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Travel Guide

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

3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥6,327 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 14
This family-friendly Naha hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Tomari Port, Midorigaoka Park, and Sogenji Temple. Kokusai Dori and Fukushu-en ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,015 reviews)
"Pool was nice. Close to everything in Naha"

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

Green Rich Hotel Naha (Hotel & Cabin)
Green Rich Hotel Naha (Hotel & Cabin)
3 out of 5
2-15-1 Matsuyama, Naha, Okinawa
The price is ¥5,000 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tomari Port and Kokusai Dori. Naminoue Beach and Okinawa Prefectural Office are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (77 reviews)
"Located in the nightlife district of Naha. Newer, clean, quiet with a communal bath facility. Receptionists are friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

Green Rich Hotel Naha (Hotel & Cabin)
Hotel WBF Art Stay Naha Kokusai-dori
Hotel WBF Art Stay Naha Kokusai-dori
3 out of 5
1-3-43 Makishi, Naha, Okinawa-ken
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥6,327 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 14
Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kokusai Dori and Yogi Park. DFS Galleria Okinawa and Shurijo Castle are also within 3 mi (5 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (575 reviews)

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

Hotel WBF Art Stay Naha Kokusai-dori
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Reviews of Naha


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4/5 - Good

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Mar 13, 2020

Small city but there are many things to do

3/5 - Okay

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Feb 17, 2020

As a city, nothing that can surprise, not a place for spend more than one day, besides visiting beaches and islands

5/5 - Excellent


Jan 27, 2020

in winter, it’s not bad. not expensive for trip and warm weather

4/5 - Good

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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


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

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Dec 10, 2019


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