Silversea Luxury Cruises To Miyako-jima

Miyako-jima

The Miyako Group of the Ryukyu Islands consists of 8 islands centering around the core island named Miyakojima. Miyako-jima has a long history with a distinct culture influenced from many different places in Asia, as it is also only 400 km east of Taipei, Taiwan. The Miyako language, one of several Ryukyul languages, is still spoken in the island and there are many unique festivals and rituals that happen annually. Miyako-jima is well known for its beautiful clear ocean and untouched nature. View more

 It lacks any major hills or mountains and is mostly covered by sugar cane fields and a few towns, among which Hirara is the largest with a moderate range of restaurants and bars. Resort hotels and pensions are found across the island. Unlike other parts of Okinawa, Miyako is free of habu snakes. The coastline differs in each area on the island, combining rich nature, white beaches, transparent waters and coral reefs. Miyako Islands offer exquisite sightseeing spots like the magnificent Maehama Beach, Higashi-Hennazaki which is counted among Japan’s one hundred most beautiful views, the bridges to Ikema and Kurima Islands and more. Enjoy your slow-paced travel around Miyako Islands and feel the warm welcome as if you were part of the island people.

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Excursions in Miyako-jima

Northern Miyako Nature

Embrace the stunning beauty of North Miyako during this splendid nature outing. Your half-day excursion features panoramic vistas from the Ikema Bridge Observatory, a tour and tasting at the Yuki-shio Factory, tropical fish and marine life at Miyako-jima Park, and a scenic stroll at the Shimajiri Mangrove Forest.

Eastern Miyako & Shochu

Indulge your senses with the scenic splendour, culture and flavours of eastern Miyako-jima during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Higashi Henna Zaki (East Hanna Cape)

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive to Higashi Henna Zaki, one of Miyako-jima's most exquisite viewpoints. Also referred to as the 'East Hanna Cape', Higashi Henna Zaki is actually a sandbank that projects a long way into the sea. Upon arrival, marvel at the beautiful contrast between the green, grassy land and deep blue sea.


Lunch and Seasky Hakuai

Next, proceed for a Japanese lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, re-board your coach and head to Seasky Hakuai. Upon arrival, embark a submarine-like, glass-bottom boat. Walk downstairs in the boat to observe beautiful coral and tropical fish through the thick glass.


Taragawa Shochu Brewery and Utopia Farm

Leaving Seasky Hakuai, your tour continues with a visit to the Taragawa Shochu Brewery. Okinawa's 'shochu' is also known as 'awamori'. During your guided tour, observe the awamori-making process, then participate in an awamori tasting. Your last stop is at the Utopia Farm. This botanical garden is filled with tropical flowers that include varieties of hibiscus, bougainvillea and many others, along with the highlight, mango soft cream.

At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 930 yards (about 850 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 11 steps at Seasky Hakuai and 30 steps at the Taragawa Shochu Brewery. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages.

Irabu Island & Miyako Culture

Experience the splendid natural beauty and traditions of Miyako-jima City and its environs during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Makiyama Observatory

Depart the pier for the short drive northwest to Irabu Island, which is accessible via a long bridge offering spectacular panoramic vistas of your surroundings. Upon arrival on Irabu Island, head to the Makiyama Observatory, perched on the highest point of Irabu Island. From this vantage point, you can see the bridge and other islands dotting the idyllic ocean. Following your visit, re-board your coach and continue on to Tori-ike, or 'Tori Pond'.


Tori Pond and Lunch

The Tori Pond consists of twin saltwater ponds that are filled with vibrant pools of shimmering blue seawater, and joined by an underwater limestone cavern. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll along the path to observe this unique natural attraction. Leaving Tori Pond, proceed for a Japanese lunch at a local restaurant.


Maehama Beach and Traditional Craft Centre

After lunch, re-board your coach and drive back to the main island of Miyako-jima for a relaxing respite at Maehama Beach. The most beautiful beach on the island, Maehama is a long beach featuring soft white sand, crystal-clear water and blue skies. Your last stop is at the Miyako-jima City Traditional Craft Centre. Upon arrival, observe how Miyako Jofu, an extremely thin, delicate and high-quality cloth, is made. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about 0.95 kilometres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 72 steps at the Makiyama Observatory. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Guests must remove their shoes at the Miyako-jima City Traditional Craft Centre.

Eastern Miyako Nature

Indulge your senses with the scenic splendour, culture and flavours of eastern Miyako-jima during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Higashi Henna Zaki (East Hanna Cape)

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive to Higashi Henna Zaki, one of Miyako-jima's most exquisite viewpoints. Also referred to as the 'East Hanna Cape', Higashi Henna Zaki is actually a sandbank that projects a long way into the sea. Upon arrival, marvel at the beautiful contrast between the green, grassy land and deep blue sea.


Utopia Farm

Leaving Seasky Hakuai, your last stop is at the Utopia Farm. This botanical garden is filled with tropical flowers that include varieties of hibiscus, bougainvillea and many others, along with the highlight, mango soft cream.

At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 930 yards (about 850 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 11 steps at Seasky Hakuai. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship.