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Tokashiki Island
2021.11.11


She kept a running monologue about the beauty and amazingness of the tiny island that she called home and although I do not speak Japanese I could tell she spoke with pride and love. To be honest, I felt almost as if I were not in Japan but in some other Polynesian island more akin to one of the smaller Hawaiian islands. The topography, flora, fauna and atmosphere and nature of the citizens took me back to my visit to the Hawaiian islands more than a decade ago. 





Halfway to our destination, after a long circular drive up some roads that had been cut into the mountain side, she declared that she would stop and give us the opportunity to soak in one of the top sights on Tokashiki island. It was a brief stop with just one picturesque, postcard worthy shot but it was definitely something to see. 





A beautiful bay could be looked down upon from our vantage point in the mountains. It was perfectly surrounded by the flora that had been left behind after the roadworks on the mountains and looked like a sweetly sleeping baby coddled in a warm, cashmere blanket. It was worth the pit stop and made us excited to get down to the coast and submerge in the cool, clear, gentle waves below. 





Of the more than thirty islands in the Kerama Archipelago, Tokashiki is the largest. It is situated a sixty minute ferry ride from Naha. The island is hilly with sheer cliffs which descend down to the seas. In addition to clear, blue seas and white, sandy beaches, including the eight hundred-metre long Aharen Beach and Tokashiku Beach, there is the state-run Okinawa Youth Center, camping grounds, a forest park, log houses, and other facilities. Alas, so much to do but so little time. 





A short while later, we were driving through a tiny coastal area that had been developed for tourists. Restaurants, bars, water sport equipment shops and souvenir stands were all scattered around and awaiting business from eager visitors who wanted a memorable day at the beach and then later take a piece of memorabilia home with them to trigger their memories in the future or pass along as gifts to friends and family members who had not been as lucky as they had been to undertake such an adventure. She dropped us off at the designated area for people going to the beach and we made arrangements to be picked up in good time to catch the ferry back to Naha. 









Aharen Beach View





Date posted :
2021.11.11
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