Okinawa Island

Travel Guide
Busena Marine Park showing general coastal views

Recharge on stunning white beaches, walk around historic castles and visit one of the world’s largest aquariums on this tropical island in the south of Japan.

Okinawa is a rare tropical paradise that mixes a beach-going culture with a preservation of the past. Try exciting watersport, tan on white-sand beaches, watch whale sharks gliding in an aquarium or visit a castle that once protected the archipelago’s rulers.

Okinawa is the main island of the Okinawa Prefecture, an archipelago of 160 islands south of mainland Japan. Its main access point is Naha, a busy urban sprawl that also serves as the region’s capital. Find shopping, food and crowds along Kokusai-Dori, Naha’s main street. While here, taste Okinawan soba, a soup-noodle dish famous to the area.

Not far from town, the hilltop Shuri Castle reminds visitors of the island’s ancient history. Take a short drive south from Naha to the Peace Memorial Park, where monuments pay tribute to the quarter of a million American and Japanese civilians and soldiers who died here in World War II. It was one of the Pacific’s most fierce battles.

To the north, the Ocean Expo Park gives visitors the chance to learn about the archipelago’s marine life. See whale sharks cruising alongside tropical fish at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, home to one of the world’s biggest fish tanks. Nearby attractions such as a re-creation of a 17th-century Okinawan village and a botanical garden boasting more than 2,000 orchids make northern Okinawa a satisfying daytrip destination.

The island features miles of popular and less-crowded beaches that are a great to visit throughout summer. The best swimming months are between April and October. Scuba dive amongst rock formations at Mission Beach or enjoy views from the lighthouse at Cape Zanpa.

Not far from the coast, walk to the Hiji Waterfall or traverse stunning pineapple fields in Nago Pineapple Park. Follow subterranean streams of photograph stalactites at Gyokusendo Cave.

Fly into Reach Okinawa’s Naha Airport from Japan or China. Get around the city by bus. Alternatively, rent a car (or moped) to travel further afield. Tours can be booked through Naha’s travel agencies.

Where to stay in Okinawa Island

Hotel Monterey Okinawa Spa & Resort
Hotel Monterey Okinawa Spa & Resort
4 out of 5
1550-1 Fuchaku, Onna, Okinawa-ken
The price is NT$2,798 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
Nestled on the beach, this Onna hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tiger Beach and Okinawakaigan Quasi-National Park. Moon Beach and PGM Golf Resort Okinawa ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (988 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 2021/11/11

Hotel Monterey Okinawa Spa & Resort
Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
The price is NT$9,938 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
This family-friendly Onna hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Okinawakaigan Quasi-National Park, Kariyushi Beach, and Kibogaoka Entrance ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (888 reviews)
"Beautiful location and well maintained hotel. Staff is extremely attentive and helpful. Will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 2021/7/13

Halekulani Okinawa
ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort, an IHG Hotel
ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
2260 Seragaki Aza, Onna-son, Onna, Okinawa-ken
The price is NT$3,007 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
Located in Onna, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district, 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Cape Manza, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kariyushi Beach and Ryukyu ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (993 reviews)
"We really amazed and fascinated by the hotel architectural design, the staff are so accommodating and friendly. The service and food is excellent. The only thing we don’t much satisfied is the beach which is far from the hotel.. and the time use of beach and pool was limited. We understand due to ..."

Reviewed on 2021/10/19

ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Mr.KINJO inn Convention Bay
Mr.KINJO inn Convention Bay
3 out of 5
4-2-6 Isa, Ginowan, Okinawa
The price is NT$804 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 6
Situated in Ginowan, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Araha Beach, Okinawa Convention Center, and Ginowan Tropical Beach. American Village is 2.2 mi ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (46 reviews)
"コスパ最強でした✌︎"

Reviewed on 2021/12/4

Mr.KINJO inn Convention Bay
Allstay Goya
Allstay Goya
3 out of 5
1-18-11 Goya, \N, Okinawa, Okinawa
The price is NT$1,108 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Located in Goya, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Koza Music Town, Kadena Air Base, and Okinawa Arena. Aeon Mall Rycom is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (60 reviews)
"The location was perfect for me & the amenities were great!"

Reviewed on 2019/8/31

Allstay Goya
Mr.KINJO in Rycom Kitanakagusuku
Mr.KINJO in Rycom Kitanakagusuku
3 out of 5
400, Shimabuku, Kitanakagusuku, Okinawa
The price is NT$860 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
Situated in Kitanakagusuku, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Aeon Mall Rycom and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kadena Air Base and American Village. Okinawa ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (20 reviews)
"外観よりも部屋の中ぎキレイでした。"

Reviewed on 2021/6/13

Mr.KINJO in Rycom Kitanakagusuku
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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