Okinawa Tourism Information:Let’swalkaroundTsukenIsland,anidyllicremoteislandfloatingalongtheeasterncoastinthecentralpartofmainlandOkinawa.

Let’s walk around Tsuken Island, an idyllic remote island floating along the eastern coast in the central part of mainland Okinawa.

post : 2015.04.11 19:00

It is April.  Finally the season for trip to Okinawa started in a full scale.   This year, why don’t you take a longer ride from the mainland Okinawa to a remote island?  For example, Tsuken Island, which is a small remote island with a circumference of about 7.0 km, located 4 km southeast of Katsuren Peninsula is a great spot with not many tourists.


Let me introduce some must-see spots to you!  Tsuken Island is famous for “Tomai-hama Beach” (Shown on the above photo); however, if you drive further to the north end of the island, a small quiet beach will come into your sight.  “Yajiri-hama Beach” with an uninhabited rock reef called “Afu Rock” 100 m ahead has sea walls partially, but few tourists are found.  Sometimes the local residents enjoy fishing in a leisurely fashion at the peaceful beach, which has a remnant of the relaxing natural beach.



The shoaling beach extends to Afu Rock.  It is 3 to 4 m deep at high tide, and you can swim across by snorkeling at gentle waves.  Most of the sea bottom consists of sand, but if you take a close look, you can enjoy finding groups of clown fish here and there.  Needless to say, no lifeguards are at the beach, and islanders seldom visit the area, so please never forget to wear a life jacket for your safety when you go into the water.
If there is nobody else snorkeling there, you should not go into the water alone.  Please take full responsibility for your actions and place safety before everything else.
 


Most of the island is covered by the cultivated land, most of which is made up by carrot fields and provides an idyllic landscape. 
 


The surrounding ocean area has developed reefs, and is a boat snorkeling point for marine service companies on the island.



The observatory commonly known as “Carrot,” which is located on the upper ground on the west commands views of clear blue Tomai-hama Beach and the eastern coast of the mainland Okinawa. 



Right to the south of the observatory, there is a spring called “Hoothugaa,” whose name came from “Hoothu (an Okinawan word meaning dove)” and “gaa (an Okinawa word meaning spring).”  It has been used as a water source since the old times, and you can enjoy an exhilarating view of beautiful ocean several meters down from the spring.



If you take a day trip to the remote island, you always have to worry about the ferry departure time to return.  So it would be best to stay over there.  After enjoying the sunset at Tomai-hama Beach, I would recommend a BBQ course at Minshuku “Kamiya-So.”  You can fully enjoy not only meat but also a variety of fish freshly-caught by local fishermen.  If the weather is fine, the owner of the minshuku might show you a place you can enjoy star-filled night sky.



How are you interested in Tsuken Island now?  Remote islands still have original landscapes of good old days of Okinawa, so please take a slow relaxing walk.  You surely can discover unknown charms of the place that are never in any guide books.



Yajiri-hama Beach
Address: Katsuren Tsuken, Uruma City, Okinawa 


Tsuken Island Lighthouse Site
Address: Katsuren Tsuken, Uruma City, Okinawa 


“Carrot” Observatory Tower
Address: Around 1327 Katsuren Tsuken, Uruma City, Okinawa 


Hoothugaa
Address: Around 1327 Katsuren Tsuken, Uruma City, Okinawa 


Kamiya Kanko
Address: 1472−4, Katsuren Tsuken, Uruma City, Okinawa
TEL: 098-978-3027
Accommodation Fee: 5, 500 yen (per night with 2 meals per person)
Check In & Check Out: 14:00 / 11:00
Website: http://tsuken.shimatabi.jp


Okinawa CLIP Photo Writer  Kiwamu Ogawa (Qey Word) 

*In addition to this article, the following articles introduce many more charms
about Tsuken Island!

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Let’s Stay at OUCHI on Tsuken Island!

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