Head by Car to the Remote Island of Ojima, the “Holy Land of Tempura”
Ojima Island to the south of the main island is perfect for those who want to relax on a small island or travel freely with a rental car.
A 40-minute drive from Naha airport, Ojima Island is located midway between Sefa-utaki and the Peace Memorial Park.
The bridge connecting to the island makes it easy to get there, and with a coastline of only 1.6km, it takes less than 10 minutes to drive around this small isolated island.
At the entrance of the island there is a small beach where visitors can enjoy fun activities such as rides on a glass-bottom boat, but most people visit the island for its specialty tempura.
Tourists as well as locals travel long distances just to buy tempura from Ojima Island.
Different to the crunchy tempura on Japan’s main island, Okinawa’s springy and fluffy tempura is known as the soul food of the island and the long queues that form outside the tempura shops show the extent of its popularity.
As one piece of tempura costs about 60 yen, it is fun to walk around and taste tempura from different shops.
Each shop has a typical Okinawan tempura menu such as gurukun and goya. Tempura made from locally sourced sea lettuce and mozuku, a type of seaweed, are also a must-try!
Taking a leisurely walk around the island while eating fried tempura is a wonderful way to spend the day.
Access to Ojima Island
40-minute drive from Naha Airport