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Visit Naha

The capital city of Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture is full of fascinating markets and historic sites, such as the impeccably recreated Shuri Castle.

Naha is the charming capital city of Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture. With coastal views of the East China Sea, this city is one of the island’s economic, political and cultural hubs.

Shuri Castle is Naha’s biggest attraction. The compound was originally built as a palace for the Ryukyu Kingdom. During World War II, the castle and its tunnels served as a major command post of the Imperial Japanese forces until its destruction in the Battle of Okinawa. The entire castle was meticulously reconstructed based on historical records and photos.

Featuring several heritage attractions, Shuri Castle has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at the ornate beauty of Shureimon, one of Shuri Castle’s main gates. Explore the serene gardens of Shikinaen, a vacation villa for royals and dignitaries. See the faithful replica of the Bridge of Nations Bell, originally cast in 1458 to celebrate Ryukyu’s success in maritime trade.

Enjoy a day on the beach at Naminoue Beach. Swim, sunbathe, take a scuba diving lesson or go kiteboarding. Don’t miss the Naminouegu Shrine. Sitting high atop a bluff overlooking the beach, this Shinto shrine is the most iconic in the prefecture.

You can buy almost anything imaginable at Makishi Public Market. Nicknamed “the kitchen of Naha”, this area began as a black market after World War II and is now home to hundreds of shops. A vast diversity of produce is available for purchase, including local specialties like sea snake and island vegetables. Bring your fresh purchases to the 2nd floor to be cooked by traditional Japanese chefs.

Kokusai Dori is known as Naha’s “international road.” Stretching through the city, this street is home to a variety of shops and restaurants. After the sun goes down, it is the epicenter of Naha’s nightlife.

Naha Airport is Okinawa’s largest airport and a hub for domestic and international flights. From the airport, take the Okinawa Monorail to Naha and Shuri Castle.

Where to stay in Naha

Okinawa showing rainforest and a cascade

Naha City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(282 area reviews)

Get to know Naha City Centre and its many features like its parks and historic sites. You might want to explore sights like Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port, and you can jump on the metro at Miebashi Station or Kenchomae Station to get around the city.

Naha City Centre
Okinawa salt

Yamuchin Street

Travelers like the shopping in Yamuchin Street, and Kokusai Dori is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Yamuchin Street
Tsuboya Pottery Museum showing street scenes and a small town or village

Makishi

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Makishi is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Kokusai Dori and Makishi Public Market.

Makishi
Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum

Omoromachi

Travelers like the museums in Omoromachi, and Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Omoromachi
Shikinaen Garden which includes a bridge, heritage architecture and a pond

Shikina

Travelers like the parks in Shikina, and Shikinaen Garden is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Shikina
Okinawa ocean is always bright and clear. Locals say you can see 5 different shades of blue in the ocean on the best days!
#LifeAtExpedia #beach

Kumoji

Kumoji is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Kokusai Dori and Naha City Museum of History. See more of Naha by jumping on the metro at Kenchomae Station or Miebashi Station.

Kumoji

Top Hotels in Naha

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa
Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
1-5 Kume 2 Chome, Naha, Okinawa-ken
¥8,924
per night
Feb 3 - Feb 4

Located in Naha City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port. Shurijo Castle and Senaga Island are also within 6 mi (10 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,755 reviews)

"Good location, clean room and helpful staff. Complimentary coffee and biscuits available from 7.00am to 8.00pm in lounge at lobby."…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa
Loisir Hotel Naha
Loisir Hotel Naha
3.5 out of 5
3-2-1 Nishi, Naha, Okinawa-ken
¥7,636
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kokusai Dori and Naminoue Beach. DFS Galleria Okinawa and Shurijo Castle are also within 6 mi ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,606 reviews)

"It was a fabulously located close to Kokusai dori and all the staff had good Omotenashi spirit rooted in Japanese culture. We enjoyed walking to the Kokusai dori and bathing in the hot spring (kind of salty flavor😁) every day. Breakfast was included and with the variety of different foods offered, ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2020

Loisir Hotel Naha
APA Hotel Naha
APA Hotel Naha
3 out of 5
1-4-16,Matsuyama, Naha, Okinawa-ken
¥7,107
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port. Shurijo Castle and DFS Galleria Okinawa are also within 3 ...

