Tourist spots

10 recommended attractive tourist spots in Miyakojima

Miyakojima has many attractive tourist spots such as beautiful nature, historical heritage, and activities. In this article, we will introduce 10 recommended tourist spots in Miyakojima. Each spot has its own charm, including observation decks with ocean views, historical buildings, and beautiful beaches. Please refer to this article when planning your Miyakojima trip.

Yukishio Museum

Yukishio Museum is an attractive spot where you can learn about “yukishio,” a specialty product of Miyako Island. The unique feature of yukishio is its fluffy powder texture, which is rare even on a global scale. You can learn about the production process of freshly packaged yukishio and how to use it to its fullest potential through guided videos and beauty experience corners. The shop has a wide variety of products, not only yukishio but also sweets and cosmetics that use it, making it perfect for souvenir shopping. In addition, the popular product “yukishio soft serve ice cream,” which was first released in 2006, can be enjoyed at the lounge. You can experience yukishio from various angles, such as looking, touching, and tasting, so it is a spot where both adults and children can have fun.

Address 191 Karimata, Hirara, Miyakojima City, Okinawa Prefecture
Phone number 0980-72-5567
Business HoursApril to September 9:00-18:30, October to March 9:00-17:00
Closed None
Google Maphttps://goo.gl/maps/GmuVxBGtifCTBGbW9
Access 25 minites by car from Miyako Airport
Official Websitehttps://museum.yukishio.com/
SNShttps://www.instagram.com/yukishiomuseum/
ParkingAvailable
Payment methods Credit cards accepted (VISA, Master, JCB, AMEX, Diners), electronic money accepted, QR code payment accepted.

Maipari Miyakojima Tropical Fruit Farm

Maipari Miyakojima Tropical Fruit Farm is a tropical orchard where you can experience plants and fruits from subtropical regions. “Maipari” means “pari (field)” adjacent to “maihama (beach),” in the local language. Various tropical fruits such as pineapple and banana are planted in the orchard, and you can not only see them but also enjoy fruit juice made with fresh fruits and harvesting experiences. Plants unique to the southern islands such as palm trees and clusters of areca palms are also a highlight. With a tropical guided tour with explanations, you can explore the orchard thoroughly by cart. In addition, there is a pasture for “Miyako horses,” a natural monument, and it is also recommended to enjoy feeding the horses.

Address1210 Yonaha, Shimoi, Miyakojima City, Okinawa Prefecture
Phone number0980-74-7830
Business Hours10:00-17:00 (Last tropical guided tour at 16:30)
ClosedNone (April-September), Every Wednesday (October-March)
Google Maphttps://goo.gl/maps/GWmEDM3itfU6JDuR7
Access12 minites by car from Miyako Airport
Official Websitehttps://www.maipari.jp/
SNShttps://www.instagram.com/maiparimiyako/
ParkingAvailable
Payment methodsCredit cards accepted (VISA, Master, JCB, AMEX, Diners), electronic money accepted, QR code payment accepted.

the Miyakojima City Comprehensive Museum

“Miyako’s nature and climate” is the main theme of the Miyakojima City Comprehensive Museum, which opened on November 1, 1989. It is a spot where you can deeply learn about Miyakojima. The exhibition consists of four sections: history, folklore, natural sciences, and art and crafts. In addition to actual exhibits and materials, dioramas, videos, and touch panels are used to make it easy to understand and enjoyable to visit until the end. Pay attention to the special exhibitions held for a limited time. People of all ages can enjoy it. Learn about the history and culture of Miyakojima and have a more meaningful trip to Miyakojima.

