Cape Hedo

Visit the northernmost point on Okinawa Island

By Kim    - 2 min read

One of my favorite beaches in Japan is Okuma Beach, located on the northwestern coast of Okinawa. When my family and I have visited there, we've made the drive up to Cape Hedo, which is the northernmost point on the island. The cape offers some spectacular views of the surrounding waters and the unique rocky cliffs - it makes for a very picturesque scene.

There are a few interesting facts about the Cape to note when you visit, especially when you're appreciating the view. Firstly, the west side of the Cape faces the South China Sea, and the east side faces the Pacific Ocean - it's pretty neat being able to see two separate bodies of water. Secondly, if you visit on an exceptionally clear day, you can see all the way to another prefecture - well, part of it, at least! Yoron Island (Yoronjima) belongs to Kagoshima, and sits about 23 kilometers north of the Cape.

If you start feeling hungry on your visit, you'll find the Fushikubu Cafe located right by the parking area. As it's up on the second floor of the Cape Hedo Information Center building, you can enjoy the stunning scenery from up high as you dine. The menu options at the cafe include the likes of curry katsu, pizzas, tortilla wraps, and smoothies, alongside some sweets like daifuku (filled mochi) and packaged cakes. There is also free WiFi available, although with the stunning views to enjoy, you probably won't need it!

Getting there

Cape Hedo is located just under 30 minutes drive from Okuma Beach, around one hour from Nago City, or approximately two hours from Naha. Take National Route 58 to get there, and you'll find easy parking available on-site.

As public transport to the Cape requires multiple buses from Naha, some of which only operate a couple of times a day, driving is recommended.

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Kim @kim.b

I'm an expat who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures and hope to get to the last three someday! I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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Elena Lisina 3 months ago
Grand nature! I miss Japan so much! :((
Elena Lisina 3 months ago
Good! I can't even dream of that.
Bonson Lam 3 months ago
It is amazing to be able to see two separate bodies of water, how magnificent nature is. There are only a few places in the world when you can do that, like Cape Town - Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn (South America). Certainly can't do that in Australia, the Indian and Pacific Oceans are a continent apart. I can imagine dining into a Daifuku at the Fushikubu Cafe and taking it all in.
Bonson Lam 3 months ago
Me too, like a private Garden of Eden! Just you, and the sound the waves and trees swaying in the background. Like they are trying to talk to you.