom boat tours, ferry rides to outer islands and more. Perfect for a family outing as most essential facilities such as shower, bathroom are available.