Address1166-287 Higashi-nakasone Sozenzui, Hirara, Miyakojima City, Okinawa Prefecture
Phone number0980-73-0567
Business Hours9:00-16:30 (Last admission at 16:00)
ClosedEvery Monday (If Monday is a holiday, the museum is closed on Tuesday), National holidays, December 29-January 3
Google Maphttps://goo.gl/maps/S2kLGCWEQn6diXEa7
Access7 minites by car from Miyako Airport
Official Websitehttps://www.city.miyakojima.lg.jp/soshiki/kyouiku/syougaigakusyu/hakubutsukan/
SNS
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MoriKaga

Mori-Kaga, a cultural heritage site in Miyakojima, is a precious underground water source that supported the people before the spread of plumbing. Descend 103 stone steps to reach the 24m diameter opening, where ancient relics can be seen inside the cave. Excavations have uncovered shards of blue porcelain and earthenware, indicating that it has been used as a water source for the community since ancient times. The historic appearance of the stone steps, polished smooth from the women who once drew water here, is still preserved. This is a valuable tourist spot where visitors can experience both nature and culture.

Address201 Higashi-Nakasone, Hirara, Miyakojima City, Okinawa
Phone number0980-72-3764
Business Hours
Closed
Google Maphttps://goo.gl/maps/oDN9gEPf5PRb5cVf7
Access11 minites by car from Miyako Airport
Official Website
SNS
ParkingNone
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Higa Road Park

Higa Road Park is a rest area that you can stop by during a drive around Miyakojima. Located at the highest point on the outer ring road of Miyakojima, the view from the 98.2-meter-high cliff facing the East China Sea is breathtaking. From this spot, you can see Miyakojima’s beautiful coral reefs and Ikema Island, as well as Ojima Island, which is known as the island where gods reside, in the distance. It is especially recommended to visit during sunrise or sunset. The rest area is equipped with a large gazebo and restroom, making it a convenient stopover for accessing nearby Yoshino Beach and Aragusuku Beach. Why not take a break and enjoy the nature of Miyakojima?

AddressGusukube, Miyakojima City, Okinawa Prefecture
Phone number0980-72-2769
Business Hours
Closed
Google Maphttps://goo.gl/maps/6ydJRg27tiZSVE3o8
Access15 minites by car from Miyako Airport
Official Website
SNS
ParkingAvailable
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The Miyakojima Underwater Park

The Miyakojima Underwater Park is a valuable spot where you can observe the underwater world while wearing your regular clothes. You can enjoy tropical fish, octopus, sea snakes, and other creatures that you can’t see without diving, through the 24 windows that overlook the seabed at a depth of 3-5 meters. The presence of a wheelchair lift allows everyone from children to the elderly to enjoy it. The underwater environment changes daily depending on the season, time, and weather, offering new encounters every time you visit. The souvenir corner, accessory experience corner, and café are also must-see attractions. Why not visit the Miyakojima Underwater Park during your trip to Miyakojima?

Address2511-1 Karimata, Hirara, Miyakojima City, Okinawa Prefecture
Phone number0980-74-6335
Business HoursVaries depending on the facility/attraction.
Closed
Google Maphttps://goo.gl/maps/i5YZkb3m2YBbDJK5A
Access23 minites by car from Miyako Airport
Official Websitehttps://miyakojima-kaichukoen.com/
SNShttps://www.instagram.com/kaichuukoen/
ParkingAvailable
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Shima no Eki Miyako

Shima no Eki Miyako is a must-visit spot for souvenir shopping, offering a vast selection of products. In addition to the popular souvenirs, visitors can find fresh produce and processed food from contracted farmers, as well as bread, bento boxes, and side dishes. The terrace has tables where visitors can enjoy unique Miyakojima dishes and sweets from various tenants, including Miyako soba, tempura specialty store Miyako Curry, and gelato shop. The regular events held here, such as the Mango Republic in summer, the Awamori Festival in autumn, and Miyakojima Melon Festival in winter, are seasonal events that showcase local specialties. Don’t miss out on the chance to visit Shima no Eki Miyako during your trip to Miyakojima and experience the local culture and cuisine.

Address870-1 Kubai, Hirara, Miyakojima City, Okinawa Prefecture
Phone number0980-79-5151
Business HoursVaries depending on the facility/attraction.
ClosedNone
Google Maphttps://goo.gl/maps/5fsK5Z9UiJxmECYg7
Access11 minites by car from Miyako Airport
Official Websitehttps://shimanoeki-miyako.com/
SNShttps://www.instagram.com/shimanoeki.miyako/
ParkingAvailable
Payment methodsCredit cards accepted (VISA, Master, JCB, AMEX, Diners), electronic money accepted, QR code payment accepted.

