The must-see-before-you-die views of Yurigahama are just a ferry ride away

Yoron Island is famous for the Yurigahama sandbank, which appears for a few hours at low tide. AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES
Yoron Island is famous for the Yurigahama sandbank, which appears for a few hours at low tide. AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES

The must-see-before-you-die views of Yurigahama are just a ferry ride away

by Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

Yoron Island, a part of the Amami archipelago of Kagoshima prefecture, is a slice of Greece just two hours by ferry from Motobu Port in northern Okinawa.

Many buildings on Yoron are painted in the iconic blue and white reminiscent of the Greek island of Mykonos. In fact, Yoron and Mykonos have been sister cities since 1984.

Yoron, population about 5,000, is but 14 miles from Okinawa. The island is famous for the Yurigahama sandbank, which appears for a few hours at low tide and lasts only until the tide rises again.

The phenomenon occurs around a new moon or full moon, when the tide is lower than usual.

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