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Okinawa

Tropical paradise and a unique culture

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Aharen

Aharen

If your idea of a holiday is the sound of the spinnaker flapping in the breeze or the gentle waves lapping while you are maki...

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Yomitan

Yomitan

Yomitan Village on the East China Sea in Central Okinawa is well known for its pottery, beaches, castle, agriculture, and lig...

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Uruma

Uruma

The 2005 merger of the former cities and towns of Gushikawa, Ishikawa, Katsuren and Yonashiro created Okinawa Prefecture's th...

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Okinawa City

Okinawa City

Okinawa City is the second largest city in Okinawa Prefecture with approximately 140,000 residents and is situated in central...

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Ginowan

Ginowan

Ginowan is a city of nearly 100,000 residents on the coastline of the main island of Okinawa between Urasoe City and Chatan V...

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Naha

Naha

Naha in the south of the main island of Okinawa is the capital city of the Prefecture and the center of business, culture, ar...

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Kadena

Kadena

Kadena is a small town of about 13,000 residents on the East China Sea along the western shoreline of the main island of Okin...

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Kitanakagusuku

Kitanakagusuku

Tiny Kitanakagusuku Village is one of the smallest municipalities in all of Okinawa with less than 12 square kilometers of la...

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Orion Beerfest in Koza 2024

Orion Beerfest in Koza 2024

Kim

With a history dating back to 1957, Orion is Japan's fifth largest brewery and the producer of Orion Beer, which commands 60%...

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Where to eat in Okinawa

Four Seasons Steak House

Four Seasons Steak House

Bonson Lam

Scratch beneath for the story of the American Village, of Okinawans making a new life going in Argentina, of encounters with ...

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Places to stay in Okinawa

Latest Okinawa Reports

Nago Grocery Store 6

Nago Grocery Store

Peter Lin

Nago Grocery Store is a special souvenir shop and cafe in downtown Nago. It is a perfect place to pick up housewares, art pr...

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Four Seasons Steak House

Four Seasons Steak House

Bonson Lam

Scratch beneath for the story of the American Village, of Okinawans making a new life going in Argentina, of encounters with ...

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About Okinawa

Okinawa
Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Kyushu
Island Ryukyu Islands
Capital Naha
Population 1,392,818
Area 2281.00 sq. km

Although each Japanese prefecture is unique in its own way, tropical Okinawa Prefecture (沖縄県, Okinawa-ken) is by far the most distinct, almost like a different country. And that assessment is true to a certain extent; Okinawa, known then as the Ryukyu Kingdom, was independent from Japan until 1879, and was part of US territory from 1945 to 1972. As a result, the culture, food, and even the language (although many do speak standard Japanese) differ vastly from those of any other region.

On Okinawa Island, places of note are the Chura-umi Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world and home to the whale shark, as well as ancient Ryukyu castle ruins, most notably Shuri-jo. Buy your souvenirs at Kokusai-dori, Okinawa’s main street.

Off the main island, the Yaeyama and Miyako Islands have Japan’s most pristine beaches, while retaining traditional Okinawan culture. 

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