Cape Spots in Okinawa Area

  • Cape Manzamo
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunonnason Onna
    It is a popular scenic spot which is representative of Okinawa Prefecture, which is located in Onna Village, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture. It is famous for having rocks on the coastal cliffs which closely resemble an elephant’s trunk, with the whole surface of the clear blue sea stretching out down below. The highly transparent sea is breathtakingly beautiful and is so transparent that you can even see the rocks in the sea, but be careful as there are a few places which don’t have a fence.
  • Cape Hedo
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunkunigamison Hedo
    Located at the northernmost tip of Okinawa, it is made up of cliffs of coral. On sunny days it is a picturesque spot where you will be able to command a view of Yoron Island. In 1972 during the Showa period, on the occasion of the return of Okinawa to the Japanese, a monument “sokoku fukki tousou ishibumi” (Return to Motherland conflict monument) was built. Located on the northern side of the cape Hedo dome is a limestone cave in the sea which is said to have formed approximately 20,000 years ago. It is known as a great diving spot.
  • Cape Maeda
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunonnason Maeda 469-1
    Cape Maeda is a picturesque place with a precipitous cliff formed from elevated coral and a view of beautiful, transparent ocean. Diving and snorkeling are popular in this area, and the “Blue Grotto” shining gloriously blue is a particular must see. It is also one of the best sightseeing places as you can watch whales from an observation tower or whale watching boats in winter.
  • Cape Zanpa
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nakagamigunyomitanson Uza 1861
    Cape Zanpa is a promontory that juts out into the East China Sea, with two kilometers of cliffs that reach a height of around 30 meters. At the tip of the Cape there is a brilliant white lighthouse; there are marvelous views of the Kerama Islands and Ie-jima (Ie Island). Cape Zanpa is a very popular spot for diving, and for fishing from rocks near the shore. It is also famous because the sun sets here later than anywhere else on the main island of Okinawa, which attracts large numbers of people to come and watch the sea get given a reddish tint by the setting sun.
  • Higashi-hennazaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Gusukube Bora
    An example of one of Miyako Island’s sightseeing areas is the cape of Higashi-hennazaki, which was designated as a national Place of Scenic Beauty in 2007. The promontory is approximately two kilometers in length, and it is possible to have an unbroken view of the beautiful Okinawan sea from the cape which projects out into the cobalt blue seas. It is also possible to climb up onto the lighthouse which is situated at the very end of the cape. As it is possible to see a perfect horizon from up on the lighthouse, it is known as a famous spot for the first sunrise of the New Year. In the springtime, the whole surface blooms in profusion with Easter Lilly and it is also recommended as a walking spot.
  • Cape Takanazaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Yaeyamaguntaketomichou Hateruma
    Cape Takanazaki is located to the south-east of Hateruma Island. It is a cape pounded by wild waves with a coast of sheer cliffs extending for roughly one kilometer. It is a picturesque place where you can enjoy the force of the waves which rise with a splash and the clear cobalt blue sea right in front of your eyes. There are three monuments lined up, a monument of the southernmost point in Japan, a monument of Hateruma and a monument of peaceful prayers. As there is also a Star Observatory Tower nearby, you can also enjoy the starlit sky at night.
  • Cape Irizaki & Monument of the Westernmost Point of Japan
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Prefecture Yaeyama-gun Yonaguni Machihisa BuRyo
    Yonaguni Island is located at the westernmost end of Japan. The cape at the westernmost extremity of the island is Irizaki, and on a sunny day, you can command a view of the silhouette of Taiwan in the distance. Built on the leading edge of the cape with its sheer cliffs of more than 50 meters in height is a lighthouse, an observation platform and a “Monument of the Westernmost Point of Japan”. The setting sun is a magnificent sight as it shines orange and dissolves in the cobalt blue sea. Also, the Yonaguni-Cho Tourism Association has published evidence that this is the westernmost point of Japan.
  • Cape Agarizaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Prefecture Yaeyama-gun Yonaguni Higashizaki Machi
    Cape Agarizaki is a cape at the easternmost tip of Yonaguni Island. It is a cape covered with idyllic meadows, and there is a lighthouse and a viewing platform at the tip of the cape—you can get an unbroken view of the cobalt blue sea which spreads out under the sheer cliffs. Yonaguni horses and cattle are graze in the meadow, and you can gaze at the tranquil rural landscape.
