Hanashiro Beach in Yaese Town and Agu Soba at Nangoku-Tei, a restaurant specializing in Agu pig

A native Okinawan, born and raised in Okinawa, will introduce you to various beaches in Okinawa while showing you underwater videos.

The beach introduced here is Hanashiro Beach in Yaese Town. And here are some agu soba (buckwheat noodles) from Nangoku-Tei, a restaurant specializing in agu pig, which grows its own agu pig on its own farm. If you would like to start with the agu soba, please start at 17:16.

Hanashiro Beach is a well-known beach known only to local Uchinanchu living in the local Yaese town. It is a powerful beach where the natural Okinawan sea remains intact.

It was low tide that day, and the tidal currents inside and outside the reef were small and calm. The front part of the beach is quite shallow, so even small children (2 to 3 years old) can safely play in the ocean.

The inside of the reef is also teeming with coral and tropical fish. At low tide, there is no current and the water is shallow, so even beginners can safely enjoy the Okinawan sea if they wear a life jacket.

In addition, there are many tide pools on the beach, making it a great place to play on the shore. However, the rocks are quite sharp, so beach shoes are recommended over sandals.

At the edge of the reef is a steep cliff that gets deeper and deeper at once. There are many coral reefs and various fish swimming around, and you can feel the richness of Okinawa’s natural sea. Please take a look at the powerful Okinawan sea.

Furthermore, today’s ocean lunch is agu soba from Nangoku-Tei, a restaurant specializing in agu pig. The characteristic of Agu pork is its tender, melt-in-your-mouth fatty meat, and the delicious broth made from light pork bones and bonito stock was superb. There are many other dishes using Agu pork, such as Agu cutlet set menus and Agu burgers. Click below to visit Nangoku-Tei’s website.


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  • Address : 901-0513 Hanashiro, Yaese town, Okinawa Japan
  • Parking : free parking
  • Good season : From the beginning of June to the end of September is recommended
  • Depth : 0.5m~4m (It depends on places and the flow of the tide)
  • Toilet : There is a free toilet in the parking lot
  • Shower : There is a 100 yen hot water showers in the toilet
The toilet and shower at Hanashiro beach

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Notes on swimming at Hanashiro Beach

The Hanashiro beach is not a dangerous beach, but it is still a natural beach so there are notes I want to let you know in order to enjoy the sea of Okinawa safely. In order to enjoy the sea of Okinawa safely, please pay attention to the following points.

1. Let's prepare exercise

Feeling rises in the sea of Okinawa, you suddenly swim and your legs stick. Not only does this hurt, you feel quite dented. In order not to do so, let's get into the sea by doing a preparatory movement properly.

2. Attention to sunburn

The sunlight in Okinawa is quite amazing. The amount of ultraviolet rays is about ten times that of Japan main island! Swimming for 1 or 2 hours will pretty get sunburned. You can not prevent sunblocks alone. You can not be relieved even in a cloudy sky. As you are swimming, you are wet in the water, so you do not notice the burning on the sun. So I'd recommend swimming in clothes like Rush guards. It is stretchy and easy to move, it is perfect for swimming in the sea as it dries quickly. It also serves to prevent scratches. A woman makes it difficult to see the body line.

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3. Attention to scratches and cuts by coral

Hanashiro beach is a natural beach, so coral reefs and rocks are natural as it is. Moreover, the rock was exposed at low tide, very slippery,So your walking and swimming may cause injuries such as scratches or cuts. Especially because the feet are easy to get hurt, I recommend you to wear Marine shoes and swim. Marine shoes are the best because sandals will take off. Since you can buy it at around 1,000 yen, please prepare for injury prevention.

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4. If not good at swimming and children should wear life jackets

The sea has high tide and low tide, depending on the time, the water depth is different even in the same place. At low tide, the water depth may be 1 m or less, but 2 m or more at high tide. Even at low tide, there are places where your legs can not reach depending on the location. Even floating bags are okay, but Life jackets are the best to swim with tropical fish with underwater glasses on. When you are wearing a life jacket, it is safe and secure as it will not sink.

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5. If you want to shoot underwater videos with smartphones, there are items like this

The underwater videos introduced on this page were taken with a smartphone. I shot a normal smartphone with a Waterproof case. If you have a waterproof case like the picture below, everyone can easily shoot underwater videos. Because it can be used in the sea or in the pool, it is perfect for the summer leisure! However, in the water, the touch panel of the smartphone can not be used at all. This can not be helped. . . . As a precaution, you had better use waterproof tests with tissue before use.

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6. Attention to the flow of the tide

The sea repeats high tide from low tide to low tide from high tide at roughly 12 hour cycle. In the case of low tide from high tide the tide draws, so the water depth gradually becomes shallow. Just as seawater draws, it flows in a direction away from the coast. At high tide from low tide is the reverse flow. Tide forecast.com is good. The link destination is Naha's data, but the time of the tide level does not change so much depending on the location, so you recommend you check in advance.

7. If you want to know more about the beautiful beaches of Okinawa, these books are recommended

I introduce the books that I actualy bought as reference. As for "Okinawa beach great 505", I often admire that he has studied only this much, and many beaches of Okinawa are introduced with photos. "Okinawa Snorkeling Guide" is featured 50 points carefully selected for beginners to enjoy. I also want to swim all seas. I will do my best to make it possible.

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Please be careful, safe and enjoy the Okinawa beach.