Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan, is a group of tropical islands that are popular as summer vacation destinations. They boast excellent activities such as snorkelling, diving, and surfing, and visiting lovely local places such as Fukushu-en and Shikina-en Gardens, the Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, and Nakagusuku Castle. Okinawa is famous for beautiful beaches, the amazing Churaumi Aquarium, the Okinawa Peace Memorial Museum, and relics of the old Ryukyu Kingdom, and is also home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Shuri Castle and Nakijin Castle. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing week of sunbathing on the beach or an action-packed adventure of exploring, Okinawa has something for everyone.
Okinawa has one of the highest life expectancies in the world, and although it is part of Japan, you will find many things that differ from the mainland. You’ll find unique food such as goya and “taco rice” as well as unique festivals such as the Ryukyu Lantern Festival and the fantastic Whale Watching Festival. With chances to explore these islands, escape the stress of the busy city life, and see some breathtaking sights, Okinawa should be on everyone’s list of places to visit!
We have compiled a list of hotels on three beautiful islands in Okinawa: Miyako, Ishigaki, and Iriomote, well-loved for their ease of access to fun things to do as well as their natural beauty. Book your stay on one of these fantastic islands and start planning a great trip to Okinawa!
Miyako Island, also called Miyako-jima Island, is the largest and most populated island in the Miyako Islands of Okinawa Prefecture. It has everything you need in terms of sun, sea, and sky, and is the perfect place for those who wish to go swimming or snorkelling. There is also the gorgeous Miyakojima City Tropical Plant Garden boasting over 1500 kinds of exotic tropical plants, and historical sites such as the Mamuya and Nakasone Toyumya Tombs.
Pay a visit to Miyakojima City Museum or the pretty Irabu Bridge, which leads to the island of the same name. There are endless beaches, capes, and cliffs to explore on Miyako Island, so what better way to see everything than to stay for a night or two? Here are our favourite hotels on Miyako.
Located right on the gorgeous Maehama Beach is the Miyakojima Tokyu Hotel & Resorts, which boasts an outdoor pool, tennis courts, minigolf courses, and a spa offering relaxing massages. Free wifi is available throughout the property and all rooms have a private balcony with lovely ocean views.
The modern and spacious rooms have air conditioning, a fridge, a sofa, and a TV. You can rent a bicycle at this hotel or wander down to the beach to enjoy activities like snorkelling and windsurfing. This hotel is extremely popular, so book today to avoid disappointment!
With its own private beach and spacious suites with balconies overlooking the ocean and the golf course, this stunning five-star hotel is another great choice. Take a dip in the outdoor pool, try canoeing or snorkelling at the beach, or get a relaxing massage at the spa.
The rooms at this hotel are spacious and have a TV, a minibar and fridge, and free internet. It’s also possible to rent a bicycle or a car or make use of the shuttle service from the airport. Book this hotel for a stress-free and satisfying stay.
Located a six-minute stroll from the beach, Hotel Breezebay Marina overlooks Miyako Island’s southern beaches and features an outdoor pool, two on-site restaurants, and a hot tub. The spacious rooms have a balcony with a view of the sea, a TV, and a fridge. You can book marine sports at the front desk and you can even try karaoke or a barbecue. For a fantastic stay in one of the island’s most desirable hotels, choose Hotel Breezebay!
Ishigaki is second largest of the Miyako Islands and is a stunning paradise of natural beauty. It is part of the protected Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park and is home to Hirakubo Lighthouse and the stunning Kabira Bay, a real slice of paradise. You can also visit the Yaeyama Palm Tree Grove to see ten-metre palm trees and catch a break from the sun and beach.
Visitors cannot miss the charming Toujin Grave, a memorial to Chinese labourers who revolted against their masters when their boat crashed. Kannonzaki Viewpoint is an excellent place to see the sunset, and nature lovers wouldn’t want to miss the Fukido River which features local flora and fauna. Ishigaki is all about natural sights, so choose the perfect hotel to suit your stay in this tropical paradise.
This beautiful resort hotel is right next to the beach and features an outdoor pool, an on-site bar, and a restaurant with a lovely ocean view. The sunny rooms have a balcony and a TV, and the larger type rooms also have a cosy seating area. There is a spa at this hotel where you can unwind and relax, and there is even a children’s area which makes this resort ideal for families!