Tara-gawa Shuzo

Tara-gawa Shuzo is a traditional Okinawan distillery that has been making the famous local liquor, “awamori,” for over 70 years. The name “Tara-gawa” comes from the water source that flows in the area where the distillery is located, which is also used as the water for brewing the awamori. The distillery takes pride in their aging process, ensuring that even young awamori is aged for over a year before being shipped out, resulting in a deep and rich flavor and aroma. You can sample their awamori before purchasing it, which is a delightful experience. The distillery also offers a tour of their private cave storage, called “Uipya Upusu Kura,” where customers can store their purchased awamori and allow it to age further. The cave is approximately 5 meters underground and 60 meters long, offering a stable temperature and humidity for optimal aging conditions. Following the Okinawan tradition of storing awamori for significant life events, why not consider leaving your purchased bottle at the distillery to age and savor it on a future special occasion?

Address85 Sunagawa, Shiromi, Miyakojima City, Okinawa Prefecture
Phone number0980-77-4108
Business HoursDistillery tours available at 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, and 16:00
ClosedSundays, Obon festival period (mid-August), New Year’s holiday period
Google Maphttps://goo.gl/maps/8y6xFjk3LJAyonbv6
Access14 minites by car from Miyako Airport
Official Websitehttps://taragawa.co.jp/
SNShttps://www.instagram.com/awamori_taragawa/
ParkingAvailable
Payment methodsCredit cards accepted (VISA, Master, JCB, AMEX, Diners), electronic money accepted, QR code payment accepted.

Ueno German Culture Village

Ueno German Culture Village is a theme park where you can learn about German culture while in Miyakojima. The park was created to honor the generosity of the island’s residents who rescued the crew of a German ship that had run aground in 1873. The park offers a pleasant seaside promenade where visitors can view the heart-shaped rock formation that appears during low tide. Visitors can also enjoy the “Sea Sky Hakuai,” a semi-submersible watercraft that allows you to view the ocean while still wearing your clothes. The “Hakuai Memorial Hall” is a full-scale reproduction of Germany’s “Marksburg Castle” and features rooms modeled after the castle’s interior and displays of German art. “Kindergarten” exhibits a real piece of the Berlin Wall. Take a break from the beach and explore Ueno German Culture Village for a unique cultural experience.

Address775-1 Ue-no-Miyakoku, Miyakojima City, Okinawa Prefecture
Phone number0980-76-3771
Business Hours9:30-17:30 (Last entry at 17:00)
ClosedTuesdays, Thursdays
Google Maphttps://goo.gl/maps/ARYwsVa9jwvKucw58
Access12 minites by car from Miyako Airport
Official Websitehttps://www.hakuaiueno.com/
SNShttps://twitter.com/HakuaiVillage
ParkingAvailable
Payment methodsCredit cards accepted (VISA, Master, JCB, AMEX, Diners), electronic money accepted, QR code payment accepted.

Irabu Ohashi Bridge

Irabu Ohashi Bridge is a stunning 3,540m-long bridge that connects Miyako Island to Irabu Island, boasting the longest free-spanning bridge in Japan as of December 2021. It has contributed to revitalizing transportation, medical care, logistics, and essential lifelines such as water and electricity supply in both islands. The bridge offers breathtaking views of the sea and surrounding scenery, making it a popular spot for driving and sightseeing. It also provides convenient access to popular tourist destinations on Irabu Island, including Toguchi Beach. The bridge also provides easy access to Shimojishima Island, which can be reached from Irabu Island. Make sure to cross the Irabu Ohashi Bridge for a memorable experience during your trip to Miyako Island.

AddressMiyakojima City, Okinawa Prefecture
Phone number0980-72-2769
Business Hours
Closed
Google Maphttps://goo.gl/maps/vY2CGkjxDz5Wo7WH7
Access13 minites by car from Miyako Airport
Official Website
SNS
ParkingAvailable
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