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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

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 ¥6,273 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27

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! (1,033 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2021

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
The price is ¥40,680 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 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! (477 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
Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa
Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa
3.5 out of 5
9-22 Mihama, Chatan Cho, Nakagami-gun, Chatan, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥10,342 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Located in Mihama, this hotel is steps from Depot Island, American Village, and Sunset Beach. Chatan Park and Araha Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,011 reviews)

"We enjoyed our stay here 😊 The staff are nice, the room is clean. We have what we all needed 😊"…"

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa
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

Okinawa Ocean Front
Okinawa Ocean Front
3 out of 5
1-250 Miyagi, Chatan, Okinawa
The price is ¥4,455 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

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
Beachside Condominium
Beachside Condominium
3 out of 5
37303, Nakagamigun, Chatan, Okinawa
The price is ¥6,364 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Situated on the boardwalk, this condo building is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from American Village and within 3 mi (5 km) of Sunset Beach and Okinawa Convention Center. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (313 reviews)

"O quarto e amplo, limpo, e muito bem equipado para uma curta ou longa estadia. A localização e ótima e a vista linda."…"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2021

Beachside Condominium
Seaside Condominium Rana Chatan
Seaside Condominium Rana Chatan
3 out of 5
36 Ihei, Chatan, Okinawa
The price is ¥7,000 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Situated on the waterfront, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of American Village and Sunset Beach. Araha Beach and Kadena Air Base are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (174 reviews)
Nice Stay

"We really had a good stay here. It was clean and we had plenty of room. It was easy to find and easy to get around the area and we never had any issues. A grocery store was right across the street, and several places to eat are nearby as well as convenience stores. We really could not ask for anything ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Seaside Condominium Rana Chatan
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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