Yonaha-maehama beach becomes Japan’s best beach for the second consecutive year

March 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nine of Japan’s top ten beaches can be found in Okinawa, according to a recent ranking by the world’s largest travel website.

Miyako Island’s emerald green Yonaha-Maehama Beach was ranked Japan’s best beach for the second year running on Tripadvisor – a popular travel review site.

The website, which provides directory information and reviews of travel-related content by tourists, announced “the World’s Best Beach 2014” on March 19, the Japanese subsidiary of The website created the ranking based on comments and information posted on the website last year. Yonaha-maehama Beach on Miyako Island became the best beach in Japan for the second consecutive year. In the domestic ranking of the top ten, the website picked nine beaches from Okinawa. Yonaha-maehama Beach ranked 25th in the best beaches of Asia. The beach won the first place in the domestic ranking because of many positive reviews. The reviewers appreciated its emerald green sea and white beach.

Following Yonaha-maehama Beach, Kondoi Beach on Taketomi Island won the second place. The third place was awarded to Shirahama Beach in Wakayama Prefecture, which is the only place in the ranking elected from outside Okinawa. Okinawan beaches occupied the rest of the ranking: Nishi-hama Beach on Hateruma Island; Hate-no-hama Beach on Kume Island; Nirai Beach in Yomitan; Arashiro Coast on Miyako Island; Sunayama Beach on Miyako Island; Aharen Beach on Tokashiki Island; Okuma Beach in Kunigami.

The website determined the ranking by computing scores from the rating given by individual users and the number of reviews in total.

(English translation by T&CT and Lima Tokumori)

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