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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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Mercure Okinawa Naha ¥8,182
Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019
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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

    Location is great Property is well kept Breakfast was great but virtually same for ten days....

    HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF ¥6,913
    Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019
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    HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF

    HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF

    Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
       
      4.3 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Great value for money. Their installations are new, clean and pleasing. We also enjoyed their amazing rooftop pool. It was cool.

      Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa ¥15,300
      Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019
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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

        Amazing location and super relaxing resort.

        APA Hotel Naha ¥5,372
        Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019
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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

          It’s was clean and the staff was helpful , I enjoyed my stay here. This is highly recommendable place to stay

          Southern Beach Hotel & Resort OKINAWA ¥7,769
          Reviewed on Oct 1, 2019
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          Southern Beach Hotel & Resort OKINAWA

          Southern Beach Hotel & Resort OKINAWA

          1-6-1 Nishizaki, Itoman, Okinawa
             
            4.3 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This is a hidden gem! The property has almost a private beach. Super quiet. It’s a bit hard to get around if you don’t have a car. Staffs were so professional and welcoming. Breakfast buffet was also delicious!

            Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay ¥8,502
            Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019
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            Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay

            Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay

            1496 Tancha, Kunigami, Onna, Okinawa-ken
               
              4.3 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Awesome place especially for family. The private beach is super close and the view is breathtaking.

              Rihga Royal Gran Okinawa ¥11,240
              Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019
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              Rihga Royal Gran Okinawa

              Rihga Royal Gran Okinawa

              1-9 Asahimachi, Naha, Okinawa-ken
                 
                4.6 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                All the stuff were so friendly and helpful. One things I didn’t like was WiFi . It wasn’t great in my room. This property is connect with convenience store, bus terminal and monorail. That was awesome.

                Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa ¥8,926
                Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019
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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

                  Run for about 3-5 minutes at Asahibashi Station. Reasonable price with clean and tidy room. Room is big, Breakfast was nice.

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