Naha

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Okinawa showing a beach and swimming as well as a large group of people

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 NaHaNa Hotel & Spa
Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
1-5 Kume 2 Chome, Naha, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥4,958 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,257 reviews)
"i love this property and always choose it because of upgrade program for Expedia frequent users."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa
Nest Hotel Naha Kumoji
Nest Hotel Naha Kumoji
3 out of 5
2-22-1, Kumoji, Naha, Okinawa
Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tomari Port and Kokusai Dori. Naminoue Beach and Aeon Naha Shopping Center are also within ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (197 reviews)
"Very nice location and close to many restaurants. Paid parking is just behind the building. The staff was accommodation of our additional late check out with no charge. I’ll be booking a room here again in the future!"

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Nest Hotel Naha Kumoji
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
The price is ¥6,311 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
This family-friendly Naha hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Tomari Port, Midorigaoka Park, and Sogenji Temple. Fukushu-en Garden ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,006 reviews)
"This hotel is very good and we definitely enjoyed the swimming pool on the 10th floor. The breakfast is delicious. Maybe the room is small but it’s quite nice and clean."

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Mr.KINJO in ASAHIBASHIEKIMAE
Mr.KINJO in ASAHIBASHIEKIMAE
3 out of 5
1-13-29 Izumisaki, Naha, Okinawa
The price is ¥3,977 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Naha City Centre, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palette Kumoji, Kokusai Dori, and Tomari Port. Naminoue Beach and Aeon Naha Shopping Center ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (157 reviews)
"It was a very nice property and lively one, very near to the naha bus terminal and asahibashi station. Loved the stay"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2021

Mr.KINJO in ASAHIBASHIEKIMAE
Condominio Makishi
Condominio Makishi
3 out of 5
3-9-22, Makishi, Naha, Okinawa
The price is ¥4,218 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Located in Naha City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kokusai Street Food Village and Kokusai Dori. Tomari Port and Naminoue Beach are also ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (123 reviews)
"Service is really good..... clean... very convenient. The setback is that there is no carpark n the nearby carparks are very expensive"

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2019

Condominio Makishi
Condominio Makishi Annesso
Condominio Makishi Annesso
3 out of 5
Makishi 2-7-2-2, Naha, Okinawa
The price is ¥4,218 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Naha City Centre, this condo building is steps from Kokusai Dori and Makishi Park. Naha Tourist Information Center and Tenbusu Naha are also within ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (114 reviews)
"The washing machine and dryer in the room was really awesome and helpful as well as the contactless check in and check out system. I found the room a bit dusty especially behind the wood panels with lights on the wall though."

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2021

Condominio Makishi Annesso
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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