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This Japanese Island Is A Tropical Paradise And I Had No Idea It Existed

Japan really is doing the most.

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Please excuse my ignorance, because I truly thought Japan was just all big cities, snowy mountains, and the occasional cherry blossom.

But it turns out that it's also home to beautiful tropical paradises like this?!

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Also now that I'm thinking about it... Japan's islands sit on the Pacific Rim. Of COURSE it has incredible beaches. Idk why I thought it was all frozen.

This is Ishigaki, a little island way south of the Japanese mainland, right near Taiwan.

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I had literally never heard of it, until I saw that it'd been voted number one Destination On The Rise by Trip Advisor users.

And, uh, it's pretty damn easy to see why.

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It's surrounded by coral reefs, so you can either go swimming and snorkelling, or admire the tropical fish from a glass-bottomed boat.

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Or just hang out on the beach, because look how incredibly white that sand is?!!!!!!

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And listen to this: The average high in summer is 31ºC and in winter it's 21ºC. Not too hot, not too cold – Goldilocks would love it.

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I know I live in Australia and I have a ton of these beaches near me... but I think I need to go to Ishigaki right now.

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