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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

Top Hotels in Okinawa

Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
The price is ¥31,273 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

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! (448 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
The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa
The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa
5 out of 5
1343 - 1 Kise, Nago, Okinawa-ken
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This family-friendly Nago hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kariyushi Beach and Busena Marine Park. Mission Beach and Cape Manza are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (693 reviews)
Calamity and comfort in Northern Okinawa

"Excellent property with great facilities and services. Spa was excellent. And everything sits in calming trees and ocean view."…"

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2020

The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa
3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
The price is ¥3,858 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

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

4.3/5Excellent! (1,024 reviews)

"Booked 2 twin rooms. Their rooms weren’t spacious, their laundry dryers had washed dusts, and one of our room’s air conditioning wasn’t working good, but nevertheless, everything else were perfect. Everyday room service, (towels, bathrobes, etc) friendly staff, amazing interiors. I just wish they ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2020

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.

Vacation Rentals in Okinawa

Emi Full Resort
Emi Full Resort
3 out of 5
Kuwae 130-1 Nakagami-Gun, Chatan, Okinawa
The price is ¥2,795 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in the heart of Chatan, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of American Village and US Naval Hospital Okinawa. Depot Island and Sunset ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (141 reviews)

"I stayed at this apartment Complex for approximately 4 nights. Overall my stay was comfortable. It’s an apartment (not a hotel), suitable if you plan on cooking your meals etc., and you require No service. The location is ideal if you’re going to Chatan’s American Village - walking distance, so there ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Emi Full Resort
rob cond
rob cond
3 out of 5
3-16-53, Uebaru, Naha, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥1,906 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Aeon Naha Shopping Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kokusai Dori and Naha Air Base. ...

4/5Very Good! (152 reviews)

"Cozy stay with very friendly staff and clean room. Just 5 mins walk from the station and 10 mins to the airport with taxi. Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2019

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Wisteria Condominium Resort
Wisteria Condominium Resort
3 out of 5
Yamakawa 973, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥5,717 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Nestled on the beach, this Motobu apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Emerald Beach and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (503 reviews)
Amazing view! Best bang for your buck!

"Amazing view of the ocean and arboretum! Definitely worth the value and the town above Motobu is cute. All in all it was a good stay however, they did not clean the room nor pick-up the trash during our three night stay. The front desk was never open. Nevertheless - I would recommend given the value, ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Wisteria Condominium Resort
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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Reviews of Okinawa


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Jan 9, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 28, 2019

Very safe, beautiful, and interesting.

5/5 - Excellent

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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

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 19, 2019


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