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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 which includes a park

Naha City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(259 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
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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 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!
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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
Mercure Okinawa Naha
Mercure Okinawa Naha
3.5 out of 5
3 3 19 Tsubogawa, Naha, Okinawa-ken
¥8,182
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

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

4.2/5Very Good! (3,353 reviews)

"I like: Excellent location with the monorail station a few meters away. It’s a new hotel with a car rental service and daily parking fee was reasonable. Very helpful and friendly front desk staff. Could be better: To have a bigger room so my husband and I can open our suitcases at the same time. ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

Mercure Okinawa Naha
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
¥7,187
per night
Jan 9 - Jan 10

Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tomari Port and Kokusai Dori. Midorigaoka Park and Sogenji Temple are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (827 reviews)

"Its clean and tidying. It is not close to the main shopping area but its walkable within 10 minutes. And there are lot parking spaces nearby the hotel."…"

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
APA Hotel Naha
APA Hotel Naha
3 out of 5
1-4-16,Matsuyama, Naha, Okinawa-ken
¥5,318
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

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! (1,255 reviews)

"The property is well-located, a short(ish) walk in clear weather"…"

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

APA Hotel Naha

Popular things to do in Naha

Kokusai Dori
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Kokusai Dori

4.5/5(127 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(130 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(50 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(11 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

¥437

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.

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.

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.

Taste of Okinawa Cooking Experience and Historic Market Tour
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Taste of Okinawa Cooking Experience and Historic Market Tour

¥7,311

The food market tour and class take approximately 3 hours. On the food market tour at the Naha Public Market located nearby, you will learn about locally grown products and select ingredients that will be used in the cooking class.

Reviews of Naha

4.5

Top Destination

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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.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 3, 2019

Naha is fine for dining and shopping. But you have to leave Naha to see Okinawa. We made a one day boat trip to Kerama islands and rented a car for 3 days and explored Okinawa island, which was perfect.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 30, 2019

Naha reminded me of old Honolulu/Waikiki. Not too sophisticated yet with lots to offer. The Okinawa Museum and Art Museum is fascinating. We only went to the history side of the museum. Kids would love the aquarium north of the city.

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