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Address: Uehara, Yaeyama-gun 907-1541 , Okinawa Prefecture
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Beautiful Beach and Sea

I came here around Christmas time and, unfortunately, it had been rainy or cloudy days during our stay in Iriomote. Even in such bad conditions, the beach was beautiful for its... read more

Reviewed 26 December 2015
YacchanAmarone
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Singapore, Singapore

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Stockholm, Sweden
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27 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In Hoshizuna beach, Iriomote, the sand is made by star-shaped sandcorns. This is something unique. But there is in fact one more beach with the same incredible sand structure in Taketomi, another island not far away. One can learn that these star-shaped small things are fossils of some of the first forms of life populating the earth. You must be... More 

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Thank Teresa V
Tampa, Florida
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24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Hoshisuna is a nice beach. It is a nice place to snorkel and relax some. I imagine if you go out pretty far you could see some really nice activity. However, I would recommend taking a trip to funuaki for some snorkeling.

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Thank leelee98
Oslo, Norway
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Beatiful place, well worth a visit. The sand really is star-shaped, and there's some lovely coral. Great icecream (and all kinds of snorkling gear) can be bought at the restaurant of Pension Hoshinosuna (very close to the beach).

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Thank Pirividite
Southport, United Kingdom
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571 reviews
543 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

Grab a snorkel, mask and if you have one, a GoPro and enjoy the marvellous sights underwater. Just make sure you don't stand on the coral, like a lot of oblivious tourists were doing when I was there.

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1 Thank PsychoSavager
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
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196 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped by planning to snorkel and it was low tide. I also forgot my water shoes which are a must for this beach. It looks like there are great places to snorkel, but not equipped this visit. Did not see any star sand except at the stand in the parking lot. Restroom and cafe at the top of the hill... More 

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Thank Ruggerlynn
Middelburg, The Netherlands
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115 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016

I found this place not far from my hotel. The typical rock formations and views make it worth while to visit this place. It is in my opinion not a great place for snorkeling though. There a some hotels and restaurants nearby so you can spend a whole day if you want. Great place for families to enjoy a day... More 

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Thank PetervanderGiessen
Tokyo, Japan
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29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2016

It's a beautiful beach and a beautiful view, that's for sure. It is worth a look. Swimming is nice, although there is very little to see for snorkeling. There is a run down restaurant which we often go to for ice cream (the Shiiquasa Sherbet is the best!) when it's open.

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1 Thank Janine N
Singapore, Singapore
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1,528 reviews
493 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 448 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2015

I came here around Christmas time and, unfortunately, it had been rainy or cloudy days during our stay in Iriomote. Even in such bad conditions, the beach was beautiful for its clear water and very small island in front the beach. When I had been here before, the water was very clear and I enjoyed snorkeling for half of the... More 

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Thank YacchanAmarone
London, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2015

The star sand shaped isanectodical since it istiny as shown in pictures from other reviewers so do not expect big as you might be disappointed. Nice feature though. By the beach there is a small bar/hotel/ restaurant perfect for an Orion beer. It is rundown so would not expect much in terms of food and rooms given the maintenance of... More 

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Thank marcdegueurce2013
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2014

Hoshisuna beach is a 10 minutes car drive car from Uehara port in Iriomote, which can be reached in a 40 minutes ferry trip from Ishigaki. It's famous for its star shaped sand, but unless you bring a microscope the attraction of this is very limited. In contrast, definitely worth the visit is the setting: The offshore rock formations form... More 

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