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On the southwest side of the island and just two minutes from the beach, you’ll find Grandvrio Resort, which boasts two pools, four restaurants, and soothing public baths. Guests can have a massage, play table tennis, or even sing karaoke. A daily breakfast buffet is served and free wifi is available throughout the hotel.
The spacious rooms have free internet and a seating area, cool wooden floors, and beautifully relaxing decor. Book this hotel for a relaxing and gorgeous stay in Ishigaki.
ANA Continental is a gorgeous five-star resort and one of the top picks on Ishigaki Island. It features a spa, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre, and six dining options. All rooms have lovely views of either the ocean or the gardens.
You’ll find free internet, a TV with a DVD player, and a minibar in the spacious rooms. Unwind in the sauna or spa and book some exciting marine activities at the front desk. There are even golf and tennis courts! Book this hotel for a fantastic luxurious stay on Ishigaki.
This three-star hotel is a little more affordable but is nevertheless a great choice and one of the bestsellers on Ishigaki Island. Just one minute by foot from the beach and offering free wifi, an on-site restaurant, views of the garden from the terrace, Nata Beach Villa has everything you need. The air-conditioned rooms have a kettle and a TV, and slippers and free toiletries are provided.
This popular hotel offers lovely views of the sea as well as barbeques. Guests can take advantage of the luggage storage services and the free wifi available throughout the property. There is also an on-site restaurant and plenty of local activities such as horse riding and snorkelling.
All rooms have a kettle, free slippers and a hairdryer, and toiletries are provided in the private bathroom. For excellent value for money, find out more about Seven Colors by clicking the link below!
Another great choice is the Art Hotel, which is just a ten-minute walk from Miyara Dunchi Samurai House, one of Ishigaki’s cultural properties. This four-star hotel features a public bath and sauna, free wifi, and an outdoor pool. The rooms have a tea and coffee making facilities, air conditioning and heating, and a TV. This hotel is in an excellent location; Ishigaki Garden and Torin Temple are both a ten-minute walk away.
Fusaki is more of a small village of resorts than a hotel, making it a charming little neighbourhood and something a little different! The property is located a two-minute walk from the beach and features six restaurants, free wifi, and relaxing spa treatments.
The rooms have a TV, toiletries, and a fridge. Activities you can book at this hotel include yoga lessons and various marine activities such as snorkelling and canoeing. Grab breakfast or a drink at one of the on-site restaurants or bars! For a completely relaxing stay close to the beach, choose Fusaki Resort Village.
This stylish hotel features different kinds of rooms and a small private outdoor pool for ultimate relaxation. There is a spa on-site as well as a dining area serving meals for breakfast and dinner accompanied by music. The terrace overlooks the ocean, and the rooms are spacious and comfortable. Check out their website below for further details!
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Also part of the Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park, Iriomote Island is one of the remote islands and just perfect if you’re looking to find somewhere quiet and away from some of the busier Okinawan islands. Iriomote is home to the fascinating Iriomote wildcat and subtropical mangrove forests.
It is also possible to see the impressive Pinaisaara Waterfall and the breathtaking coral reef at Hoshizuna Beach in the north part of the island, where tropical fish and manta rays are abundant. Consider staying at Iriomote to experience Okinawa’s gorgeous nature! We recommend the following hotel for your Iriomote Island trip.
Hotel Niraikanai is located near the beach in the north and can be reached from Uehara Port in ten minutes on the hotel’s free shuttle. In the spacious rooms, you’ll find a fridge, air conditioning, and a private bathroom.
Marine activities such as snorkelling can be booked at the hotel’s tour desk and western and Japanese dishes are served every morning for breakfast. The hotel also has a relaxing sun terrace, a garden, and a gift shop, making it a charming choice. Book this highly-rated hotel today and spend time on one of Okinawa’s most undisturbed islands!
Okinawa is Japan’s very own tropical paradise, and the Miyako Islands are arguably the most beautiful with their unspoiled wildlife, stretches of gorgeous beaches, and stunning hotels which provide excellent facilities and services to their guests. During your visit to either Miyako, Ishigaki, or Iriomote, don’t forget to try some exciting marine sports or visit the charming coral reefs and rivers.
With this list of twelve fantastic hotels, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing somewhere to stay! Book one of these lovely hotels and treat yourself to a fantastic slice of heaven in Okinawa!