A look at top beaches on Okinawa

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A look at top beaches on Okinawa

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

Now that you have okay to go to beaches, here's a list of some you might want to check out.

Some are resort-oriented while others offer a quiet environment to enjoy nature.

1. ANA Intercontinental Manza Beach Resort: 
- Parking fee costs: 1,500 yen 
- Open: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Subject to change) n Tel: 098-966-1211 
- Website: https://www.anaintercontinental-manza.jp/en/ 
- GPS Coordinates: N 26.508345, E 127.856803; 40 minute drive from Camp Foster.

2. Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort: 
- Parking fee costs: 500 yen per hour (2,000 yen at most between 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.) 
- Open: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. n Tel: 098-965-2222 
- Website: https://sheraton-okinawa.co.jp/en/
- GPS Coordinates: N 26.462274, E 127.811721; 40 minute drive from Camp Foster.

3. Kariyushi Beach: 
- Admission fee costs: 550 yen for 13 years old and above, 330 for ages 4 -12, free admission for 3 years old and below. 
- Parking fee costs: Free parking available at Okinawa Beach Resort Ocean Spa. Visitors need to inform at the location that they’ve come for the beach. 
- Open: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (subject to change) 
- Tel: 098-052-4093 
- Website: http://www.kariyushi-beach.co.jp/ 
- GPS Coordinates: N 26.531873, E 127.930195; One hour drive from Camp Foster

4. Kanucha Beach: 
- Admission fee costs: 1,500 yen for 12 years old and above, 500 yen for children (ages 5-11), free admission for 4 years old and below 
- Parking fee costs: Included in admission fee 
- Tel: 0980-55-8880 
- Website: https://www.kanucha.jp/en/
- GPS Coordinates: N 26.546250, E 128.077198; 20 minute drive from Camp Schwab

5. Zanpa Beach: 
- Parking fee costs: Free 
- Open: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m
- Tel: 098-958-5000 (for info on water activities) 
- Website: https://www.daiwaresort.jp/global/okinawa/feature/1024857/index.html (water activities)  
- GPS Coordinates: N 26.435686, E 127.715952;15 minute drive from Torii station.

6. Sunset Beach: 
A popular spot for families and couples.
- Parking fee costs: Free  
- Open: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Subject to change)
- Tel: 098-936-8273 
- Website: http://www.uminikansya.com/
- GPS Coordinates: N 26.314209, E 127.755104; 10 minute drive from Camp Foster and Kadena Air Base.

7. Ikei Beach: 
A popular beach on Ikei island.
- Admission fee costs: 400 yen for adult (middle school student and above), 300 yen for ages between elementary school student and 5 years. Free for 4 years old and below  
- Open: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Website: http://www.ikei-beach.com/  
- GPS Coordinates: N 26.388176, E 127.991146; 30 minute drive from White Beach.

8. Emerald Beach: 
Adjacent to Expo Park, this beach dazzles visitors with its emerald green and cobalt blue. 
- Parking fee costs: Free 
- Open: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Apr. - Spt.), - 5:30 p.m. (Oct.)  
- Tel: 0980-48-2741 
- Website: http://oki-park.jp/kaiyohaku/en/inst/75
- GPS Coordinates: N 26.698680, E 127.877759; 90 minute drive from Camp Foster.       

9. Chura-Sun Beach:
Water activities such as sea kayak, banana boat, and boat tube are available.
- Parking fee costs: - 500 yen 
- Open: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (- 7 p.m. for July and Aug.)
- Tel: 098-850-1139 
- Website: https://churasun-beach.com/?page_id=44   
- GPS Coordinates: N 26.157011, E 127.647582; 40 minute drive from Camp Foster. Close to Naha Air Port.

10. Tropical Beach: 
Resort beach near MCAS Futenma. Water activities such as boat tube and banana boat are available. 
- Parking fee costs: Free
- Open: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Subject to change)
- Tel: 090-4471-0581 
- Website: http://www.ginowantropicalbeach.jp/ 
- GPS Coordinates: N 26.281693, E 127.731746; 10 minute drive from MCAS Futenma.

Ginowan Tropical Beach

11. Uppama Beach UPPAMA Beach: 
Beautiful beach on Nakijin peninsula. Water activities such as jet ski, sea kayak and boat tube are available.
- FACILITY USAGE fee costs: 300 yen  
- Parking fee costs: 500 yen 
- Open: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Tel:
098-056-2767 (hotel) 
- Website: https://www.belparaiso.com/lang/english.html 
- GPS Coordinates: N 26.691507, E 127.992152; 90 minute drive from Camp Foster.    

