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

Okinawa Kariyushi Resort Exes Onna
Okinawa Kariyushi Resort Exes Onna
5 out of 5
2592-40 Yashibaru Nakama Onna Kunigami, Onna, Okinawa-ken, 904-0401
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥13,175 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Onna. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (966 reviews)
"Very nice hotel stay"

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2022

Okinawa Kariyushi Resort Exes Onna
Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture, 904-0401
The price is ¥40,680 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Onna. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. Popular ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,120 reviews)
"ハワイを感じれる最高のホテル"

Reviewed on May 7, 2022

Halekulani Okinawa
Hotel Monterey Okinawa Spa & Resort
Hotel Monterey Okinawa Spa & Resort
4 out of 5
1550-1 Fuchaku, Onna, Okinawa-ken, 9040413
The price is ¥14,328 per night from Jun 8 to Jun 9
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Onna. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 outdoor pools, and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (975 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel and resort. Views are stunning and the beach was great! All in all, a great holiday! Extras are paid for and quite expensive (including indoor pool). The hotel lacks lunch and dinner options for families. There is very little in walking distance of resort so you are reliant on staying ..."

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2022

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.
Snow ball Condominium
Snow ball Condominium
3 out of 5
77 Yaka, Kin, Okinawa, 904-1203
The price is ¥5,000 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 3-star beach condo in Kin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (85 reviews)
"The property was amazing with everything that you need. The only thing that we struggled with was that the rented car navigator could not find the property location hence it took us quite a long time to find the place and got quite worried. Luckily I found it at the end as check in time is limited ..."

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018

Snow ball Condominium
Okinawa City Hotel
Okinawa City Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1-8-12 Goya, Okinawa, Okinawa, 904-0021
The price is ¥5,101 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this apartment in Okinawa. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Kadena Air Base and American Village are located nearby. Discover ...
3.8/5 Good! (23 reviews)
"Great"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Okinawa City Hotel
SmartCondo Tomari
SmartCondo Tomari
3 out of 5
2-1-9 Tomari, Naha, 9000012
The price is ¥7,183 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 17
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly condo in Naha. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the WiFi and the spacious rooms in our ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (74 reviews)
"Nice location close to airport. Lucked out and was able to reserve one of two on-site parking stalls - well worth it with the pet and PCS move luggage. Room doors are self locking so it is easy to get locked out of your room and staff are not on site 24/7 so be aware. My only issue was the NOISY ..."

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2022

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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