  • Nishihenna Cape
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Hirara Karimata
    A 15-minute drive from Miyako Airport. Situated on the northwestern side of Miyako-jima Island, visitors to this cape can take in emerald green ocean and forest and deep blue skies. Three huge white wind turbines stand in a row and blend in with the surrounding scenery. From an observatory on the cape, visitors can enjoy a sweeping view of Ikema Ohashi Bridge, Ikema Island to the north, Irabu Island to the west, and Ogami Island to the east. The wind turbine power generation is a part of the Enetopia concept and the unique scenery created by the three turbines standing in a line has become a symbol of the Nishihenna Cape. Visitors can delight in the local scenery from the observatory and take a leisurely stroll to the tip of the cape using a walking path which traverses the area.
  • Kayauchi Banta
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunkunigamison Ginama
    "A picturesque cliff located in Kunigami Village on the northern tip of Okinawa Island. ""Banta"" means ""cliff"" in the Okinawan dialect. The 80-meter-high, precipitous cliff faces the East China Sea and offers a sweeping view of the ocean in Okinawa Kaigan Quasi-National Park. From an observatory, visitors can look down the steep cliff walls and at the surrounding beauty of the ocean and natural scenery. Visitors can also walk along a walking path or relax in an arbor on the cliff. On clear days, visitors can see the gentle ocean and Ginama Fish Harbor directly below and beautiful steep mountains stretching into the distance."
  • Hiyajo Banta Cliff
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Shimajirigunkumejimachou Hiyajou
    Banta means “cliff” in the Okinawan dialect. This precipitous cliff is 200 meters high and is located along Prefectural Highway No. 242 on the way from Hiyajo Village through Aka Village. It is a picturesque point from where you can see all the way to “Hateno Beach” and the Kerama Islands in the distance on fine days. There are a shop and toilets nearby so it is a convenient place to rest on a road trip.
  • Kafu Banta cliff
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Urumashi Yonashiromiyagi 2768
    Kafu Banta cliff located in Miyagi Island, Yonashiro, Uruma City is a picturesque spot. Banta means a cliff in Okinawan dialect. As its name “kafu” (good fortune) suggests, the cape situated at a high elevation on Miyagi Island and the scene from the cape which is layer upon layer of blue is overwhelming. You can spend a relaxing time while feeling the comfortable sea breeze in the beautiful scenery.
  • Nishikaigan Park / Cape Shiratorizaki
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Miyakojima-shi Irabu Sawada
    This park is located on the northeastern tip of Irabu Island about a 45-minute drive from Miyako Shimojishima Airport Terminal. It features a promenade that extends from the bird-shaped Funausagibanata Observatory Facility to Cape Shiratorizaki. The reef that stretches along Cape Shiratorizaki has been designated as a Natural Monument of the city. The park's rest area doubles as an observatory that offers a scenic view of the contrast between the rugged rock faces, the greenery, the white sandy beaches, and the blue sky. It is possible to see as far as Nishihennazaki Cape and Ikema Island. The area around the park is one of the biggest diving spots on the island, so diving boats can frequently be seen anchored offshore. You may even catch a glimpse of manta rays swimming in the winter.
  • Kanzaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Prefecture
  • Chinen Cape
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Nanjo-shi
  • Mozaki Cape
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Yaeyama-gun Taketomicho
  • Nubi Cape
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Yaeyama-gun Taketomicho
  • Tenma Cape
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Yaeyama-gun Taketomicho
  • Nagasaki Cape
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Yaeyama-gun Taketomicho
  • Paimi Saki
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Prefecture Yaeyama-gun Taketomi-cho

Okinawa Areas

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Let go of your image of a busy, ordered Japan and replace it with crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches, and relaxing folk music: You've arrived in Okinawa. A world away from the high intensity of Tokyo, Okinawans appear to live a laid-back beach life on this paradisiacal tropical island that lies in the middle of the East China Sea almost 1,000 kilometers south of mainland Japan's most southern tip. Home to a spattering of islands, prepare yourself to discover underwater caves, star-shaped sand, and an island culture sometimes unrecognizable from mainland Japan.

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