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OkinawaJapan

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

Okinawa showing rainforest and a cascade

Naha City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(301 area reviews)

The parks and historic sites are just a few things visitors like about Naha City Centre. Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Miebashi Station or Kenchomae Station to get around the larger area.

Naha City Centre
Goya, Okinawa, Japan

Goya

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Travelers like the shopping in Goya, and Okinawa Zoo is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Goya
I woke up and went to the balcony saw this!

Yogi

4/5Very Good!(14 area reviews)

Shopping and seaside views are some things travelers note about Yogi. Check out Aeon Mall Rycom or Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park while you're familiarizing yourself with the larger area.

Yogi
Tsuboya Pottery Museum showing street scenes and a small town or village

Makishi

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

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

Makishi
Unten, Nakijin, Japan

Unten

3/5(2 area reviews)

Unten is well-liked for its beaches. If you'd like to do some sightseeing in the greater Nakijin area, you might plan a trip to Kouri Beach or Kouri Ocean Tower.

Unten
Okinawa salt

Yamuchin Street

Travelers like the shopping in Yamuchin Street, and Kokusai Dori is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Yamuchin Street

Top Hotels in Okinawa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
¥40,680
per night
Apr 15 - Apr 16

This family-friendly Onna hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kibogaoka Entrance Mae Beach and Kariyushi Beach. Busena Beach and Mission Beach ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (190 reviews)

"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."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Halekulani Okinawa
Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa
Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa
3.5 out of 5
9-22 Mihama, Chatan Cho, Nakagami-gun, Chatan, Okinawa-ken
¥7,033
per night
Apr 11 - Apr 12

Located in Mihama, this hotel is steps from Depot Island, American Village, and Sunset Beach. American Depot and Terme Villa Churayu are also within 10 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,213 reviews)

"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."…"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa
APA Hotel Naha
APA Hotel Naha
3 out of 5
1-4-16,Matsuyama, Naha, Okinawa-ken
¥4,545
per night
Apr 12 - Apr 13

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! (1,408 reviews)

"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"…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2020

APA Hotel Naha

Popular things to do in Okinawa

Kokusai Dori
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Kokusai Dori

4.5/5(139 reviews)

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

4.5/5(88 reviews)

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

4/5(135 reviews)

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

4.5/5(139 reviews)

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

4.5/5(79 reviews)

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

4/5(55 reviews)

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

Bus Tour with Sefa Utaki, Okinawa World & Kingdom Village
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Bus Tour with Sefa Utaki, Okinawa World & Kingdom Village

74% of travellers recommend
¥5,500
Per adult
Okinawa South Bus Tour
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Okinawa South Bus Tour

¥4,890
Per adult
Okinawa Glass Bottom Boat Tour
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Okinawa Glass Bottom Boat Tour

¥3,334
Per adult
Okinawa MOBY DICK Dinner Cruise
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Okinawa MOBY DICK Dinner Cruise

¥2,556
Per adult
Okinawa Custom City Tour [Private Guide + Transport]
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Okinawa Custom City Tour [Private Guide + Transport]

¥110,589
Per adult
Okinawa Blue Cave Snorkeling Ticket
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Okinawa Blue Cave Snorkeling Ticket

¥5,002
Per adult

Reviews of Okinawa

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

T.F.

Jan 9, 2020

It is like a mix of Okinawa and U.S. culture.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 28, 2019

Very safe, beautiful, and interesting.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 8, 2019

The cultural architectural features on the homea and businesses was incredible. Just the details everywhere you went. It was beautiful and I'm already planning my next trip to go again

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2019

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Cities in Okinawa

Shurijo Castle showing night scenes, chateau or palace and a square or plaza

Naha

Nago showing food

Nago

Ryukyu Mura featuring heritage architecture

Onna

Nirai Beach showing a hotel and a coastal town

Yomitan

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