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Travel Guide

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

3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥6,482 per night from Apr 7 to Apr 8

This family-friendly Naha hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Tomari Port, Midorigaoka Park, and Sogenji Temple. Kokusai Dori and Fukushu-en ...

4.3/5Excellent! (998 reviews)

"the breakfast was very good, and the room was also pretty nice with a big bathtub."…"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2021

Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
The price is ¥40,680 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

This family-friendly Onna hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Busena Marine Park and Kariyushi Beach. Busena Beach and Kibogaoka Entrance ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (497 reviews)

"As an Expedia Gold member, the hotel gave me a room upgrade. The hotel was only 1 year old so it's good as new. The staff were accommodating and friendly. The concierge services was good. I enjoyed all the amenities especially the turndown service every night where they prepare hotel pajamas and ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2020

Halekulani Okinawa
Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa
Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
1-5 Kume 2 Chome, Naha, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥5,455 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Naha City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port. Shurijo Castle and Senaga Island are also within 6 mi (10 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,295 reviews)

"Very reasonable price at such a convenient location."…"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2020

Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Okinawa Ocean Front
Okinawa Ocean Front
3 out of 5
1-250 Miyagi, Chatan, Okinawa
The price is ¥5,818 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Situated on the boardwalk, this condo building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sunabe Seawall, American Village, and Sunset Beach. Chatan Park and Araha Beach are also ...

4/5Very Good! (210 reviews)

"Pros: Beautiful, spacious, comfortable apartment-style room. Netflix available on TV. (: Excellent ocean view, easy beach access. Friendly, helpful staff. Nice restaurants/bars nearby. Overall we were extremely happy! Cons: Even though our room was nice, the hotel in general is quite rundown. The ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2020

Okinawa Ocean Front
3.5 out of 5
1421-1 Yamakawa, Motobu, Okinawa
The price is ¥14,691 per night from Apr 5 to Apr 6

Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Okinawa Hanasaki Marche and Ocean Expo Memorial Park. Okinawa Churaumi ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (185 reviews)

"Lovely stay"…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

Hotel Sunset Hill
Hotel Sunset Hill
3.5 out of 5
1327-3 Nakadomari, Onna, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥17,124 per night from Mar 23 to Mar 24

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from PGM Golf Resort Okinawa and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Tiger Beach. Ryukyu Mura and Blue Cave are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (61 reviews)
Great seaview

"The hotel is extremely difficult to locate for me! The gps said turn right but it’s not possible as it’s not allow in reality! There was a sign board somewhere after u pass by the hotel, however, u will not notice during the night time! Having said that, the hotel has a supreme view view and it’s ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Hotel Sunset Hill
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Jan 9, 2020

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

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Oct 28, 2019

Very safe, beautiful, and interesting.

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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

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Jan 19, 2019


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