Okinawa Island

Travel Guide
Busena Marine Park showing general coastal views

Recharge on stunning white beaches, walk around historic castles and visit one of the world’s largest aquariums on this tropical island in the south of Japan.

Okinawa is a rare tropical paradise that mixes a beach-going culture with a preservation of the past. Try exciting watersport, tan on white-sand beaches, watch whale sharks gliding in an aquarium or visit a castle that once protected the archipelago’s rulers.

Okinawa is the main island of the Okinawa Prefecture, an archipelago of 160 islands south of mainland Japan. Its main access point is Naha, a busy urban sprawl that also serves as the region’s capital. Find shopping, food and crowds along Kokusai-Dori, Naha’s main street. While here, taste Okinawan soba, a soup-noodle dish famous to the area.

Not far from town, the hilltop Shuri Castle reminds visitors of the island’s ancient history. Take a short drive south from Naha to the Peace Memorial Park, where monuments pay tribute to the quarter of a million American and Japanese civilians and soldiers who died here in World War II. It was one of the Pacific’s most fierce battles.

To the north, the Ocean Expo Park gives visitors the chance to learn about the archipelago’s marine life. See whale sharks cruising alongside tropical fish at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, home to one of the world’s biggest fish tanks. Nearby attractions such as a re-creation of a 17th-century Okinawan village and a botanical garden boasting more than 2,000 orchids make northern Okinawa a satisfying daytrip destination.

The island features miles of popular and less-crowded beaches that are a great to visit throughout summer. The best swimming months are between April and October. Scuba dive amongst rock formations at Mission Beach or enjoy views from the lighthouse at Cape Zanpa.

Not far from the coast, walk to the Hiji Waterfall or traverse stunning pineapple fields in Nago Pineapple Park. Follow subterranean streams of photograph stalactites at Gyokusendo Cave.

Fly into Reach Okinawa’s Naha Airport from Japan or China. Get around the city by bus. Alternatively, rent a car (or moped) to travel further afield. Tours can be booked through Naha’s travel agencies.

Where to stay in Okinawa Island

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 ¥6,560 per night from Nov 10 to Nov 10
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 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,007 reviews)
"More staff required to clean common area to reduce the amount of trash left behind by hotel guest, specially during this pandemic. Example someone left the face mask in the pool area which blew into the pool."

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2021

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
The price is ¥44,071 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 24
This family-friendly Onna hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Okinawakaigan Quasi-National Park, Kariyushi Beach, and Kibogaoka Entrance ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (822 reviews)
"Beautiful location and well maintained hotel. Staff is extremely attentive and helpful. Will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

Halekulani Okinawa
Hotel Monterey Okinawa Spa & Resort
Hotel Monterey Okinawa Spa & Resort
4 out of 5
1550-1 Fuchaku, Onna, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥14,578 per night from Nov 23 to Nov 23
Nestled on the beach, this Onna hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tiger Beach and Okinawakaigan Quasi-National Park. Moon Beach and PGM Golf Resort Okinawa ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (987 reviews)
"Nice ocean view"

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2021

Hotel Monterey Okinawa Spa & Resort
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.
Seaside Condominium Rana Chatan
Seaside Condominium Rana Chatan
3 out of 5
36 Ihei, Chatan, Okinawa
The price is ¥6,175 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Situated on the waterfront, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of American Village and Sunset Beach. Araha Beach and Kadena Air Base are also within ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (201 reviews)
"The family condominium was very good"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Seaside Condominium Rana Chatan
Hotel Sunset Hill
Hotel Sunset Hill
3.5 out of 5
1327-3 Nakadomari, Onna, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥9,669 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Tiger Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ryukyu Mura and PGM Golf Resort Okinawa. Blue Cave and Nabee ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (79 reviews)
Great seaview
"The hotel is extremely difficult to locate for me! The gps said turn right but it’s not possible as it’s not allow in reality! There was a sign board somewhere after u pass by the hotel, however, u will not notice during the night time! Having said that, the hotel has a supreme view view and it’s ..."

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Hotel Sunset Hill
SmartCondo Tomari
SmartCondo Tomari
3 out of 5
2-1-9 Tomari, Naha
The price is ¥7,282 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 24
Located in Naha City Centre, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Tomari Port, Kokusai Dori, and Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum. Shurijo ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (57 reviews)
"It was a pleasure to stay in SmartCondo. Everything works great. The room is clean and spacious, the amenities (washing/drying machines and kitchenette etc.) are really helpful during my two-week stay. The view from the balcony can see the port and it was so beautiful. Transportation is also very ..."

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

SmartCondo Tomari
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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