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Visit 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.

Where to stay in Okinawa

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Naha City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(282 area 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.

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)

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.

Yogi
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
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

Top Hotels in Okinawa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
4 out of 5
1108 Serakaki Onnason, Onna, Okinawa
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥12,000
per night
Jan 30 - Jan 31

Located in Onna, this beachfront hotel is in a regional park, 1.8 mi (3 km) from Cape Manza, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Kise Country Club and Ryukyu Mura. Blue ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (612 reviews)

"Looks like a great place to be in summertime. Unfortunately during the winter time alot of things are closed (pools outdoor hottubs etc) not sure why they wouldn't keep the outdoor hotubs operating during winter time."…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay
Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay
4 out of 5
1496 Tancha, Kunigami, Onna, Okinawa-ken
¥8,446
per night
Jan 23 - Jan 24

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! (5,382 reviews)

"The facilities are good, many choices of restaurant in the hotel; spacious and comfort room, it will be great if do the cleaning and pest control properly. The customer service is excellent, beautiful sea view from our room, was enjoyed to stay here."…"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay
Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa
Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
1-5 Kume 2 Chome, Naha, Okinawa-ken
¥8,924
per night
Feb 3 - Feb 4

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,750 reviews)

"The property was in a great location. Room was very comfortable and clean."…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa

Popular things to do in Okinawa

Kokusai Dori
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Kokusai Dori

4.5/5(137 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(86 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(130 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(138 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(75 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(52 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

Unlimited Japan WiFi P/U Naha Airport + Mobile battery
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Unlimited Japan WiFi P/U Naha Airport + Mobile battery

¥431

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.

Unlimited 4G-LTE WiFi in Naha Airport + FREE Power Bank
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Unlimited 4G-LTE WiFi in Naha Airport + FREE Power Bank

¥432

Use this unlimited pocket WiFi router across Japan. The router provides 4G/LTE high-speed data connection that can connect up to 10 devices. Pick-up and return available at Naha Airport Baggage Storage counter located in the international terminal .

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.

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 & 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.

Okinawa Half-day Private Custom Tour with National Licensed Guide
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Okinawa Half-day Private Custom Tour with National Licensed Guide

¥4,071

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Shurijo Castle, 1 Chome-2 Shurikinjocho, Naha, Okinawa 903-0815, Japan IMPORTANT NOTICE: The main buildings of Shuri Castle were destroyed by fire in the night of October 31, 2019.

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

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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