Snow-white sandy beaches meet the deep blue sea at the Miyako Islands

The Miyakos are eight inhabited Okinawa islands, five of which are connected by bridges. About 55,300 residents live on the islands that are about 175 miles southwest of Naha. (AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES)
The Miyakos are eight inhabited Okinawa islands, five of which are connected by bridges. About 55,300 residents live on the islands that are about 175 miles southwest of Naha. (AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Snow-white sandy beaches meet the deep blue sea at the Miyako Islands

by Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

The snowy beaches of the Miyako Islands are a change to the beige-orange sand on the main island of Okinawa, and the sun reflected off the powdery white sand contrasts sharply with the blue ocean to compose a beautiful scene.

Three Miyako beaches are in Japan’s top 10 on Trip Advisor Travelers Choice 2019. Yonahamaehama beach, or Maehama for short, was voted No. 1. Its beach stretches for two miles; the water is crystal-clear layers of turquoise. I often spot happy couples there taking wedding day photos.

Miyako’s beaches are amazing. Visiting the islands must be on your bucket list while you’re stationed on Okinawa or in Japan.

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