Leave Okinawa (Motobu) and spend three days and two nights on Yoronjima.
The outbound service from Motobu Port in Okinawa is handy for reaching Yoronjima, known for its exquisite Yurigahama Beach! Catch the 9 AM ferry and embark on a three-hour cruise!
Since the sea voyage is taken during the day, it lets you appreciate majestic scenery bathed in sunlight. You can enjoy the view that includes Ie and Izena islands from the sea as you travel north from the main island of Okinawa. You will reach Yoronjima as soon as you see the sea change color to emerald green.
After arriving in Yoron, we recommend sating your appetite with a Yoron specialty, mozuku soba*. Enjoy the refreshing chilled noodles topped with lashings of mozuku seaweed at a spot with the best views of the sea. The dish can be enjoyed by those with a buckwheat allergy, as the noodles are made without buckwheat, using a unique recipe. After a meal, why not take pictures at the restaurant’s Instagram spot or venture out onto the beachside boardwalk where you will hear the Bells of Love? *The image is of a chilled mozuku soba.
The small Yoronjima surrounded by coral reefs is best enjoyed on a rental bike. Even cycling novices can feel safe and enjoy the ride as the roads on the island are relatively flat. There are also electric bikes for rent, so those who are not confident in their stamina should give it a try.
The Yoron Folk Village offers taster courses for making simple homeware, toys, and brown sugar using traditional techniques passed down the ages on the island. Try your hand at making a souvenir of your vacation, such as a banana fiber coaster or an item dyed in a natural plant-based dye. All taster courses must be booked.
The restaurant can serve excellent A4 grade Yoron beef at reasonable prices because they buy the whole cow. There are private dining rooms, too, so you can enjoy a leisurely meal in a tranquil setting. Since the restaurant is also open for lunch, you can savor Yoron beef with ease.
The elusive 1.5km Yurigahama off Okaneku Coast appears only during low tide between the half tide and spring tide from spring to summer every year. As the beach is elusive, its appearance depends on the beach condition, winds, and waves, and may appear for a limited time during the day, so be sure to call the tourism association in advance for an update.
The cafe is near Chabana Beach. Its menu offers many original creations, and every dish is generously served. You can enjoy a cute-looking parfait and satisfying lunch while appreciating the Yoron-blue sea from the terrace seat. Since the cafe is open until 11:00 PM, why not engage in banter with the owner while sipping a cocktail?
The center offers various experience-based sessions, including samisen, salt-making, and guided island exploration tours. The popular gel candle and decorated frame-making sessions involving the island’s seashells and sand can be enjoyed, even if you book at the last minute.
*Some sessions require booking. Please call for details.
The museum introduces Yoron’s history, culture, nature, and life through panels of photographs and real-life everyday handicrafts. The bicycle used in the film Glasses, set in Yoron, is displayed in the first-floor lobby. The fifth-floor observation deck offers a panoramic view of northern Okinawa and neighboring islands.
The best thing about the island’s largest shop in Chabana is that you can buy items that conjure up the image of the tropics. Many shop products are handmade and include knickknacks made of seashells, island tsumugi wallets, and neckties. It also carries a wide range of food products made from moringa, increasing in popularity for its health benefits.
The ferry offers easy access between the islands. You can buy a ticket at a ticket agency on the island to get another ferry from Yoron Port to Okinawa or catch the outbound service to Okinoerabujima, Tokunoshima, or Amami Oshima. There is a lot more fun to be had on the sea voyage for enjoying the charms of the Amami Islands!