3.6/5Good! (1,306 reviews)

"Location is good and hotel is acceptable for the price. Not all staff speak English and communication can be difficult. Overall value for money hotel"…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2020

APA Hotel Naha

Popular things to do in Naha

Kokusai Dori
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Kokusai Dori

4.5/5(137 reviews)

Naha’s lively main street is home to an array of superb restaurants, souvenir shops and galleries selling fine glassware. 

Shurijo Castle
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Shurijo Castle

4.5/5(138 reviews)

Take a tour of this lavishly decorated hilltop castle that was home to powerful Japanese kings for more than 400 years.

Tomari Port
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Tomari Port

4/5(52 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Naha with a trip to Tomari Port. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or visit the shops in this culturally-rich area.

Naminoue Beach
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Naminoue Beach

4/5(12 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Naminoue Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Naha. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum
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Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum

One of Japan’s most impressive museums is located within the confines of this colossal stone castle.

Okinawa Prefectural Office
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Okinawa Prefectural Office

After visiting Okinawa Prefectural Office, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Naha. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or visit the shops in this culturally-rich area.

Top activities in Naha

Unlimited Japan WiFi P/U Naha Airport + Mobile battery
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Unlimited Japan WiFi P/U Naha Airport + Mobile battery

¥431

Our WiFi hotspot uses the local carrier, providing you with fast and reliable internet where ever you travel in the county. This device can only be used in Japan A WiFi hotspot provides portable WiFi whenever you need it for your smartphone, PC and tablet device.

Unlimited 4G-LTE WiFi in Naha Airport + FREE Power Bank
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Unlimited 4G-LTE WiFi in Naha Airport + FREE Power Bank

¥432

Use this unlimited pocket WiFi router across Japan. The router provides 4G/LTE high-speed data connection that can connect up to 10 devices. Pick-up and return available at Naha Airport Baggage Storage counter located in the international terminal .

Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Busena Marine Park
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Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Busena Marine Park

¥6,000

Unlock the charms of Okinawa during a full-day sightseeing tour to some of the island's most popular sights. The ideal tour for ocean-lovers, this excursion makes stops at Kouri Island, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and Busena Marine Park to peer beneath the surface of the sea.

Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Nago Pineapple Park
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Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Nago Pineapple Park

¥6,000

Make the most of your stay in Okinawa during a sightseeing tour that leads you to a selection of the tropical island's top sites. Tune in to an audio-guide offered in multiple languages while cruising to idyllic destinations like Nago Pineapple Park, Kouri Island, and the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Dai Sekirinzan Park
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Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Dai Sekirinzan Park

¥6,000

Fall head over heels for Okinawa during a sightseeing tour that covers the best of the prefecture in a single day. Nature aficionados rejoice during this tour that includes a scenic stop at Cape Hedo, a gentle trek through Dai Sekirinzan Park, and admission to Okinawa's world-class aquarium.

Okinawa Half-day Private Custom Tour with National Licensed Guide
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Okinawa Half-day Private Custom Tour with National Licensed Guide

¥4,071

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Shurijo Castle, 1 Chome-2 Shurikinjocho, Naha, Okinawa 903-0815, Japan IMPORTANT NOTICE: The main buildings of Shuri Castle were destroyed by fire in the night of October 31, 2019.

Reviews of Naha

4.4

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 1, 2020

Although it’s been cloudy or rainy over the journey, the view is excellent and people are just warm enough.

5/5 - Excellent

Charlie

Dec 27, 2019

Would love to visit again. The atmosphere is very pleasant. The people seem very relaxed and easygoing. Air quality is fantastic and ocean water very nice and clear.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 10, 2019

It’s

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 27, 2019

The city is clean and safe. Access to the monorail made travel very easy.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 24, 2019

Naha was close to the airport, tour services and shopping. Monorail was nice to use. Note: you cannot use ICOCA or SUICA cards. Make sure you have cash/coins for train and bus fares. Smaller bill best for the buses - no larger than 1,000 Yen.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 9, 2019

a surprisingly fun city with good vides and diverse options of things to do and place to see.

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