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

Naha City Centre
Okinawa showing rainforest and a cascade

Naha City Centre

Known for UNESCO Site, Diving, Culture

4.5/5(251 reviews)

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.

Goya
Goya, Okinawa, Japan

Goya

Known for Islands, Shopping

5/5(1 review)

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

Yogi
I woke up and went to the balcony saw this!
trover photo by Andy Cao

Yogi

Known for Friendly People, Small Town, Shopping

4/5(13 reviews)

Uncover some of the top draws of Yogi like its shopping and seaside views. If you're hoping to see more of the larger area, make a stop by Aeon Mall Rycom or Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park.

Yamuchin Street
Okinawa salt
trover photo by Jay Sheen

Yamuchin Street

Known for Culture, Shopping, Islands

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

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

Makishi

Known for Shopping, Natural Parks, Culture

4.5/5(3 reviews)

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

Hamagawa
Oldest bridge on Okinawa!
trover photo by John McJunkin V

Hamagawa

Known for Islands

4/5(5 reviews)

Though Hamagawa might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like American Village and Kadena Air Base.

Top Hotels in Okinawa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
¥7,297
per night
Nov 21 - Nov 22

Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tomari Port and Kokusai Dori. Midorigaoka Park and Sogenji Temple are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (796 reviews)

"Stay on the executive floor. ALL THE DRINKS INCLUDED!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2019

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
Mercure Okinawa Naha
Mercure Okinawa Naha
3.5 out of 5
3 3 19 Tsubogawa, Naha, Okinawa-ken
¥8,182
per night
Nov 21 - Nov 22

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

4.2/5Very Good! (3,313 reviews)

"Location was good. Near the train station, and you'll find a FamilyMart next door (which is very convenient). However, WiFi can be very slow at times (particularly at night)"…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Mercure Okinawa Naha
Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa
Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa
3.5 out of 5
9-22 Mihama, Chatan Cho, Nakagami-gun, Chatan, Okinawa-ken
¥9,193
per night
Nov 20 - Nov 21

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! (3,004 reviews)

"Great location in American Village and right next to the public beach. The hotel is very clean and the staff are friendly. The breakfast is GREAT! A lot to choose from to satisfy everyone's taste. But The bed's are hard - which is great if you like a hard bed. The pool costs extra - $10 per day In-room ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2019

Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa

Popular things to do in Okinawa

Kokusai Dori
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Kokusai Dori

4.5/5(122 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(75 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

4.5/5(112 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(128 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(61 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(46 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

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

¥434

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.

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

¥5,500

Experience Okinawa like never before during a sightseeing tour to attractions like Sefa Utaki, 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.

Unlimited WiFi Router Hotspot Naha (Okinawa) Airport 4G LTE
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Unlimited WiFi Router Hotspot Naha (Okinawa) Airport 4G LTE

¥2,332

Use this unlimited WiFi pocket router across Japan. The router has 4G LTE speed and can be used as a portable hotspot that can connect up to 10 devices. Pick-up available at Naha Airport, Domestic Terminal Access 4G LTE WiFi across Japan with this pocket router that connects to the Softbank Network.

Reviews of Okinawa

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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

沖縄市は、位置的に沖縄県内どこに行くにも、いい場所で、退屈はしません。

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