We had to postpone our trip to the spring of 2008. Fortunately, the spring of 2008 was unusually warm – perfect for our time on Okinawa. The beaches were officially opened before we arrived there, and we had a terrific time – ten days in all. We flew to Naha, the capital city on Okinawa Honto (Okinawa’s main island), before catching a transit flight to Miyako where we spent three days. Our return trip to Miyako in April, next week, is to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. Maybe one day we’ll celebrate on the actual date!
Getting to Miyako is relatively easy. All one has to do is take a plane to Naha, the capital city of Okinawa Honto (the main island of Okinawa), and then catch a short transit flight to the next main island, Miyako, or Miyako-jima as the Japanese refer to it. Miyako is a fairly large island, being almost 160 square kilometers in size, with over 55,000 residents. Hirara is the island’s biggest town, with one major shopping street, and enough shops to get what you need. There are also many restaurants, hotels, even a few golf courses, and of course a lot of spectacular beaches. A couple of the beaches rank as some of the best in Japan.
We find that the Marina Breeze Bay hotel suits our needs the best, and is conveniently located next to a German restaurant and bar (part of the larger German Culture village nearby). That restaurant/bar also has an excellent Okinawan traditional music stage show as entertainment for both diners and tourists. Our hotel is close to Yoshino Beach as well.
If the weather is not so good (according to the forecast, for the week that we are there, one or two days look as if they might be cloudy – no rain or storms while we’re there, thank goodness), we can tour the German Culture Village or the Miyako Marine Museum. Our hotel has hot Japanese style baths as well as a pool, so that’s also an option. Mandy would like to check out one of the more impressive light houses on the island as well. Lots to do.
It’s easy these days to visit a couple of the outer islands, such as Irabu Island or Kurema Island (both connected to Miyako by bridge), either by car or ferry. Most of all, I just want to lie down on a quiet beach and close my eyes as I listen to the waves crashing rhythmically on the shore. It will be so relaxing. The last time we were there was nine years ago; it’s been way too long. Hopefully it won’t be that long again.
Have a great spring break (for those in the northern hemisphere) and best wishes.