OkinawaThere’s a reason why over 10 million people visit Okinawa every year – Japan's southernmost island is a natural wonder, with pristine beaches, friendly people and a unique local culture heavily influenced by its Southeast Asian neighbors. Its main city Naha is home to popular attractions such as Shuri Castle, Naminoue Shrine and the bustling central shopping district Kokusai Street.
But for most visitors, the main attraction is the magnificent mini islands and the crystal clear waters that surround them. Okinawa is a diver's paradise, with some of the world's top diving spots at Kerama, Miyako and Ishigaki Islands. The local cuisine is as distinctive as it is delicious – don't miss the famous goya champuru (stir fried bitter gourd, eggs and tofu), Okinawa soba and American influenced taco rice.
Places to visit in Okinawa
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Kabira Bay on Ishigaki Island in the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa, is Ishigaki's main tourist draw and is an awe-inspiring and beautiful natural site.
Miyakojima, or Miyako Island, is an island located in Okinawa. It is popular for its warm climate and beautiful beaches.
Ishigakijima, or Ishigaki Island, is part of the Yaeyama Islands in Okinawa. It is a popular spot among divers.
Ocean Expo Park
The Ocean Expo Park located in the north of Okinawa, the Motobu area, was constructed in 1975 in commemoration of the Okinawa international marine exposition held there in that year. The Expo itself was held partly in commemoration of the return of Okinawa to
Kokusai Dori Street
Literally meaning “International Road”, Kokusai Dori Street is also the street that never sleeps, with a host of bars, restaurants, cafes, hotels and souvenir shops catering to the throngs of tourists that head here to shop, eat and play. This 2km stretch ta
Pacific Hotel Okinawa
A 10-minute walk from Naminoue Beach, Pacific Hotel Okinawa offers spacious accommodations and free Wi-Fi access at the public areas. Guests can relax by the outdoor pool during the summer. Naha Airport is a 10-minute drive away.
Hotel Happy Holiday Ishigaki
Only a 1-minute walk from Ishigaki Port, Hotel Happy Holiday Ishigaki offers accommodations with free Wi-Fi and colourful interiors. Guests can enjoy a free breakfast and request massages or facial treatments for an extra cost.
ANA InterContinental Ishigaki Resort
ANA InterContinental Ishigaki Resort is a 25-minute drive from New Ishigaki Airport. It features a fitness centre, spa, outdoor swimming pool and 6 dining options. Rooms have ocean and garden views.
GRG Hotel Naha Higashimachi
Only a 5-minute walk from Kokusai Street, GRG Hotel Naha Higashimachi offers accommodations with free wired internet access and a flat-screen satellite TV. Free Wi-Fi is available at the lobby and guests can wear the provided comf
Naha Beach Side Hotel
Located right at the oceanfront, Naha Beach Side Hotel offers Western-style accommodations with a private balcony and free wired internet access. Massages can be requested for an extra cost and guests can rent bicycles to tour the
Hotel Sun Okinawa
Conveniently located a 3-minute walk from Kenchomae Yuirail Station, Hotel Sun Okinawa boasts spacious public baths and a stone bath. Naha Airport is just a 10-minute drive away. It provides property-wide free Wi-Fi.
Hotel Rasso Abiyanpana Ishigakijima
Centrally located in the city of Ishigaki, just a 15-minute walk away from Ishigaki Port Rito Terminal, Hotel Rasso Abiyanpana Ishigakijima offers a restaurant and free Wi-Fi access.
Taketomi - where time seems to magically slow down
Japan's most southern islands, the Yaeyama islands, are a popular travel destination for vacation hungry locals, as well as international visitors. And their popularity is easily explained: seemingly endless sandy beaches, crystal clear water, sunshine, lush f