Okinawa

Travel Guide
Relax on the marvelous beaches and take your kids to the spectacular zoo in this eclectic city in the heart of the island.

As the second-largest commune on its namesake island, Okinawa City is a cultural haven with excellent restaurants and shops. Spectacular beaches adorn the western coastline just outside the city, where you will also find quaint traditional villages. Enjoy the fun and lively atmosphere in this diverse area.

For a glimpse of local culture, visit the Chubunouren Market in the central Sumiyoshi area. Purchase vegetables, fruit and other regional products from vendors. Browse the stalls showcasing a variety of meat in this market, which has fairly low prices.

Travel south to the Okinawa Zoo, which is a children’s wonderland. View about 130 different species of animal and many displays to help your kids learn about nature. Appreciate the serene atmosphere around the zoo’s vast lakes.

Enjoy the island’s hot weather from June to August with a trip to one of the beaches. May is fairly wet and September brings typhoons. Spend an afternoon at Araha Beach for its many resorts, restaurants and activities. Walk along the seaside promenade and play volleyball with friends. Let your kids play on the full-size pirate ship.

Embark on a day trip to Nirai Beach, in the outskirts of the nearby Yomitan Village. Swim in the safe and clean netted area with your kids and get snorkeling gear to explore below the water surface. Watersports are popular here, with water tricycles among the fun items available for rent. Enjoy the views of the imposing boulders and green hills that border the 1,300-foot (400-meter) stretch of white sand.

Travel north to the fascinating Ryukyu Mura for its rides and cultural attractions.

The city stands in the central part of its namesake island, southwest of Japan. Drive north from the island’s capital of Naha, which contains the main airport, for 12 miles (20 kilometers) to get here. Visit nearby cities, such as Uruma, Itoman and Nago.

Okinawa City has many fun activities for children and cultural highlights for adults.

Where to stay in Okinawa

Hotel KOZA
Hotel KOZA
3 out of 5
2-1-29 Uechi, Okinawa, Okinawa, 904-0031
The price is ¥5,232 per night from Aug 31 to Sep 1
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Okinawa. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (259 reviews)
Clean room!
"Small but very functional room. They serve bread & coffee for free every morning😀 SanA store nearby."

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Hotel KOZA
Okinawa Grand Mer Resort
Okinawa Grand Mer Resort
4 out of 5
2-8-1 Yogi, Okinawa, Okinawa-ken, 904-2174
The price is ¥8,313 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 8
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Okinawa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
"Very clean room, the pool was warm but the walls and ceiling has mold all over the pool area.... so there is a smell from that. The room and hotel otherwise was very clean and staff there are very friendly!"

Reviewed on May 29, 2022

Okinawa Grand Mer Resort
Rycom Crystal Hotel
Rycom Crystal Hotel
2.5 out of 5
2-19-11 Yogi, Okinawa, Okinawa, 904-2174
The price is ¥6,136 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 25
Stay at this hotel in Okinawa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (290 reviews)
"Great location, large, clean room and good service."

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2022

Rycom Crystal 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.
Allstay Goya
Allstay Goya
3 out of 5
1-18-11 Goya, Okinawa, Okinawa, 904-0021
The price is ¥4,831 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Okinawa. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and an in-room washer/dryer. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (67 reviews)
"The location was perfect for me & the amenities were great!"

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2019

Allstay Goya
Allstay CHIBANA
Allstay CHIBANA
3 out of 5
2-18-21 Chibana, Okinawa, Okinawa, 904-2143
The price is ¥7,413 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this 3-star condo in Okinawa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.8/5 Good! (37 reviews)
ウァーォなホテル!
"①ホテル名が別名で石板に記されていたため、初日は戸惑いました。 ②トイレがウォシュレットではなかったことに驚きました。 ③それ以外は、室内含めてとてもキレイなホテルでした。"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2022

Allstay CHIBANA
Villa Awase 111 - Guesthouse in Okinawa
Villa Awase 111 - Guesthouse in Okinawa
2.5 out of 5
Awase 1-15-57, Okinawa, Okinawa, 904-2172
The price is ¥8,304 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this aparthotel in Okinawa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Kadena Air Base and American Village are located ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
"お部屋も綺麗で洗濯乾燥機がお部屋にあり最高でした!"

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2022

Villa Awase 111 - Guesthouse in 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.

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