Cruise to Miyako Island (Hirara), Japan

Miyako, one of Japan's most remote islands, is blessed with some of the archipelago's best beaches. Relax on white sand, snorkel with sea turtles or scuba dive through coral reefs. On land, you can hike along breathtaking rocky coasts, wander through sugarcane fields or zip over graceful bridges to the outlying islands of Ikema, Irabu, Shimoji and Kurima. Foodies will love the island's unique soba noodle dishes, mango treats and fiery awamori sake. This gorgeous group of islands has something for everyone.
National Language Japanese
Currency Accepted Japanese Yen (JPY)

Things To Do in Miyako Island (Hirara)

Beachy Keen

Beachy Keen

With its rock arch and crystalline waters, it's hard to top beautiful Sunayama Beach, a 15-minute taxi ride from Hirara Port. If you have your own transportation, you can also hop to Maehama Beach, a 7-km. stretch of white sand, or Yoshino Kaigan, renowned for snorkelling.

Head for a Hike

Head for a Hike

Take in one of Japan's top 13 places of scenic beauty with an easy walk along Higashi-Hennazaki (East Henna Cape), a long spit of land on the southeast corner of Miyako Island that ends at a solitary lighthouse overlooking the aquamarine sea.

Miyako, Abridged

Miyako and its four biggest neighbouring islands, Ikema, Irabu, Shimoji and Kurima, are joined by sea bridges that offer eye-popping, panoramic views. Explore spectacular beaches, discover coral reefs and taste unique food.

Local Cuisine

Miyakojima soba is a hearty noodle soup of sliced meat, steamed fish paste and diced green onions, sometimes served with side dishes of mozuku seaweed and pickles. Visit Koja Sobaya, which began making noodles way back in 1932, at 1517-1 Hirarashimozato, a 10-minute taxi ride from Hirara Port.


You'll find a cornucopia of island produce at Atarasu Farmers Market, a 10-minute taxi ride from Hirara Port. Mangoes sold here are prized for their succulent sweetness. Other souvenirs sold at shops near the port include awamori, a strong distilled spirit, and kariyushi shirts, similar to Hawaiian shirts.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Tipping is not customary in Japan, but look out for the blanket 10% sales tax. You may be able to find tax-free sales promotions in some small shops.
2 Smaller restaurants, cafes and bars may not accept credit cards, so be sure to always have enough yen to hand.

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