Okinawa

About Okinawa

There’s a reason why over 10 million people visit Okinawa every year – Japan's southernmost island is a natural wonder, with pristine beaches, friendly people and a unique local culture heavily influenced by its Southeast Asian neighbors. Its main city Naha is home to popular attractions such as Shuri Castle, Naminoue Shrine and the bustling central shopping district Kokusai Street.

But for most visitors, the main attraction is the magnificent mini islands and the crystal clear waters that surround them. Okinawa is a diver's paradise, with some of the world's top diving spots at Kerama, Miyako and Ishigaki Islands. The local cuisine is as distinctive as it is delicious – don't miss the famous goya champuru (stir fried bitter gourd, eggs and tofu), Okinawa soba and American influenced taco rice.

Places to visit in Okinawa

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Sights in Okinawa

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Ishigakijima Itauchi Bokujou

Sight in Okinawa

Ishigakijima Kitauchi Bokujo, which is only a 10 minute drive away from the Ishigaki city center, and around a 30 minute drive away from Ishigaki airport. Ishig

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Okinawa's most delicious treat!

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Taketomi - where time seems to magically slow down

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Hotels in Okinawa

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Natural Factory

Hotel in Okinawa

Featuring free WiFi, Natural Factory offers accommodation in Okinawa City. Free private parking is available on site. The rooms come with a shared bathroom. T

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Guesthouse Ho Aloha

Hotel in Okinawa

Located within a minutes’ walk from the beach, Guesthouse Aloha offers accommodation in Ishigaki Island. New Ishigaki Airport is a 35-minute drive away, while

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Tilla SeaQ

Hotel in Okinawa

Offering a barbecue and views of the sea, Tilla SeaQ is situated in Sesoko. Okinawa City is 35 km from the property. Free WiFi is offered throughout the propert

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City Life Miyako L'avenir

Hotel in Okinawa

Featuring free WiFi, City Life Miyako L'avenir offers accommodation in Miyako Island. Maehama Beach is 7 km away. All units have a flat-screen TV. There is als

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Lulaliya

Hotel in Okinawa

Set in Ishigaki Island, 200 metres from Kabira Bay, Lulaliya features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. The bed and breakfast has a barbecue and s

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Kakurega Villa Kano

Hotel in Okinawa

Offering a barbecue and views of the sea, Kakurega Villa Kano is located in Okinawa City in the Okinawa Region, 9 km from Yakena Bus terminal. Free WiFi is avai

Neighborhoods

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Miyako Island

Neighborhood in Okinawa

Located in the southwest, 303 kilometers from Okinawa and approximately 380 kilometers from Taipei city, is Miyako Island. This beautiful island features coral-

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Kerama Islands (Zamami, Tokashiki, Akajima)

Neighborhood in Okinawa

The Kerama Islands are a group of over 20 small islands, located 35 kilometers west of Okinawa. The main islands are Tokashiki Island, Zamami Island and Aka Isl

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Ocean Expo Park

Neighborhood in Okinawa

The Ocean Expo Park, located to the north of Okinawa Island, is ideal for the whole family. It was built in 1976, on the former grounds of the Okinawa Internati

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Manza

Neighborhood in Okinawa

Cape Manzamo, located on the western coast, is one of the best scenic attractions on the Okinawa Islands. Visitors can indulge in the love story of the movie ‘O

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Yaeyama Islands

Neighborhood in Okinawa

A family of isles situated at the southern end of the Okinawan archipelago, the Yaeyama Islands are a surprisingly accessible getaway from Japan. Wanting sun, s

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Ishigaki Island

Neighborhood in Okinawa

Ishigaki Island has the highest mountain in Okinawa. ‘Umutodogi’ stands 526 meters tall. The island sits at the same latitude as Hawaii, and the sun shines all

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Naha

Neighborhood in Okinawa

Naha, is the capital city of Okinawa, and is in the southwest of Okinawa Island. Once a part of the ancient Ryukyu kingdom, Naha is a tropical paradise with blu

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