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 AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
The price is NT$1,713 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
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! (1,012 reviews)
"Infinity pool on the rooftop with a glass wall is amazing and the bar is great"

Reviewed on 2021/9/12

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
The price is NT$15,051 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
This family-friendly Onna hotel is located by the ocean, steps from Bankoku Shinryokan, Busena Beach, and Busena Marine Park. Kariyushi Beach and Kibogaoka Entrance ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (774 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
Okinawa Kariyushi Resort Exes Onna
Okinawa Kariyushi Resort Exes Onna
5 out of 5
2592-40 Yashibaru Nakama Onna Kunigami, Onna, Okinawa-ken
The price is NT$4,142 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Situated near the beach, this luxury resort is within a 5-minute walk of Okinawakaigan Quasi-National Park and Kariyushi Beach. Busena Marine Park and Busena ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (902 reviews)
"Great hotel with a great location. You get what you pay for when staying at this hotel."

Reviewed on 2021/9/8

Okinawa Kariyushi Resort Exes Onna
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$798 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Situated in Ginowan, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Araha Beach and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Ginowan Seaside Park. Ginowan Tropical Beach and Ginowan Marina ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (39 reviews)
"キレイなホテルでした。"

Reviewed on 2021/9/5

Mr.KINJO inn Convention Bay
Hotel Sunset Hill
Hotel Sunset Hill
3.5 out of 5
1327-3 Nakadomari, Onna, Okinawa-ken
The price is NT$2,454 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Tiger Beach and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from PGM Golf Resort Okinawa. Ryukyu Mura and Blue Cave are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (75 reviews)
Great seaview
"The hotel is extremely difficult to locate for me! The gps said turn right but it’s not possible as it’s not allow in reality! There was a sign board somewhere after u pass by the hotel, however, u will not notice during the night time! Having said that, the hotel has a supreme view view and it’s ..."

Reviewed on 2019/9/16

Hotel Sunset Hill
Grandioso Okinawa Villa ONNA 3
Grandioso Okinawa Villa ONNA 3
3 out of 5
Aza Maeda 1939, Onna, Okinawa
The price is NT$3,800 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated near the beach, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Okinawakaigan Quasi-National Park, Yokuda Beach, and Ukaji Park. Nagahama Beach and Blue Cave are ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"沖縄の海近くなので、虫は仕方ないのは分かっていても、部屋の中に虫がいっぱいなのは、少し抵抗ありましたが、それを除けば、快適でした。 また、利用したいと思っています。"

Reviewed on 2021/9/9

Grandioso Okinawa Villa ONNA 3
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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