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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Nature

Aka Island (Akajima) 阿嘉島

## A tiny island surrounded by clear blue waters and secluded beaches

Aka Island is the smallest of the three main islands that make up the Kerama Islands, but its beaches and diving spots are exceptional.

The clear waters, magical coral reefs, and abundant sea life make it a snorkeler's paradise.

Don't Miss

  • Nishibama Beach, the best beach on the island
  • The statue of Shiro the dog on Nishibama Beach
  • The bridge to Geruma Island and Fukaji Island

How to Get There

The island is accessible by high-speed ferry and car ferry.

High-speed ferries leave from Tomari Port in Naha to Aka once or twice a day, taking approximately 50 minutes. There is also a car ferry leaving once a day and taking 90 minutes. From Zamami Island, there's also a ferry to Aka departing four times a day, taking 15 minutes.

Explore Aka's crown jewel

There are excellent beaches all around the coast of Aka Island, but the jewel in the crown is Nishibama Beach and its magnificent one-kilometer stretch of sand. It is an excellent place for swimming in the shallows, relaxing in the crystal-clear water, and exploring the wonderful coral reef.

The beach is a 30-minute walk from the port. There's no reliable public transportation, but you can rent bicycles, cars, or scooters to get around the island.

Bridge between the islands

Check out the bridge from Aka Island, which takes you to Geruma Island and Fukaji Island. These islands see fewer tourists, but they also have some fine beaches that are worth exploring if you want to find a more secluded spot.

A tale of two love dogs

Keep an eye out for the statue of a dog staring out to sea on Nishibama Beach. This is Shiro, a dog that befriended a female dog called Marilyn on the island of Zamami back in the 1980s.

According to the islanders, Shiro would swim the three kilometers between the islands every day to see his sweetheart.

Marilyn died in 1987, but the story lives on, thanks to Marilyn Ni Itai (I Want To See Marilyn), a movie made about the two love dogs the following year.

There is a statue of Marilyn looking toward Nishibama Beach on Zamami Island.

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