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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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Hotel Mahaina Wellness Resort Okinawa ¥10,665
Hotel Mahaina Wellness Resort Okinawa

Hotel Mahaina Wellness Resort Okinawa

1456, Yamakawa, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 1,816 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Situated near the boardwalk, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Motobu Genki Village. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Emerald Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay ¥9,355
    Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay

    Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay

    1496 Tancha, Kunigami, Onna, Okinawa-ken
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 4,643 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Nestled on the beach, this Onna resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tiger Beach and Nakadomari Site. Iha Castle Ruins and Bios no Oka Nature Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Novotel Okinawa Naha ¥9,259
      Novotel Okinawa Naha

      Novotel Okinawa Naha

      40 Matsukawa, Naha, Okinawa-ken
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 236 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Matsugawa, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ryutan Site, Shurijo Castle, and Kokusai Dori. DFS Galleria Okinawa and Naminoue Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km). Shiritsubyoinmae Station is 16 minutes by foot and Omoromachi Station is 18 minutes.

        Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa ¥11,448
        Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa

        Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa

        1490-1 Kise, Nago, Okinawa-ken
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 1,141 reviews
          4.5 out of 5.0

          This family-friendly Nago hotel is located near the beach, 1 mi (1.6 km) from Busena Marine Park, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mission Beach and Nago City Hall. Cape Manza and Neo Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Sheraton OKINAWA SUNMARINA RESORT ¥14,364
          Sheraton OKINAWA SUNMARINA RESORT

          Sheraton OKINAWA SUNMARINA RESORT

          66-1 Fuchaku, Onna, Okinawa-ken
             
            4.3
            of 5, from 1,619 reviews
            4.5 out of 5.0

            Located in Fuchaku, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Tiger Beach and PGM Golf Resort Okinawa. Nakadomari Site is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

            Southern Beach Hotel & Resort OKINAWA ¥8,754
            Southern Beach Hotel & Resort OKINAWA

            Southern Beach Hotel & Resort OKINAWA

            1-6-1 Nishizaki, Itoman, Okinawa
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 1,167 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Offering direct access to the beach, this Itoman resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bibi Beach, Okinawa Outlet Mall Ashibinaa, and Toyosaki Chura Sun Beach. Ryukyu Glass Graft and Umikaji Terrace Senagajima are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort ¥16,660
              Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort

              Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort

              40-1 Mihama, Chatan, Okinawa-ken
                 
                4.6
                of 5, from 1,539 reviews
                4.5 out of 5.0

                This family-friendly Chatan hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Mihama American Village and Sunset Beach. Kadena Air Base is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.

                Centurion Hotel and Resort Vintage Okinawa Churaumi ¥8,893
                Centurion Hotel and Resort Vintage Okinawa Churaumi

                Centurion Hotel and Resort Vintage Okinawa Churaumi

                938, Ishikawa, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
                   
                  4.0
                  of 5, from 989 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Tropical Dream Center and Native Okinawan Village and Omoro Arboretum are also within 10 minutes.

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