During October 2014, we escaped to enjoy some more sunshine before the onslaught of Tokyo winter.
We flew to gorgeous Miyakojima in the Okinawa prefecture. Having been born & brought up in Australia - I have to admit I am a bit of a beach snob & unfortunately beaches in Tokyo & surrounding areas do tend to disappoint.
However this little gem of an island, did not - shimmering shades of clear turquoise blue waters, soft clean sand & virtually deserted beach banks made for a refreshing escape away from the hustle & bustle of city life.
Miyakojima escapes the tourist entrapment that Naha (Okinawa's main island) has, especially in October (the best temperature period to visit, and not during Japanese peak season). You can still see remnants of its heyday back in the Japanese bubble era with faded candy coloured buildings between traditional japanese houses & tobacco grass fields.
The island also has some of the best diving to be found in Japan (unfortunately I can't dive - horrible sinuses) which my other half was able to enjoy, whilst I relaxed on the beach.
Exploring the island was divine, we rented bicycles and cycled to town and to the adjoining island Kurimajima (accessible by bridges). Unfortunately we did not have time to cycle to the other adjoining Ikemajima as it was on the uppermost tip of Miyakojima while we were down near the bottom.
You can take the girl out of Aussie but you can never take the Aussie out of the girl.
Though I absolutely love wearing pretty dresses, donning a pair of gorgeous heels, living in the hustle & bustle of the city … the sunshine, the ocean, surrounded by nature is where I feel alive - I will always be an Australian girl at heart.
Photos: iPhone 5