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.

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

Hotel Cocktail Stay Naha
Hotel Cocktail Stay Naha
Matsuyama 1-29-7, Naha, Okinawa, 900-0032
The price is ¥6,109 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 29
Stay at this hotel in Naha. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (222 reviews)
"Fine"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

Hotel Cocktail Stay Naha
Hotel AQUA CITTA Naha
Hotel AQUA CITTA Naha
3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha, 900-0016
The price is ¥8,040 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 29
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly hotel in Naha. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (985 reviews)
"The room itself was nice and clean, the view of the top floor was beautiful and the staff very nice but I wish the rooms themselves come with more Utilities such as a mircowave, fresh set of batteries for the remote control and etc, but very nice hotel overall!"

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

Hotel AQUA CITTA Naha
Okinawa Harborview Hotel
Okinawa Harborview Hotel
4 out of 5
2-46, Izumizaki, Naha, Okinawa, 900-0021
The price is ¥8,685 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 30
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Naha. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (465 reviews)
"relaxed. thank you so much for the upgrade of the room. front staff was very nice to me. I enjoyed my stay here overall."

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Okinawa Harborview Hotel
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Hotel Tomas Asahibashi Station
Hotel Tomas Asahibashi Station
3 out of 5
Higashimachi, 8-6, Naha, Okinawa, 900-0034
The price is ¥8,164 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 29
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Naha. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and an in-room washer/dryer. Popular attractions Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port are located ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (14 reviews)
"It is convenient for people who use buses as the main mean of transport because it is close to Naha bus terminal."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

Hotel Tomas Asahibashi Station
Hotel Urbansea 2 Matsuo
Hotel Urbansea 2 Matsuo
3 out of 5
2-8-45 Matsuo, Naha, Okinawa, 900-0013
The price is ¥9,982 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 29
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Naha. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Kokusai Dori and Tomari ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (22 reviews)
"前回も利用させて頂きましたが 立地もよく 室内も清潔 飲み歩きも最高だし、他の利用者にも合わずにチェックアウトも楽で良いです。 また利用したいと思います。"

Reviewed on May 18, 2022

Hotel Urbansea 2 Matsuo
Condominio Makishi Annesso
Condominio Makishi Annesso
3 out of 5
Makishi 2-7-2-2, Naha, Okinawa, 900-0013
The price is ¥8,255 per night from Jul 2 to Jul 3
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly condo in Naha. Enjoy free WiFi, an in-room DVD player, and bicycle rentals on site. Our guests praise the convenient parking ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (121 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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