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Okinawa
Travel Guide

Busena Marine Park showing general coastal views

Visit this tropical island in the south of Japan and relax on its beautiful beaches, go scuba diving and explore one of the world’s largest aquariums.

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.

Where to stay in Okinawa

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
The price is $58 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
This family-friendly Naha hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Tomari Port, Midorigaoka Park, and Sogenji Temple. Kokusai Dori and Fukushu-en ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,005 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
The price is $613 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
This family-friendly Onna hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Busena Marine Park and Kariyushi Beach. Busena Beach and Kibogaoka Entrance ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (645 reviews)
"One of the best hotel resort in Okinawa. My wife and I stay 3 nights for a baby moon and enjoyed the spacious king room with a connecting open bathtub, high quality Iced latte in the restaurant, variety of pools, private beach to lay back. If you feel go for a dinner or lunch, good Hawaiian restaurants ..."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Halekulani Okinawa
Lequ Okinawa Chatan Spa & Resort
Lequ Okinawa Chatan Spa & Resort
3.5 out of 5
34-2 Mihama, Chatan, Okinawa
The price is $77 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Located in Mihama, this family-friendly Chatan hotel is steps from Depot Island and American Village. Sunset Beach and Chatan Park are also within 10 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (101 reviews)
"Clean room, great staff, the location was perfect and close to so many great restaurants and the sea wall!"

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2021

Lequ Okinawa Chatan Spa & Resort
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