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With exciting watersports and beautiful natural scenery, Okinawa is an alluring tropical paradise with a fascinating past. Unwind on white-sand beaches, watch whale sharks feeding at the aquarium and visit the historic castle that was home of Okinawa’s former rulers.
Okinawa is the main island of the Okinawa Prefecture, an archipelago of 160 islands south of mainland Japan. Naha is the capital of the islands and the main entry point to Okinawa. Shop, eat and drink along Kokusai-Dori, Naha’s main street. Try some Okinawan soba, a local dish of wheat noodles served in hot soup.
Visit Shuri Castle, a restored ancient fortress that sits on a hill above Naha. A 40-minute drive south of Naha is Peace Memorial Park, a tribute to the quarter of a million American and Japanese civilians and soldiers who died on the island in one of World War II’s fiercest battles.
Learn about Okinawa’s marine life at Ocean Expo Park, on the northern part of the island. See whale sharks and tropical fish at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, which houses one of the world’s largest fish tanks. This national park also has a re-creation of a 17th-century Okinawan village and a botanical garden with more than 2,000 orchids.
Okinawa has miles of stunning beaches that you can enjoy for most of the year, with swimming possible from April until October. Try scuba diving at Mission Beach or climb to the top of the lighthouse at Cape Zanpa.
The island offers many other attractions away from the beach. Hike through forest to the Hiji Waterfall and travel through the pineapple fields of Nago Pineapple Park. Explore streams and rock formations inside Gyokusendo Cave, one of Japan’s largest cave systems.
Reach Okinawa by flying into Naha Airport from Japan or China, and get around by bus, or rent a car or moped. Whether you want to relax on the beach or explore historic sites and marine life, Okinawa is an irresistible vacation destination.
Situated in Naha, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Naminouegu Shrine and Tsushima-maru Memorial Museum. Naminoue Beach and Shiseibyo Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Itoman resort is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Okinawa Outlet Mall Ashibinaa and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Toyosaki Chura Sun Beach. Senaga Island and Gajanbira Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in the heart of Naha, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fukushu-en Garden, Naha City Museum of History, and Shiseibyo Temple. Midorigaoka Park and Tsushima-maru Memorial Museum are also within 15 minutes.
Situated near the boardwalk, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ryugujo Butterfly Garden, Motobu Genki Village, and Native Okinawan Village and Omoro Arboretum. Tropical Dream Center and Ocean Expo Memorial Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Onna hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Onna Seaside Park Nabii Beach and Cape Manza. Mission Beach and Yaka Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Naha, this hotel is steps from Tsuboya Pottery Museum and Makishi Public Market. Tenbusu Naha and Naha Tourist Information Center are also within 5 minutes.
Located in the heart of Naha, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fukushu-en Garden, Naha City Museum of History, and Shiseibyo Temple. Tsushima-maru Memorial Museum and Naminouegu Shrine are also within 15 minutes.
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of 21st Century Forest and Nago City Hall. Nago Museum and Nago Castle Historical Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).