OkinawaThere’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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Kabira Bay on Ishigaki Island in the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa, is Ishigaki's main tourist draw and is an awe-inspiring and beautiful natural site.
Miyakojima, or Miyako Island, is an island located in Okinawa. It is popular for its warm climate and beautiful beaches.
Ishigakijima, or Ishigaki Island, is part of the Yaeyama Islands in Okinawa. It is a popular spot among divers.
Ocean Expo Park
The Ocean Expo Park located in the north of Okinawa, the Motobu area, was constructed in 1975 in commemoration of the Okinawa international marine exposition held there in that year. The Expo itself was held partly in commemoration of the return of Okinawa to
Kokusai Dori Street
Literally meaning “International Road”, Kokusai Dori Street is also the street that never sleeps, with a host of bars, restaurants, cafes, hotels and souvenir shops catering to the throngs of tourists that head here to shop, eat and play. This 2km stretch ta
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Naha Kokusaidori
Ideally located inside Saion Square complex, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Naha Kokusaidori is a 1-minute walk from Makishi Monorail Station. The station is a 15-minute ride away from Naha Airport. It boasts bright comfortable rooms with fre
Hotel Peace Island Ishigaki in Yashima
Offering free Wi-Fi at the lobby and rooms with a washer/dryer, microwave, satellite LCD TV and free wired internet, Hotel Peace Island is just a 5-minute walk from the Ishigaki Ferry Terminal. Massages and rental bicycles are ava
Located 8 km from Yaeyama Museum in Ishigaki Island, Minshuku Zabaru features free WiFi access and free private parking. Each room has a flat-screen TV. The rooms come with a shared bathroom.
Loisir Spa Tower Naha
Featuring 2 pools, a spa with hot springs, and 7 dining options, Loisir Tower is a 10-minute walk from Kokusai Dori. It offers rooms with a balcony and free wired internet.
Toyoko Inn Okinawa Naha Mie-bashi-eki
Featuring rooms with free Wi-Fi and free-use lobby computers, the Naha Toyoko Inn is just a 5-minute walk from downtown area Kokusai-Dori Street. Chargeable massages and laundry facilities are available.
Located a 8-minute walk from Omoromachi Monorail Station in Naha, Hotel Stork offers compact guest rooms fitted with a loft bed and an en suite shower booth.
White Beach Inn Ishikawa
Featuring free WiFi, White Beach Inn Ishikawa is located in Ishikawa Shirahama, just a 1-minute drive from Ishikawa IC Exit on Okinawa Expressway. Every room is equipped with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room.
Taketomi - where time seems to magically slow down
Japan's most southern islands, the Yaeyama islands, are a popular travel destination for vacation hungry locals, as well as international visitors. And their popularity is easily explained: seemingly endless sandy beaches, crystal clear water, sunshine, lush f