Route21

 Outer islands

 

Okinawa’s outer islands are home to some of the best beach destinations in the country, confirmed by TripAdviser’s Travelers’ Choice Awards 2014 for the top 10 beaches in Japan. Okinawa has some 60 islands of varying size, of which about 40 are inhabited. With each one of the outlying islands boasting its own traditions and culture, Okinawa offers as many attractions as its number of islands. Some of the islands have tourist facilities, while other don’t even have signs in English and simply offer the opportunity to get in touch with unspoiled nature. In addition, there are many dialects spoken, almost one per island. Visitors can enjoy a variety of regional dishes on different islands, too.