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NahaJapan

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!(302 area reviews)

The parks and historic sites are just a few things visitors like about Naha City Centre. Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Miebashi Station or Kenchomae Station to get around the larger area.

Naha City Centre
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 salt

Yamuchin Street

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

Yamuchin Street
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 popular for its popular shops. Explore top sights like Kokusai Dori and Naha City Museum of History, and you can get around town on the metro at Kenchomae Station.

Kumoji
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
What a wonderful day!

Maejima

Though Maejima might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port.

Maejima

Top Hotels in Naha

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
APA Hotel Naha
APA Hotel Naha
3 out of 5
1-4-16,Matsuyama, Naha, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥4,132 per night

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! (1,444 reviews)

"Very nice and polite check in, the lady was a trainee but I didn’t feel so"…"

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2020

APA Hotel Naha
Mercure Okinawa Naha
Mercure Okinawa Naha
3.5 out of 5
3 3 19 Tsubogawa, Naha, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥7,091 per night

Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Okino-gu Shrine and Kokusai Dori. Tomari Port and DFS Galleria Okinawa are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,119 reviews)

"Good location, very easy to access monorail station. Very clean, but it smells like hospital(maybe because THE VIRUS measure)"…"

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2020

Mercure Okinawa Naha
Novotel Okinawa Naha
Novotel Okinawa Naha
4.5 out of 5
40 Matsukawa, Naha, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥8,182 per night

Located in Matsugawa, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, Ryutan Site, and Kokusai Dori. Shurijo Castle and DFS Galleria ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,105 reviews)

"Although a bit pricey, the buffet was good."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Novotel Okinawa Naha

Popular places to visit in Naha

Kokusai Dori
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Kokusai Dori

4.5/5(139 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(139 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(55 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. Wander the parks and marina while you're in the area.

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 things to do in Naha

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

100% of travellers recommend
¥432
Per adult
Japanese Food tour in Okinawa
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Japanese Food tour in Okinawa

¥16,500
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in Okinawa
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Vacation Photographer in Okinawa

¥26,883
Per adult

Reviews of Naha

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 53.39366515837104%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 34.841628959276015%
3 - Okay
25
3 - Okay 11.312217194570136%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.45248868778280543%
1 - Terrible
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

Small city but there are many things to do

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

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

MU

Jan 27, 2020

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

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

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