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Okinawa
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.

Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
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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! (591 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 30 Oct. 2020

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HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
The price is NZ$92 per night from 19 May to 19 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 ...
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"Pool was nice. Close to everything in Naha"

Reviewed on 9 May 2021

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EMIL NAKIJIN
EMIL NAKIJIN
2.5 out of 5
2031-139 Shoshi, Kunigami, Nakijin, Okinawa
The price is NZ$626 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in Shoshi, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Okinawakaigan Quasi-National Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Nago Pineapple Park and Ostrich Show Land. ...
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"オシャレで凄くリラックス出来る施設です。 全ての物にこだわって作られていて素敵です。 2度目の滞在でしたがまた家族で行きたいです。 オーナーさんも親切です。"

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

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