COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Travel Guide

Okinawa showing a sandy beach and swimming as well as a large group of people

With its energetic artisan districts, lively restaurant quarters and attractive coastline, laid-back Naha is one of Japan’s attractive capital cities. 

Year-round good weather, unique Okinawan culture and stunning scenery are popular reasons to spend time in Okinawa’s biggest city. Tour the restaurants and eat delicious fresh fish and local pork dishes. Explore the glassblowing and ceramics districts to learn about the island’s artistic heritage.

A great place to start is the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum in the northern part of Naha. Concealed within a huge limestone castle, the museum documents the island’s past from prehistoric times to modern days. View fossils, ancient skeletons and interactive exhibits about the 500-year history of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Nearby find a smaller art gallery, which features abstract and contemporary works from some of the island’s most talented artists.

Take a short ride south on the monorail to the famous Tsuboya District. This area has been home to the city’s pottery production since the end of the 17th century. Browse the shops and purchase a ceramic shisa. This mythological animal, a cross between a lion and a dog, is believed to provide protection from evil. Visit the Pottery Museum where displays show exquisite glazed and unglazed pieces along with old pottery wheels and tools.

Enjoy a break from the city center at Shikinaen. Here stroll through a sub-tropical garden and have great views of the city. Admire the Ryukyu villa and hexagonal Chinese pavilion that overlook a serene pond.

Lively Kokusai Dori is one of the best places to go when you get hungry. Try the local specialty of pig’s ears or choose from a tantalizing selection of sushi dishes. Many of the restaurants and bars along this 1.5-mile (2-kilometer) road hold regular cultural shows. Stay for a while and you may find yourself taking part in a traditional Okinawan dance.

Naha is located close to the southeastern coast of Okinawa. The most popular method of transportation here is the modern and efficient monorail, though buses are also available. Find accommodations in numerous hotels as well as self-catering apartments across the city.

3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
The price is NZ$92 per night from 16 May to 16 May
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! (1,007 reviews)
"Pool was nice. Close to everything in Naha"

Reviewed on 9 May 2021

Green Rich Hotel Naha (Hotel & Cabin)
Green Rich Hotel Naha (Hotel & Cabin)
3 out of 5
2-15-1 Matsuyama, Naha, Okinawa
The price is NZ$70 per night from 13 May to 13 May
Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tomari Port and Kokusai Dori. Naminoue Beach and Okinawa Prefectural Office are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (77 reviews)
"Located in the nightlife district of Naha. Newer, clean, quiet with a communal bath facility. Receptionists are friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2020

Green Rich Hotel Naha (Hotel & Cabin)
Mercure Okinawa Naha
Mercure Okinawa Naha
3.5 out of 5
3 3 19 Tsubogawa, Naha, Okinawa-ken
The price is NZ$67 per night from 31 May to 31 May
Located in Naha City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Okino-gu Shrine, Kokusai Dori, and Okinawa Prefectural Office. Tomari Port and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,157 reviews)
"The staff was very friendly and the breakfast was wonderful. The property is clean and very stylish."

Reviewed on 1 May 2021

Mercure Okinawa Naha
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.

Popular places to visit in Naha

Top activities in Naha

Reviews of Naha


Guest rating

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 31.25%
4 - Good
4 - Good 31.25%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 37.5%
2 - Disappointing
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 0%

3/5 - Okay


29 May 2019

We were in Naha for two nights and spent a full day at the Aquarium up north. international shopping Street is worth a look, but public transport is lacking for other tourist spots.. It was recommended that we take taxi but that quickly adds up.

4/5 - Good


27 May 2019

Nice to go there and see a different culture. Okinawans wearing their traditional Hawaiian shirts. They are perhaps a bit more relaxed. Only transport is monorail which is limited otherwise busesy and cars. Resulting in traffic jams!

Cities near Naha