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Okinawa

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. 


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Halekulani Okinawa NT$18,736
Reviewed on 2020/6/17
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Halekulani Okinawa

Halekulani Okinawa

1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
     
    4.7 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Overall the property was clean and staff was very professional and friendly. Will definitely return again

    HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF NT$2,123
    Reviewed on 2020/6/6
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    HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF

    HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF

    Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
       
      4.3 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Excellent: Executive suite stay gives you free access to a small self-serve bar on 9th floor. Orion beer on tap, several jugs of awamori, and wines. Not so excellent: roof top swimming pool closed die to COVID19.

      Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa NT$10,225
      Reviewed on 2020/3/19
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      Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa

      Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa

      1108 Serakaki Onnason, Onna, Okinawa
         
        4.7 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Best hotel stay ever!

        Mercure Okinawa Naha NT$1,482
        Reviewed on 2020/4/5
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        Mercure Okinawa Naha

        Mercure Okinawa Naha

        3 3 19 Tsubogawa, Naha, Okinawa-ken
           
          4.3 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Good location, very easy to access monorail station. Very clean, but it smells like hospital(maybe because THE VIRUS measure)

          ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort NT$6,003
          Reviewed on 2020/7/6
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          ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort

          ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort

          2260 Seragaki Aza, Onna-son, Onna, Okinawa-ken
             
            4.2 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            We really enjoyed our stay here. Lots of activities for the kids with the beach and Ocean Park course. The pool was very relaxing. We ate at AquaBelle restaurant in the hotel several times - the food was delicious! The Orchid Ryuku Okinawan buffet/cultural show was really great as well. Highly recommend ...

            APA Hotel Naha NT$1,141
            Reviewed on 2020/3/20
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            APA Hotel Naha

            APA Hotel Naha

            1-4-16,Matsuyama, Naha, Okinawa-ken
               
              3.6 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Clean room located in Matsuyama. Right next to Okinawa best nigh club Epica. It’s walking distance to Kokusai dori street as well. The room was clean check in and check out was easy

              Hotel Moon Beach NT$11,419
              Reviewed on 2020/7/3
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              Hotel Moon Beach

              Hotel Moon Beach

              1203 Maeganeku, Kunigami, Onna, Okinawa-ken
                 
                4.2 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                There was not a bottled water in the room. We had to pay extra for all facilities, even for a parking lot.

                Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa NT$2,771
                Reviewed on 2020/7/4
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                Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa

                Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa

                9-22 Mihama, Chatan Cho, Nakagami-gun, Chatan, Okinawa-ken
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  We had a great time at Vessel Hotel. Clean and Friendly With a great view.