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Okinawa

Tropical paradise and a unique culture

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

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

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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 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 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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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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Upcoming Okinawa Events

Ryukyu Lantern Festival

Ryukyu Lantern Festival

Bonson Lam

It is said that in many moons ago in China, women were not allowed out of the house at night, except on the 15th day of the C...

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Nago Cherry Blossom Festival

Nago Cherry Blossom Festival

Kim B

Being Japan's southernmost prefecture, Okinawa's cherry blossoms, or sakura, bloom in the months of January and February. A w...

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Where to eat in Okinawa

Tamagusuku Coffee Roasters

Tamagusuku Coffee Roasters

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Tamagusuku Coffee Roasters often gets touted as some of Okinawa's best coffee. With a range of light, medium, and dark roasts...

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Esparza's Tacos and Coffee

Esparza's Tacos and Coffee

Kim B

Esparza's Tacos and Coffee is located in Chatan's American Village area, just minutes from the Kadena Air Base. You'll find a...

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Cafe Niceness

Cafe Niceness

Kim B

Cafe Niceness is located in Nago, Okinawa, and serves a completely vegan menu which is also free of chemical seasonings and a...

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Places to stay in Okinawa

Route-Inn Naha Tomariko

Route-Inn Naha Tomariko

Senén Germade

Hotel Route-Inn Naha Tomariko has a fantastic location in Naha city. One of my favorite places in the hotel is, with no doubt...

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Latest Okinawa Reports

Tamagusuku Coffee Roasters

Tamagusuku Coffee Roasters

Kim B

Tamagusuku Coffee Roasters often gets touted as some of Okinawa's best coffee. With a range of light, medium, and dark roasts...

Okinawa
Esparza's Tacos and Coffee

Esparza's Tacos and Coffee

Kim B

Esparza's Tacos and Coffee is located in Chatan's American Village area, just minutes from the Kadena Air Base. You'll find a...

Okinawa
Cafe Niceness

Cafe Niceness

Kim B

Cafe Niceness is located in Nago, Okinawa, and serves a completely vegan menu which is also free of chemical seasonings and a...

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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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