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OkinawaJapan

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

Okinawa showing rainforest and a cascade

Naha City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(301 area reviews)

The parks and historic sites are just a few things visitors like about Naha City Centre. Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Miebashi Station or Kenchomae Station to get around the larger area.

Naha City Centre
Goya, Okinawa, Japan

Goya

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Travelers like the shopping in Goya, and Okinawa Zoo is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Goya
I woke up and went to the balcony saw this!

Yogi

4/5Very Good!(14 area reviews)

Shopping and seaside views are some things travelers note about Yogi. Check out Aeon Mall Rycom or Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park while you're familiarizing yourself with the larger area.

Yogi
Tsuboya Pottery Museum showing street scenes and a small town or village

Makishi

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Makishi is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Kokusai Dori and Makishi Public Market.

Makishi
Unten, Nakijin, Japan

Unten

3/5(2 area reviews)

Unten is well-liked for its beaches. If you'd like to do some sightseeing in the greater Nakijin area, you might plan a trip to Kouri Beach or Kouri Ocean Tower.

Unten
Okinawa salt

Yamuchin Street

Travelers like the shopping in Yamuchin Street, and Kokusai Dori is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Yamuchin Street

Top Hotels in Okinawa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
Free Cancellation
$372
per night
Apr 10 - Apr 11

This family-friendly Onna hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kibogaoka Entrance Mae Beach and Kariyushi Beach. Busena Beach and Mission Beach ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (188 reviews)

"The concierge service is greatly helpful. Special thanks to Kazu san who has been very helpful and caring. We had a memorable stay at the hotel."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Halekulani Okinawa
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
4 out of 5
1108 Serakaki Onnason, Onna, Okinawa
$171
per night
Apr 21 - Apr 22

Located in Onna, this beachfront hotel is in a regional park, 1.8 mi (3 km) from Cape Manza, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kise Country Club and Ryukyu Mura. Blue ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (695 reviews)

"Best hotel stay ever!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
APA Hotel Naha
APA Hotel Naha
3 out of 5
1-4-16,Matsuyama, Naha, Okinawa-ken
$42
per night
Apr 8 - Apr 9

Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port. Shurijo Castle and DFS Galleria Okinawa are also within 3 ...

3.6/5Good! (1,404 reviews)

"Location is good and hotel is acceptable for the price. Not all staff speak English and communication can be difficult. Overall value for money hotel"…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2020

APA Hotel Naha

Popular things to do in Okinawa

Kokusai Dori
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Kokusai Dori

4.5/5(139 reviews)

Naha’s lively main street is home to an array of superb restaurants, souvenir shops and galleries selling fine glassware. 

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

4.5/5(88 reviews)

Marvel at huge whale sharks in one of the world’s largest aquariums at this marine center that recreates the aquatic environment of Okinawa’s waters.

American Village
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American Village

4/5(135 reviews)

This American-style mall offers a huge selection of shopping and entertainment options as well as one of the biggest amusement parks on Okinawa. 

Shurijo Castle
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Shurijo Castle

4.5/5(139 reviews)

Take a tour of this lavishly decorated hilltop castle that was home to powerful Japanese kings for more than 400 years.

Okinawa World
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Okinawa World

4.5/5(79 reviews)

Discover one of the most spectacular natural landscapes on Okinawa and get close to deadly snakes at this diverse theme park.

Tomari Port
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Tomari Port

4/5(55 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Naha with a trip to Tomari Port. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or visit the shops in this culturally-rich area.

Top activities in Okinawa

Unlimited Japan WiFi P/U Naha Airport + Mobile battery
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Unlimited Japan WiFi P/U Naha Airport + Mobile battery

74% of travellers recommend
$4
Per adult
Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Busena Marine Park
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Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Busena Marine Park

78% of travellers recommend
$57
Per adult
Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Nago Pineapple Park
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Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Nago Pineapple Park

$57
Per adult
Bus Tour with Sefa Utaki, Okinawa World & Kingdom Village
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Bus Tour with Sefa Utaki, Okinawa World & Kingdom Village

74% of travellers recommend
$52
Per adult
Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Dai Sekirinzan Park
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Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Dai Sekirinzan Park

78% of travellers recommend
$57
Per adult
Unlimited 4G-LTE WiFi in Naha Airport + FREE Power Bank
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Unlimited 4G-LTE WiFi in Naha Airport + FREE Power Bank

100% of travellers recommend
$4
Per adult

Reviews of Okinawa

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

T.F.

Jan 9, 2020

It is like a mix of Okinawa and U.S. culture.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 28, 2019

Very safe, beautiful, and interesting.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 8, 2019

The cultural architectural features on the homea and businesses was incredible. Just the details everywhere you went. It was beautiful and I'm already planning my next trip to go again

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2019

沖縄市は、位置的に沖縄県内どこに行くにも、いい場所で、退屈はしません。

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