the sea

the beach

a couple running on the beach

Let’s drop by an isolated Island!

If you are thinking to yourself, “I’d love to go to an isolated Island, but don’t want to risk seasickness on a ship,” then I recommend Kourijima Island, easily accessible by car. Some of you may know it from the famous Japanese pop group “Arashi,” who had performed for a commercial. It takes about 1hour 20 minutes from Naha city, and can be accessed in 30 minutes from Nago city. The Island has many beautiful beaches along most of its coastline. If you can’t come up with anything to do while staying in Okinawa, it’s the best place to just chill out.

the beach

the bridge

Beautiful scenery is everywhere on the Island!

From mainland Okinawa, you will pass over the “Kouri-bridge.” It feels as if you’re running on the sea, because the scenery from the car window is so beautiful!
As soon as you get there, a beautiful beach will welcome you. This beach is called kouri-beach and is a great photo opportunity to catch the beach with the famous Kouri-bridge in the background.
You can park your car and get to the beach very quickly. However, it will be crowded on weekends, so it’s also nice to drive around the island and find a less, busy beach. The island is only 8km in circumference.

the heart-shaped rock

It’s better to come with your lover…

You’ll instantly see that there will be many couples on Kourijima, compared to other beaches in Okinawa. There are two big reasons. One is that, Kourijima is said to be the “Island of love”(恋島). According to the myth, a boy and girl came to this land from heaven and procreated, which later became the ancestors of Okinawa. At Chinuguhama beach near Kouri beach, there is a cave where they you used to live together. It’s just a simple cave that has nothing special, but if you visit with your lover, it will give you some meaning. Another reason is that, there’s a heart-shaped rock on Tiinu beach, located in the opposite side of Kouri beach. You might find it exaggerating to call it heart-shaped, but it might look more so, if you see it with your lover during a time of romance.

the sea

Choose a sunny day when visiting!

Kourijima is not a flat island because the center has a bit of a higher elevation, therefore you can view the entire sea from its center. Try to plan your visit with good weather in the forecast, because it’s not very beautiful on gloomy days. There are so many great places in Okinawa to visit and keeping a flexible schedule might bring more excitement when it comes to travelling around Okinawa.


330 Kouri Nakijin-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa Prefecture

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Kenichiro Asai

Kenichiro Asai


I’m a wanderer who suddenly found himself working as a writer. I normally teach junior high school students at a preparatory school.


Address 330 Kouri Nakijin-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa Pref.
Hours 10:00~20:00
Access 1h30min from Naha Airport by car. 1h20min from Naha-city by car. 30min from Nago-city by car. 30min from Churaumi Aquarium by car.
Phone 080-2055-4000