12. Sesoko Beach:
A popular beach on Motobu peninsula. This beach boasts of beautiful views of Ie Island and Motobu Peninsula. 
- Admission fee costs: Free 
- Parking fee costs: 1,000 yen 
- Open: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (- 5:30 p.m. for July through Sept.)  
- Tel: 098-047-7000 
- Website: http://www.sesokobeach.jp/ 
- GPS Coordinates: N 26.650026, E 127.856139; 90 minute drive from Camp Foster.


A quick getaway to Torii Beach

Photo by Aya Ichihashi, Stars and Stripes.

Although Torii Station may not stand out when comes to its size and the number of servicemembers it hosts, the small Army base is home to a beachside recreational area that will leave a big smile on your face: Torii Beach.

Whether you’re a family looking to play in the water and picnic, or a group of friends in the mood to camp, play a little volleyball and unwind, Torii Beach is the perfect location.

Located in the west part of the installation, beach access from Torii’s main gate is very simple. All you need to do is go straight down the hill, make a left at the end, and you should be close to the beach’s entrance in less than five minutes. Passing by sugarcane fields, the ocean blue and white beaches come into sight. It’s beautiful and peaceful, the perfect place to get away from the daily grind. And, yes, if you can’t go without your mobile devices, WiFi is available.

Lining up along the long stretch of white sand are cabins, a campground, pavilions, a water slide fit for kids of all ages and shower and bathroom facilities. MWR Torii has you covered with any camping, grilling and water sport gear rentals, so it is the perfect place for beach parties with family and friends, or unit parties.

Although events like the Torii Beach Summer Party Series and Ghost on the Beach can draw a big crowd, this secluded location always gives off a relaxed vibe. It’s a great place to run along the shore, read a book or sit alone enjoying the peaceful view.

Just a 20-30-minute drive away from Gate 1 of Kadena Air Base, Torii Beach offers a quick getaway from the ordinary.

Tel: 098-962-4659
DSN: 644-4659
Note: Facilities and equipment available for use include cabins (up to 6 people), pavilions, camp sites, bonfire pit, inflatable bouncers, ocean kayaks, grills, surfboard and more. 
Facebook: facebook.com/toriimwrokinawa/
For more Info: torii.armymwr.com/programs/torii-beach


Replenish and rejuvenate at White Beach

Photo by Shoji Kudaka

White Beach Naval Facility is not just for ships making port calls to replenish their food supply and load up troops. The U.S. base is also a great place for servicemembers and families to enjoy some recreation and rejuvenation on Okinawa.

Located around the tip of Katsuren Peninsula, White Beach features fully-furnished log cabins located on a bluff in the middle of the facility. The view is beautiful and the cabins are only a short walk to the beach. Camping trailers and tent sites located next to the beach are also available for rent. Pet lovers, there are designated “pet friendly” cabins and campers available.

As you walk around this sprawling facility, the beauty of the ocean and tiny islets sprinkled off the coast draw your attention. The clean, white sandy beaches are perfect for tossing frisbees with friends, building sand castles with your kids or taking a jog.

You’ll also notice local tombs spread along the coastline of the facility. Be respectful.  And you may have the opportunity to come across some curious creatures because nature is well preserved on White Beach.

For those of you looking to break a sweat, basketball and tennis courts, a softball field are available.

When you get hungry or need a break from the strong sunshine, take refuge at Port of Call Club. Having a fresh sandwich at Subway or spicy wings at Wingz@Beach are quick solutions for those who don’t feel like grilling at their campsites.

For those who run out of snacks and drinks can count on Skoshi Mart for a quick replenishment. Plus, there are lounge chairs, game rooms with slot machines, pool tables and computer access when you need a timeout from camping.

There are places outside the gates of White Beach that people should also check out. There is a paintball facility about a 10-minute drive from the gate, as well as notable historic sites like the remains of a sugar factory located a minute away.

Located in a secluded area, is the perfect getaway for families and groups of friends. So take in the scenery, take advantage of the recreational facilities and rejuvenate a White Beach. 

Tel: 098-954-1877
DSN: 622-1877
Hours (Reservations Desk): Mon. - Fri. : 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Facebook (Navy MWR, Okinawa): www.facebook.com/NavyMWROkinawa/
For more Info: www.navymwrokinawa.com/programs/f9ab0b40-8bb3-4bcb-a21c-4b73b4755ea2

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