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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

Okinawa showing rainforest and a cascade

Naha City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(302 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, Okinawa, Japan


5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

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

I woke up and went to the balcony saw this!


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.

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


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.

Unten, Nakijin, Okinawa, Japan


3/5(2 area reviews)

Travelers like the beaches in Unten, and Okinawakaigan Quasi-National Park is a top attraction you might want to visit.


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
The price is NT$18,586 per night

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! (272 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 2020/6/17

Halekulani Okinawa
3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
The price is NT$2,003 per night

Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tomari Port, Midorigaoka Park, and Sogenji Temple. Kokusai Dori and Fukushu-en Garden are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (981 reviews)

"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."…"

Reviewed on 2020/6/6

Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
4 out of 5
1108 Serakaki Onnason, Onna, Okinawa
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$10,143 per night

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! (747 reviews)

"Best hotel stay ever!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/19

Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa

Popular places to visit in Okinawa

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Nago Pineapple Park
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Nago Pineapple Park

4/5(40 reviews)

Enjoy the thrills at Nago Pineapple Park and find out why people love this theme park in Nago. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this relaxing area.

Reviews of Okinawa


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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


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Shurijo Castle showing night scenes, chateau or palace and a square or plaza


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