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

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

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

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

    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?!

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

    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?!!!!!!

    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.

    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!