group of islands in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
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The Miyako Islands (宮古列島 Miyako-rettō) are in Okinawa prefecture, Japan.

Sunayama Beach on Miyako Island

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  • Irabu — the "other island" of Miyako
  • Miyako — by far the largest of the three main islands that make up the group
  • Shimoji — very close to Irabu, but not quite as large
  • Tarama — known for its August festival
  • Kurima

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Understand edit

Miyako, while being a high traffic tourist destination for Japanese tourists, is farther off the radar from the international traveler. It has good diving and excellent beaches, local Okinawan cuisine, and culture. These islands have truly embraced the Okinawan slow, relaxed lifestyle. In Miyako you can do everything from lounge on Maehama beach, play beach volleyball, play golf, make your own shisa, listen to the sanshin, or, if you're feeling very competitive, participate in the local Strongman Triathlon, held every April.

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While most of the people in Miyako are friendly, Japanese is the main language, followed by the local Miyako language and its local dialects of each individual town as well as island. While finding English speakers is possible, consider it rare.

Get in edit

Hirara has a fairly decent sized airport for such a small island, and there are flights daily to and from national Japanese locations such as Naha, Ishigaki, and more rarely mainland Japan, such as Osaka and Tokyo.

Miyako Airport (MMY IATA)

As of November 2008, there are no scheduled ferry services from outside the Miyako Islands.

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The main island of Miyako, Miyako, is only about 81 square miles, but even so it's fairly sizable considering the main attractions for the island are on its outer edges. Car, motorbikes, and bicycle rentals are available, as well as a periodic bus and numerous taxis. Bridges connect Miyako to both Irabu and Kurema Islands, and a ferry travels to Irabu almost every half hour.

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Maehama beach on the south west corner of the island is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Japan. White sandy beaches, warm, aqua blue, calm water, and an excellent view of Kurema Island are only a few reasons this is one of the top spots to get some sun. Beach volleyball is an excellent way to spend some time at this excellent, flat, beach.

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While theft does occasionally occur, it is not uncommon to see a business man sleeping on the side of Nishizato Street, his head on his wallet. So long as travelers aren't foolish, there shouldn't be any problems here. Travelers are more at risk in their rental cars, as people pull out into traffic with little warning, than anything else on the islands.

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