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Bathe in the glory of summer one step ahead of everyone else! 6 Beaches in Okinawa Open in the Spring

In Okinawa, a place where you can partake in water sports all year round, the official sea bathing season starts around mid-March to April. During this period, beach houses and other establishments by the sea are also open for business. Here are 6 such beaches that you can go to in Okinawa!

1. Naminoue Beach (Naha)

Naminoue Beach is located within Naminoue Umisora Park, a stone's throw away from the city center of Naha. You can have barbecue events or take part in water sports at this beach, watching the tropical fish in the clear seas that you can only find in Okinawa, or you could just sit back and enjoy the gorgeous view of the setting sun. Water sports are available all year round, but you have to be 12 years old and above if you want to try your hand at scuba diving, or at least 6 years old if you want to go snorkeling. The scuba diving lessons are held 4 times a day, and snorkeling 5 times a day from June 25 till 31 August. At all other times, both activities are held twice a day.

Beach Opening: First Sunday of April yearly
Swimming Period: From beach opening until October (※Please abide by swimming hours.)

1. Naminoue Beach (Naha)

1-25-11 Wakasa, Naha-shi, Okinawa

2. Azama-Sansan Beach (Nanjo)

Located in Nanjo in the southern part of the main island of Okinawa, the crystal-clear waters of Azama-Sansan Beach guarantee a breathtaking view of the beautiful sea. Swimming and water sports areas are demarcated, and nets are fitted along the edge to ensure that jellyfish do not enter the demarcated zones. This is definitely a plus point for families with small children. You can also rent a banana boat or a jet ski and enjoy frolicking in the sea! Do bear in mind that there is a minimum age limit (3 years old and above for the banana boat, 6 years old and above for the jet ski), and that children have to be always accompanied by an adult!

Beach Opening: Usually mid to end-April
Swimming Period: From beach opening until October (※Please abide by swimming hours.)

2. Azama-Sansan Beach (Nanjo)

1141-3 Azama, Chinen Aza, Nanjo-shi, Okinawa

3. Zanpa Beach (Yomitan)

Zanpa Beach, located in Yomitan in the central part of the main island of Okinawa, is not set on reclaimed land, thus largely maintaining its natural pristine condition. The cobalt blue sea and well-maintained white sandy shores provide for a very good contrast, which makes it so beautiful and popular among beach-goers. There is a good variety of water sports to take part in, such as fly-boarding (16 years and above), jet skiing (4 years and above), scuba diving (10 years and above), and parasailing (3 years and above).

Beach Opening: Usually early April
Swimming Period: From beach opening until October (※Please abide by swimming hours.)

3. Zanpa Beach (Yomitan)

1933 Aza Uza, Yomitan-son, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa

4. Manza Beach (Onna)

Located within the ANA Intercontinental Manza Beach Resort in Onna on the central west coast of the main island of Okinawa, this quiet beach facing an inland sea is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. It has also been selected by the Ministry of Environment as a "special pick" out of the top 100 comfortable beaches in Japan list, and there are only 3 of such beaches within Okinawa, making it a very popular spot. Also, from early March to early December, Manza Ocean Park, Japan's largest offshore sports facility, opens its doors to guests. Here you can enjoy going down slides, jumping on trampolines, and climbing up the rock wall!

Beach Opening: Usually Mid-March
Swimming Period: All year round (※Please abide by swimming hours.)

4. Manza Beach (Onna)

2260 Aza Serakaki, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa

5. Yonaha Maehama Beach (Miyakojima)

The beautiful shores of Yonaha Maehama Beach, stretching 7 kilometers, has earned it the reputation of being "the whitest sand beach of the East." The contrast of the blue waves against the white sandy shores will steal your heart. Also, anyone can enjoy parasailing here and enjoy the bird's eye view of the sparkling sea. Who knows, you might even spot some sea turtles or stingrays! The high transparency of the waters here make for a good spot to do some snorkeling in order to observe and play with the tropical fish, or you could just sit back and relax with the clear skies and the crashing blue waves as your background.

Beach Opening: Usually Early April
Swimming Period: From beach opening until October

5. Yonaha Maehama Beach (Miyakojima)

Yonaha Shimoji, Miyakojima-shi, Okinawa

6. Aharen Beach (Tokashiki Island)

Just a 35-minute high-speed boat ride, or a 70-minute ferry ride away from Nahatomari Port, Tokashiki Island is a popular destination for day-trip beachgoers and whale-watching. Aharen Beach is one such beach in Tokashiki Island. It is located near town, making food and lodging a convenient affair. The crescent-shaped beach is surrounded by coral reefs, and the white sandy shores extend up to 800 meters. Water transparency is high, making it a good location to do some scuba diving or snorkeling, but you can also rent a banana boat or jet ski between the period of April to October and enjoy moving around in the sea!

Beach Opening: Usually mid-April
Swimming Period: All year round

6. Aharen Beach (Tokashiki Island)

Aharen, Tokashiki-son, Shimajiri-gun, Okinawa

The beaches in Okinawa usually open in April, around the start of spring, approximately 2 months earlier than any other regions in Japan. Why don't you make your way to Okinawa and partake in some water sports and play with the fishes? Beaches in Okinawa are a different experience from any other beaches altogether!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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