Yomitan Village, Okinawa Japan

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Yomitan (読谷村) Okinawa, Japan is a vibrant village in the Central, West part of the main Okinawa Island. Sitting on the East China Sea Yomitan is about 28 km north of the Okinawa Capital, Naha. Yomitan is mainly an agricultural and crafts village with its economy supported by crops such as chrysanthemums (a symbol of Japan), sugar cane, and the beni imo (purple sweet potato).

Yomitan has a ancient and distinguished history that includes many important historical figures that played their part in the formation of the Ryukyu kingdom. This central Okinawa village also boasts rich cultural traditions that is strives to maintain in today’s modern world with places like Yomitan Pottery Village. Yomitan is famous for its Okinawan pottery and other hand crafts like textiles. A visit to Yomitan should almost guarantee that perfect Okinawa souvenir or take home treasure.

Close to Yomitan you can find some of the most pristine beaches in Okinawa like Cape Zampa and the Maeda flats, perfect places for a family outing or a quiet day at the beach. Yomitan also has U.S. military bases Torii Communication Station (Army) and Kadena Ammunition Storage Area (Air Force and Marine) located in the village but the presence of the military does not seem as predominate as some other places on Okinawa. 

Yomitan Access & Maps

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From Naha Airport:
Approx. 70 min. by car (via highway)

From Okinawa Expressway: Okinawa Minami I.C:
Approx. 30 min. by car (via highway)

 

 

Sightseeing & Activities in Yomitan

Murasaki Mura

Yomitan Village History and Folklore Museum

Yomitan Fishing Port (Toya port)

Zakimi castle (Zakimi-gusuku)

Pottery Village (Yachimun no Sato)

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Festivals & Events in Yomitan

Japanese Major League Baseball
spring training camp

The Yomitan Village Festival

Zampa ORCA Marathon Relay Race

Sanshin Day

Yomitan Village Youth Eisa Festival

Toya Port Festival

Yachimun Matsuri - Pottery Festival

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Beaches in Yomitan

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Zampa Beach
Zampa Beach, another top notch Okinawa beach destination for families looking to get in the water and escape some of the Okinawa heat especially in the summer season. This beach features soft sand, a roped-off swimming area, and calm waters....

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Maeda Flats
Maeda Flats beach is a great place for reef walking in Okinawa. This out-of-the-way beach is a favorite to explore because of the protected cove. There are no amenities at this beach, but the sand is soft and the water clear. Low tide reveals a beautiful reef which is home to many marine life...

 

 

 

   Central Okinawa Hotels & Accommodations

 Location  Rating  Hotel Name
 Ginowan  5 star Laguna Garden Hotel
 Okinawa  4 star EM Wellness Resort Costa Vista Okinawa Hotel and Spa
 Okinawa  4 star Tokyo Daiichi Hotel Okinawa Grand Mer Resort
 Yomitan  5 star Hotel Nikko Alivila
 Chatan  4 star The Beach Tower Okinawa
 Okinawa  3 star Crown Hotel
 Ishikawa  4 star Coco Garden Resort Okinawa
   
   

 

 

North Okinawa Tours

 JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Northern Okinawa Tour
On this tour visit many of the North Okinawa’s famous sites like Churaumi Aquarium ( the world's third largest aquarium), Ryukyu Mura where you can experience living history, and many more exciting places. Lunch included.
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JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Nakijin-jo Castle World Heritage Bus Tour
On this tour visit many of the North Okinawa’s famous sites like Cape Manza, Churaumi Aquarium ( the world's third largest aquarium), Nakijin-jo Castle, Nago Pineapple Park. Lunch included.
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JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Okinawa Marine Walk from Nago (Departs at 9:00 am)
Enjoy walking underwater through Okinawa's clear ocean by simply putting on a special helmet which draws air from the surface, you can breathe normally even while underwater and explore Okinawa's beautiful coral reefs.
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JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Okinawa Jet Skiing, Banana Boat & Super Mable Tour
Enjoy all 3 of these thrilling marine sports out on the open water. 
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Miyako Islands Hotels & Resorts

 Location  Rating  Hotel Name
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Hotel Atoll Emerald Miyakojima
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Miyakojima Tokyu Resort 
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Hotel Breeze Bay Marina 
 Miyako Is. 5 star hotel Shigira Bayside Suite ALLAMANDA