Need a quick dip while in Naha? This is the only beach you can swim at while in the main city of Okinawa.
Naminoue Beach isn’t exactly what springs to mind when you think of the pristine beaches of Okinawa. Located in Naha, the prefecture’s largest city, it has one rather distinctive feature that sets it apart: a highway running straight across the sea directly in front of it.
Whilst certainly unusual, this particular quirk doesn’t detract from the beach’s appeal, and it’s a popular spot with both locals and foreign visitors. It’s the only beach within Naha where you can swim, making it ideal for those staying nearby or on a short stopover in the city.
Despite the beach’s proximity to the highway, both the sand and the sea are very clean. The shallow, sheltered waters are suitable for swimmers of all ages and abilities because the current isn’t too strong. You might even spot people snorkelling!
Conveniently located within walking distance of Kokusai Dori, Naha Fukushuen and many of the city’s other attractions, Naminoue Beach is the perfect place to take a break during a busy day of sightseeing. Changing rooms, toilets and paid showers are available, and there are also some small shops right on the seafront.
Perched on a low cliff just above the beach is Naminoue Shrine (known as “the shrine above the waves”). As the primary Shinto shrine in Okinawa, it’s well worth a visit while you’re in the area, particularly during the Nanmin Festival in May.
Admission to the beach is free. From April to October you can rent items such as deck chairs and parasols, as well as enjoy barbecue facilities.