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Okinawa

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. 


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Halekulani Okinawa ¥40,680
Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020
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Halekulani Okinawa

Halekulani Okinawa

1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
     
    4.7 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    The concierge service is greatly helpful. Special thanks to Kazu san who has been very helpful and caring. We had a memorable stay at the hotel.

    Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa ¥18,700
    Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020
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    Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa

    Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa

    1108 Serakaki Onnason, Onna, Okinawa
       
      4.7 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Best hotel stay ever!

      APA Hotel Naha ¥4,545
      Reviewed on Jan 9, 2020
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      APA Hotel Naha

      APA Hotel Naha

      1-4-16,Matsuyama, Naha, Okinawa-ken
         
        3.6 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Location is good and hotel is acceptable for the price. Not all staff speak English and communication can be difficult. Overall value for money hotel

        Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa ¥7,033
        Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020
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        Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa

        Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa

        9-22 Mihama, Chatan Cho, Nakagami-gun, Chatan, Okinawa-ken
           
          4.5 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Only set back was shuttle bus service to the Naha airport. Earliest shuttle was 0929, and not realizing before hand that the shuttle was going to make stops at other hotels to pick up more passengers put us in a rush at the airport to catch our flight.

          Tokyu Stay Okinawa Naha ¥6,800
          Reviewed on Mar 28, 2020
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          Tokyu Stay Okinawa Naha

          Tokyu Stay Okinawa Naha

          3-2-1 Tsubokawa, Naha, Okinawa
             
            4.7 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            洗面器の栓が閉まっており水が溜まって汚かった

            Hotel Lantana Naha Kokusai-Dori ¥4,551
            Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020
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            Hotel Lantana Naha Kokusai-Dori

            Hotel Lantana Naha Kokusai-Dori

            2-8-1 Matsuo, Naha, Okinawa
               
              4.4 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nice place. Ideal location in the centre of Naha. Would stay again.

              Mercure Okinawa Naha ¥6,727
              Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020
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              Mercure Okinawa Naha

              Mercure Okinawa Naha

              3 3 19 Tsubogawa, Naha, Okinawa-ken
                 
                4.2 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Breakfast was nice and staff were very kind and friendly.

                Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa ¥6,613
                Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020
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                Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa

                Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa

                1-5 Kume 2 Chome, Naha, Okinawa-ken
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Very convenient location, short drive to the airport.

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