A Superb View of Miyakojima! The Ikema Ohashi Bridge and the Sea can be seen Beautifully Drive Spot

After enjoying snorkeling on Ikema Island, I visited a rest spot at the foot of Ikema Ohashi Bridge on my way back to the main island of Miyako Island. The view of Miyako blue sea from there was absolutely beautiful!


The tamoto of Ikema Ohashi Bridge, a rest area with a toilet

This time we stopped at Ikema Ohashi Bridge which connects Miyakojima and Ikema Island, and the rest station on the Miyakojima side.

If you go from the direction of Miyakojima, after crossing the short bridge “Sedōbashi” in front of Ikema Ohashi Bridge and walk for about 100 m, you will see a parking lot on your right.

池間大橋の麓にある展望所の駐車場

I think the capacity was about 10. There is also a toilet, so it might be perfect for a break while driving (However, it has not been confirmed whether it is clean or not …).

The water is so clear!

池間大橋の麓にある展望所から見渡す海

The sea you can see from here is beautiful! Miyako blue as far as the eye can see! The bright light blue sea continues forever.

池間大橋の麓にある展望所の水の透明度

And the transparency of the water is amazing! I thought I could drink that.

池間大橋の麓にある展望所から見える大神島

What you see in the distance is “Omi Island”. It’s a small island with a population of dozens, but there’s a regular boat service as well, so I’m thinking of going there next time. There are a lot of coral reefs around …, so maybe I can find the best snorkeling point.

池間大橋の麓にある展望所の駐車スペースに前向きに停める

There are 2 parking spaces on the side facing the sea, so if you park your car facing forward, you can see Miyako blue from the cool car. I took a nap here for about 30 minutes!

No swimming?

池間大橋の麓にある展望所から見る池間大橋

You can see Ikema Ohashi Bridge from this rest area. Ikema Ohashi Bridge is the oldest of the 3 bridges connecting Miyakojima and remote islands, but it was opened in 1992. Actually, it’s only recently that it became so convenient.

池間大橋の麓にある展望所の注意書き

There was a sign with a notice next to it. Other than the beach sand collection ban, it says that this is not a beach, but it doesn’t say “NO SWIMMING”. The use of the beach implies that “at one’s own risk”.

池間大橋の麓にある展望所では泳げない

It’s such a beautiful ocean and there is a toilet in the parking lot, so I think it’s worth using if you can swim. It can’t be helped because there may be reasons such as that safety cannot be ensured.

There are restaurants on the Ikema Island side.

On the other hand, there is also a rest area on the Ikema Island side of Ikema Ohashi Bridge, which is larger than here, and there is also a shop called “Kaimiiru” which has souvenirs and restaurants, where you can eat Miyako soba.

海美来(かいみーる)の店舗

The building has 3 floors, and the top floor has an observation space where you can see Miyako blue.

海美来(かいみーる)のお土産

I also visited here for lunch during the break, but at that time a large bus with a group of people from China was stopped, and as expected, the restaurant was full …。

海美来(かいみーる)の宮古そば

I wanted to eat Miyako soba and turban shell grilled for 500 yen.

The beautiful Miyako blue is worth seeing!

池間大橋の袂にある休憩・展望所

That’s why it is a resting and observation spot at the foot of Ikema Ohashi. There are no commercial facilities on the Miyakojima side, but it was a spot where you can see the breathtaking light blue sea. It is located in the northern outskirts of Miyakojima, and it is a place that you can hardly come to if you have nothing to do, but I think it is worth visiting to see it.

For more information on the beautiful ocean view of Miyakojima, please read the article below.

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