Akemashite Omodetou (Happy New Year)!

It’s Andres, from Boutique Japan.

This month’s postcard comes from the subtropical Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa, Japan.

When most people think “beach holidays” and “Asia,” Japan is not the first place that comes to mind. Yet Japan is home to one of Asia’s loveliest subtropical destinations, the beautiful Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa.

The whole Okinawan archipelago is full of gorgeous little islands, but for one of the most unique experiences Japan has to offer, the remote Yaeyama Islands have no equal.

Geographically closer to Taiwan and mainland Asia than to mainland Japan, the Yaeyama Islands feature not only picturesque beaches and nature (including jungles), but a rich Ryukyu heritage and culture.

There’s a reason famous travel writer (and longtime Japan resident) Pico Iyer refers to them as An Island Paradise That Rivals the Caribbean!

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Happy New Year!


Andres Zuleta
Founder, Boutique Japan

“I cannot recommend Boutique Japan highly enough! My partner and I travelled to Japan for two weeks in April 2014, during the height of the cherry blossom season. I am very grateful to Andres and Christina for going the extra mile to help us in a very short timeframe. They are knowledgeable, responsive, thorough and a pleasure to work with. Thank you!” – James & Oscar, London

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