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Okinawa

Travel Guide
Busena Marine Park showing general coastal views

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

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
The price is ¥8,419 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,020 reviews)
"The pool is a great feature but it tends to be very crowded during all open hours and there are few seating options around the pool area. No lounge chairs."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
The price is ¥84,751 per night from Aug 31 to Aug 31
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! (727 reviews)
"Beautiful location and well maintained hotel. Staff is extremely attentive and helpful. Will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

Halekulani Okinawa
Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay
Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay
4 out of 5
1496 Tancha, Kunigami, Onna, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥9,818 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Nestled on the beach, this Onna resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tiger Beach and Nakadomari Site. Iha Castle Ruins and Bios no Oka Nature Park are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,745 reviews)
"Excellent hotel with professional staff and services. If you miss the buffet breakfast, you can have the buffet lunch instead. The only negative thing about the hotel was the bed and the blanket. It was hard and uncomfortable."

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay
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Snow ball Condominium
Snow ball Condominium
3 out of 5
77 Yaka, Kin, Okinawa
The price is ¥5,000 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 11
Situated in Kin, this beach condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Yaka Beach and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Cape Manza. Okinawakaigan Quasi-National Park and Mount ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (68 reviews)
"The property was amazing with everything that you need. The only thing that we struggled with was that the rented car navigator could not find the property location hence it took us quite a long time to find the place and got quite worried. Luckily I found it at the end as check in time is limited ..."

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018

Snow ball Condominium
United Resort Yomitan
United Resort Yomitan
2.5 out of 5
538-1 Senaha, Yomitan, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥10,248 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 4
Situated near the beach, this condo building is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Nagahama Beach and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Cape Zanpa. Okinawakaigan Quasi-National Park and ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (337 reviews)
"All rooms were very clean and kitchen was wide and easy to use. I will definitely stay there again."

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

United Resort Yomitan
Ala MAHAINA CONDO HOTEL
Ala MAHAINA CONDO HOTEL
3.5 out of 5
1421-1 Yamakawa, Motobu, Okinawa
The price is ¥20,920 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 2
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! (203 reviews)
"Lovely stay"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

Ala MAHAINA CONDO HOTEL
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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