Skip To Content

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

    Japan really is doing the most.

    Right now it’s important to stay home and practice social distancing. We hope you’ll find our content entertaining, inspiring, or useful for a future trip.

    If I showed you a photo of this beautiful island, where would you guess it is? Hawaii? The Caribbean? Maybe Australia?

    Jen_n82 / Getty Images

    Surely this is some tropical oasis like Bora Bora or an African island, right?

    Tororo / Getty Images

    That's what I thought. But nope, this is IN JAPAN??????

    Paylessimages / Getty Images

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

    Earthscapeimagegraphy / Getty Images, Juergen Sack / Getty Images

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

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

    Samspicer / Getty Images

    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.

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

    Tororo / Getty Images

    Deserted tropical beach with clear water of a coral reef lagoon, Ishigaki Island National Park of the Yaeyama Islands, Okinawa, Japan

    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.

    Takosan / Getty Images

    When: 27/Oct/2012

    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.

    See ya!

    Ca-ssis / Getty Images

    Sign Up For The Bring Me! Newsletter!

    The latest travel tips, off-the-beaten-path experiences, and inspiration delivered to your inbox.

    Newsletter signup form