Japan is an East Asian Island country located in the northwest Pacific Ocean. It is bounded on the west by the East Sea (also known as Sea of Japan) and extends from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea, the Philippine Sea, and Taiwan in the south. The country's geographic location leads to a long coastline with many beaches. The most frequented and best island paradise escapes in Japan are in Okinawa, however, there also are brilliant, picturesque, and utterly unappreciated beaches there that are great for kayaking, surfing, or simply sunbathing. These are the 10 beaches in Japan that are worth skipping Tokyo for.

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10 Yurigahama, Kagoshima

This beach, which is the largest on Yoron Island, only has white sand and is only visible when the tide is low (between half and spring tides) off the shore of Oganeku. The area's attractiveness is at its height when the stunningly clean water glitters in the sunlight. The location is accessible via personal watercraft or boat. According to legend, persons who amass as many grains of star sand as their years of age will find bliss. In this magnificent setting, there are many unsolved natural mysteries.

  • Location: Furusato Oaza, Yoron-cho, Oshima-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture 891-9307 , Japan
  • Popular for: Couples, Families, Being budget-friendly, Photogenic

9 Kagoshima Tomori Beach

The "Galapagos of the Orient," a curved beach widely regarded as the best in Kagoshima and Amami Oshima, is situated on the Tomori coast. Due to the sea's seemingly miraculous ability to change color to different shades of blue depending on the time of day, it is frequently referred to as the "Blue Angel."Here, the sea's surface is tranquil and calming to see. Because of the shallow waters, it's a fantastic location for swimming and having fun with kids. But the current can get strong while the tide is heading out. From Amami Airport, the beach is conveniently located and great for tourists.

  • Location: Oaza Ujuku, Kasari-cho, Amami City, Kagoshima Prefecture 894-0501 , Japan
  • Popular for: Families, Couples, Being budget-friendly, Photogenic

8 Wakayama Shirarahama

Shirarahama is a sister beach to Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is situated in Nanki Shirahama, Wakayama. The length of this narrow beach is around 620 meters. It is incredibly popular with swimmers in the summer when the vibrant parasols that adorn the beach are a wonderful sight. This extraordinarily smooth sand is essentially quartz sand with a 90% silicic acid content. It is located in a wonderfully exquisite setting, with lovely fine sand underfoot and highly translucent sea water for playing in. Visitors shouldn't overlook sampling the upscale cuisine available locally.

  • Location: 864 Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro-gun, Wakayama 649-2211 , Japan
  • Popular for: Couples, Families, Being budget-friendly, Photogenic

7 Hirizo Beach, Shizuoka

Shizuoka's Hirizo Beach is a designated Geopark with unspoiled beauty and is situated in the southernmost region of Izu. This is at the Izu Peninsula's southernmost point and is inaccessible by land. Only during summer are ferry trips accessible to the tents erected in Nakagi. It is gaining fame as a snorkeling location due to the abundance of colorful fish and coral clusters in the clear, blue water. Nakagi is the best option for a coastal trip in a breathtaking natural setting.

  • Location: Nakagi, Minamiizu Town, Kamo District, Shizuoka Prefecture 415-0311 , Japan
  • Popular for: Couples, Families, Being budget-friendly, Photogenic

6 Kondoi Beach, Okinawa

Taketomi Island in Okinawa is situated about 10 minutes via boat from Ishigaki Island. Kondoi Beach is the only beach on the island, and it attracts visitors of all ages because of its shallow and quiet waves. Visitors may see Iriomote Island, Kohama Island, and Kuro Island from this beach. As they stroll across the sandbar to the "phantom beach," which appears when the tide is low, they feel like actual castaways. This is a great place to spend time with family.

  • Location: Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa 907-1101 , Japan
  • Popular for: Families, Couples, Being budget-friendly, Photogenic

5 Hate-no-hama, Okinawa

Accessible between Okinawa and Kumejima, this deserted island has three sandy beaches: Maine Beach, Nakano Beach, and Hate Beach. Long and narrow white sand beaches line a transparent blue sea that surrounds them. Visitors experience a sense of entering another universe. They shouldn't miss out on these sunsets. Visitors can engage in activities like snorkeling, marine sports, diving, and many more upon their arrival at the island, which is normally reached by tour boat. The best way to enjoy this serene location is to simply take in the wonderful setting and enjoy the quiet location with nothing but sand and sea.

  • Location: Kumejima-cho, Shimajiri-gun, Okinawa 901-3100 , Japan
  • Popular for: Families, Couples, Being budget-friendly, Photogenic

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4 Furuzamami Beach, Okinawa

Furuzamami Beach is situated in the southern section of Zamami Island, a distant island that is easily accessible by day trip from Okinawa's main island. Coral reefs teeming with colorful tropical fish stretch far beyond the pristine blue waters. Divers and snorkelers flock to this site in large numbers. It is the major beach on this Island and has received two stars from the Michelin Green Guide Japan.

  • Location: 1743 Zamami Village, Shimajiri District, Okinawa 901-3402 , Japan
  • Popular for: Families, Couples, Being budget-friendly, Photogenic

3 Sunayama Beach, Okinawa`

One of Miyakojima's top beaches, Sunyama Beach features breathtaking views and natural rock arches. The iconic arched rock offers stunning views of the sky, sea, and the sun setting, as well as a generally lovely evening environment. There are few things better in nature than this. Additionally, some stores offer snacks and drinks and rent equipment. This site is conveniently located close to Miyakojima's city center. Showers and a parking lot are available.

  • Location: Miyakojima City, Okinawa 906-0000 , Japan
  • Popular for: Families, Couples, Being budget-friendly, Photogenic

2 Yonaha Beach, Okinawa

The vast white sand beaches of Miyakojima are among the best in the Orient. Commonly referred to as "Maipama Beach," it is regarded as the most stunning white sand beach in the East and is popular with both locals and visitors from Japan and other countries. The stunning cobalt blue water stands out sharply against the pure white sand of the 7-kilometer-long beachfront beach. For those interested in marine activities, this is a fantastic location to visit.

  • Location: 1199 Yonaha, Shimoji, Miyakojima City, Okinawa 906-0000 , Japan
  • Popular for: Couples, Families, Being budget-friendly, Photogenic

1 Nishihama, Okinawa

Nishihama, Okinawa, is situated approximately one hour and a half via boat from Ishigaki Island to Hateruma Island, Japan's southernmost populated island. Nishihama is a picturesque beach in the northern section of the island, near Hateruma Port. In the local dialect, "Nishi" denotes "north," as opposed to "north" in standard Japanese. The sea, which glitters in the characteristic "Hateruma Blue" color, is truly unforgettable. There is also an observation deck, in addition to public restrooms and showers.

  • Location: Hateruma, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa 907-1751 , Japan
  • Popular for: Families, Couples, Being budget-friendly, Photogenic