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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

Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
The price is NT$10,575 per night from May 16 to May 17
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! (562 reviews)
"As an Expedia Gold member, the hotel gave me a room upgrade. The hotel was only 1 year old so it's good as new. The staff were accommodating and friendly. The concierge services was good. I enjoyed all the amenities especially the turndown service every night where they prepare hotel pajamas and ..."

Reviewed on 2020/10/30

Halekulani Okinawa
3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
The price is NT$1,702 per night from May 21 to May 22
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (993 reviews)
"Everything was good! Thank you!"

Reviewed on 2021/4/20

Hotel Monterey Okinawa Spa & Resort
Hotel Monterey Okinawa Spa & Resort
4 out of 5
1550-1 Fuchaku, Onna, Okinawa-ken
The price is NT$3,592 per night from May 19 to May 20
Nestled on the beach, this Onna hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tiger Beach and PGM Golf Resort Okinawa. Moon Beach and Okinawakaigan Quasi-National Park are ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (958 reviews)
"O hotel é excelente. A localização é ótima, os quartos são excelentes, muito limpos com uma vista maravilhosa. Os restaurantes e cafés do hotel são excepcionais."

Reviewed on 2021/3/5

Hotel Monterey Okinawa Spa & Resort
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E-horizon Resort Condominium Sesoko
E-horizon Resort Condominium Sesoko
2.5 out of 5
Sesoko 2268-1, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
The price is NT$1,289 per night from May 4 to May 5
Situated near the beach, this condo building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sesoko Beach, Motobu Municipal Museum, and Toguchi Port. Gorilla Chop and Okinawakaigan ...
4.1/5Very Good! (547 reviews)
Just a night
"In Okinawa, their GPS takes mapcode or phone number rather than address to reach the site. We were delayed for 30 min bec we used the phone no. and was led to the wrong place. should indicate this for guests. This condominium signboard was not visible at night. Luckily a private house ..."

Reviewed on 2020/2/1

E-horizon Resort Condominium Sesoko
Seaside Condominium Rana Chatan
Seaside Condominium Rana Chatan
3 out of 5
36 Ihei, Chatan, Okinawa
The price is NT$1,690 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Situated on the waterfront, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of American Village and Sunset Beach. Araha Beach and Kadena Air Base are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (181 reviews)
Nice Stay
"We really had a good stay here. It was clean and we had plenty of room. It was easy to find and easy to get around the area and we never had any issues. A grocery store was right across the street, and several places to eat are nearby as well as convenience stores. We really could not ask for anything ..."

Reviewed on 2020/2/24

Seaside Condominium Rana Chatan
3 out of 5
102-1 Kuwae, Chatan, Okinawa
The price is NT$780 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of American Village, Sunset Beach, and Chatan Park. Araha Beach and Aeon Mall Rycom ...
4.3/5Excellent! (234 reviews)
Mr Kinjo
"Place was great for the price. Very clean upon arrival. Conveniently located near Chatan and American Village"

Reviewed on 2021/1/12

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