Minnajima, also known as Croissant Island, is just a 20-minute ferry ride from Okinawa's main island. AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES
Minnajima, also known as Croissant Island, is just a 20-minute ferry ride from Okinawa's main island. AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES

Okinawa’s Minnajima, or Croissant Island, a quick, satisfying getaway

by Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

Hawaii is probably the most iconic and popular vacation destination for people around the world. And yet, I was not surprised to hear that Okinawa welcomed more tourists than Hawaii for the first time in 2017, according to Japan’s Nikkei news service.

No doubt the countless beautiful beaches around Okinawa are the biggest attraction for many visitors.

Minnajima, with its beautiful white-sand beach and an ocean layered in greens and blues, is one of my favorite islands to visit.

Minnajima is about a 15-minute ferry ride from Toguchi Port in Motobu town. The island is very small, about 3 miles in circumference, and shaped like a crescent moon, earning it the nickname Croissant Island.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.589957

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