Kerama Islands (Zamami, Tokashiki, Akajima)
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 Island. The Kerama Blue ocean features water so clear that visibility is about 50 meters. This provides the ideal site for scuba diving. Humpback whales migrate through the Kerama waters between January and April every year. You can jump on a boat tour to spot them up close.
Take a 30-minute ferry ride to Tokashiki Island, the closest island to Okinawa. The island is home to the two most famous beaches – Aharen beach and Tokashiku beach. Their crystal green, clear waters are perfect for diving-lovers. Otherwise, talk a long walk down the beach in the sunshine.
Zamami Island is in the middle of the islands, and is surrounded by wonderful coral reefs which are also suitable for diving. Between January and March, whale watching tours are available. Recommended beaches include Ama beach and Zamami beach – both with beautiful turquoise waters you can’t resist. Hikers can trek up to Gaoshan observatory for stunning views. In terms of accommodation, you can camp, rent a house or a room.
Aka Island is the western-most island and is a one-hour ferry ride away from Naha port. It is the perfect destination for a day-trip. Nishihama Bech is surrounded by coral reefs. It is the perfect place to go diving or rowing. The island is the home of romance, as the movie ‘Marilyn ni aitai’ was filmed here!
Ujizome is a way of dyeing fabric green with sugarcane leaves, called "uji" in Okinawa. This shop sells clothes and accessories made from ujizome dyed fabric.
Blue Seal (Toyosaki)
This Blue Seal ice cream parlor is located on the grounds of the Tomiton Shopping Mall in Toyosaki, Tomigusuku.
Naha Aeon Shopping Center
AEON Naha Shopping Center is anchored and masterleased by AEON Retail Co., Ltd. The property includes approximately 80 specialty stores, such as apparel stores, fashion stores and restaurants.
Itoman Gyomin Shokudo
Itoman Gyomin Shokudo is a cafeteria-style fish restaurant in the fisherman's town of Itoman.
Jack's Steak House
Jack's is a popular steak house that's been serving locals and visitors since 1953.
Fukushu-en Garden is an authentic, walled Chinese garden laid out by Chinese and Okinawan gardeners. It symbolises Okinawa's historic trade and cultural links with the Chinese mainland.
Climax Coffee (Ryubo)
Climax Coffee is a local Okinawa Coffee chain, similar to Starbucks but with a local twist.
Ryubo Department Store
Ryubo is a large department store on Kokusai-dori Street, located just south of Kenchomae station. Floors 3-8 close at 8:30 pm, floors 1 and 2 at 9 pm. The restaurants and food stalls on B1 and the 9th floor stay open until 10 pm.
Located on the first floor of Hotel Rocore Naha, this izakaya serves Japanese cuisine using ingredients sourced from around the country.
The Ryukyu Market is named after the ancient Okinawan Kingdom and sells souvenirs from Okinawa.
A&W All American Food
A&W is a popular American fast food chain. This branch in Naha is located on Kokusai-dori street.
Mango House is an Okinawan shop on Kokusai-dori Street that specializes in Okinawan style aloha shirts.
Kokusai-dori translates to International Street and is the central shopping, dining and entertainment district in Naha.
Blue Seal Ice Cream Parlor (Owan on Kokusai-dori)
Blue Seal is a popular ice cream company native to Okinawa. This parlor is in downtown Naha on Kokusai-dori.
Finca La Vigia Okinawa
Cafe and cigar bar Finca La Vigia Okinawa take its name from a house American novelist Ernest Hemingway lived in when he wrote "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "The Old Man and the Sea."
Tokashiki Guest House
Tokashiki Guest House offers accommodation in Tokashiki. Naha is 34 km from the property. There is also a kitchen, fitted with a microwave and toaster. Bed linen is featured. Tokashiki Guest House offers a barbecue facility.
Kerama Backpackers is located just under a 10-minute walk from the eastern shore of Tokashiki Island. There is a garden at the property and WiFi is available in all areas. The hostel offers free pick-up service from Tokashiki Port
Pension Sea Friend
Offering a barbecue and terrace, Pension Sea Friend is set in Tokashiki in the Okinawa Region, 34 km from Naha. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free transfer from Tokashiki Port is available upon request.
Just 110 metres from Zamami Ferry Terminal, the completely non-smoking Cha Villa provides Western and Japanese rooms with free wired internet, an LCD TV and a kitchenette. Barbecue facilities and a cafe are on site.
Just 200 metres from the Zamami Island Ferry Terminal, Minshuku Sendoron offers simple air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and a TV. It has public baths and breakfast and dinner are served.
A 10-minute walk from Zamami Port, Beach Comber features a rooftop terrace, a kayak shop and small rooms with a kitchenette and a washing machine. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the hotel, and a free shuttle is available from Z
Zamamia International Guesthouse
Centrally located in Zamami, Zamamia International Guesthouse has a terrace and free WiFi at the lobby. It offers dorm beds and private rooms, a shared lounge and a bar.