Okinawa awaits: its castle, parks, beaches, and more!

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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Shopping, Castles and Culture

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Where to stay in Okinawa

Naha City Centre
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Naha City Centre

UNESCO Site, Diving, Culture

Get to know Naha City Centre and its many features like its parks and historic sites. You might want to explore sights like Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port, and you can jump on the metro at Miebashi Station or Kenchomae Station to get around the city.

Omoromachi
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Omoromachi

Islands, Museums

Travelers like the museums in Omoromachi, and Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Makishi
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Makishi

Shopping, Natural Parks, Culture

Makishi is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Kokusai Dori and Makishi Public Market.

Mihama
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Mihama

While visiting Mihama, you might make a stop by sights like American Village and Sunset Beach.

Top Hotels in Okinawa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay
4 out of 5
1496 Tancha, Kunigami, Onna, Okinawa-ken
¥11,263/night
Sep 8 - Sep 9
4.3/5Excellent! (5,017 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Onna resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tiger Beach and Nakadomari Site. Iha Castle Ruins and Ryukyu Mura are also within 6 mi (10 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (5,017 reviews)

"Our room was dated, OLD CARPET, BAD SMELL. Dust everywhere. The beach, pool and stores inside the hotel are great"…"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2019

Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay
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APA Hotel Naha
3 out of 5
1-4-16,Matsuyama, Naha, Okinawa-ken
¥5,471/night
Aug 25 - Aug 26
3.6/5Good! (1,146 reviews)

Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port. Shurijo Castle and DFS Galleria Okinawa are also within 3 ...

3.6/5Good! (1,146 reviews)

"Has a public bath at the second floor. Convenient location."…"

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

APA Hotel Naha
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Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
4 out of 5
1108 Serakaki Onnason, Onna, Okinawa
¥25,200/night
Sep 11 - Sep 12
4.7/5Exceptional! (397 reviews)

Located in Onna, this beachfront hotel is in a regional park, 1.8 mi (3 km) from Cape Manza, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kise Country Club and Ryukyu Mura. Blue ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (397 reviews)

"Of all the hotel I stayed around the world. This is simply the best."…"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa

Popular things to do in Okinawa

Kokusai Dori
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Kokusai Dori

Naha’s lively main street is home to an array of superb restaurants, souvenir shops and galleries selling fine glassware. 

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Marvel at huge whale sharks in one of the world’s largest aquariums at this marine center that recreates the aquatic environment of Okinawa’s waters.

American Village
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American Village

This American-style mall offers a huge selection of shopping and entertainment options as well as one of the biggest amusement parks on Okinawa. 

Shurijo Castle
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Shurijo Castle

Take a tour of this lavishly decorated hilltop castle that was home to powerful Japanese kings for more than 400 years.

Okinawa World
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Okinawa World

Discover one of the most spectacular natural landscapes on Okinawa and get close to deadly snakes at this diverse theme park.

Tomari Port
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Tomari Port

Explore the waterfront in Naha with a trip to Tomari Port. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or visit the shops in this culturally-rich area.

Top activities in Okinawa

Okinawa: Churaumi Aquarium & Pineapple Park
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Okinawa: Churaumi Aquarium & Pineapple Park

¥4,900

Journey to some of Okinawa main island's best attractions as you see the world's largest fish at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, learn fun facts about pineapples at Nago Pineapple Park, and buy yourself treats at Okashi Goten, a shop specialized in Beni-imo sweet potato and other original sweets.

Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Nago Pineapple Park
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Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Nago Pineapple Park

¥6,000

Make the most of your stay in Okinawa during a sightseeing tour that leads you to a selection of the tropical island's top sites. Tune in to an audio-guide offered in multiple languages while cruising to idyllic destinations like Nago Pineapple Park, Kouri Island, and the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Busena Marine Park
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Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Busena Marine Park

¥6,000

Unlock the charms of Okinawa during a full-day sightseeing tour to some of the island's most popular sights. The ideal tour for ocean-lovers, this excursion makes stops at Kouri Island, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and Busena Marine Park to peer beneath the surface of the sea.

Unlimited WiFi in Japan pick up at Naha Airport
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Unlimited WiFi in Japan pick up at Naha Airport

¥423

Our WiFi hotspot uses the local carrier, providing you with fast and reliable internet where ever you travel in the county. This device can only be used in Japan A WiFi hotspot provides portable WiFi whenever you need it for your smartphone, PC and tablet device.

Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Dai Sekirinzan Park
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Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Dai Sekirinzan Park

¥6,000

Fall head over heels for Okinawa during a sightseeing tour that covers the best of the prefecture in a single day. Nature aficionados rejoice during this tour that includes a scenic stop at Cape Hedo, a gentle trek through Dai Sekirinzan Park, and admission to Okinawa's world-class aquarium.

Sightseeing Bus Tour with Shuri Castle, Okinawa World & Kingdom Village
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Sightseeing Bus Tour with Shuri Castle, Okinawa World & Kingdom Village

¥5,500

Experience Okinawa like never before during a sightseeing tour to attractions like Shuri Castle, Okinawa World, and the Ryukyu Glass Village. Soak up Okinawa's flavor and see the best of the island destination in a single day, tuning in to an audio-guide to complement your adventures.

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Cultural immersion in Okinawa

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Get outdoors in Okinawa

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