We flew into Miyako Island airport on Sunday the 2nd of April. Spring is actually our preferred season in Okinawa, as summer is just too hot and humid for us, not to mention that it is peak season in July/August, and the hotels, restaurants and beaches are crowded, prices are more expensive and the tours and hire-cars are all booked out. So, spring is best.
We had woken up at 5 AM that morning so as to catch a ferry from Tsu in Mie prefecture to Chubu airport in Nagoya. Our flight to Naha was as good as can be expected (flying free on Jetstar using mileage points). Our paid flight to Miyako on JAL was more comfortable and our hire car was waiting for us at the airport. It had been almost a decade since finding our way around the island last time, but fortunately our hire-car had a brand-new Satellite Navigational computer which was incredibly accurate and easy to use. We were pretty tired by the time we arrived at our hotel, the Hotel Breeze Bay Marina (now part of the new Shigira Resort). I can recommend this hotel with complete confidence – it is awesome, and the staff there bend over are extremely friendly and helpful. Of course, Japan must be the only place in the world where you can be greeted by a doorman dressed as Super Mario!