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Okinawa

Tropical paradise and a unique culture

About Okinawa
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Paantu Festival in Okinawa

Paantu Festival in Okinawa

Early Oct

Okinawa's Miyakojima island celebrates the Paantu festival – an ancient form of exorcism involving supernatural creatures,..

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Where to eat in Okinawa

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..

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Good Day Coffee

Good Day Coffee

Kim B

Okinawa's Good Day Coffee draws inspiration from Australian cafe culture. Opening from 6 am, the coffee here comes from a roastery..

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Places to stay in Okinawa

ANA Manza Beach Resort

ANA Manza Beach Resort

Mandy Bartok

The ANA Intercontinental Manza Beach Resort is perfectly situated on the eastern side of Okinawa to enjoy stunning sunsets on the..

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Okinawa Grand Mer Resort

Okinawa Grand Mer Resort

Bonson Lam

The staff here have called this island home for several generations, making them a great source of local history and culture. ..

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Hyakuna Garan Resort & Spa

Hyakuna Garan Resort & Spa

Bonson Lam

Like many relics of Okinawan heritage that survived the passage of time, this resort looks a bit like a fortress from the outside,..

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Latest Okinawa Reports

Bloom Coffee Okinawa

Bloom Coffee Okinawa

Kim B

Bloom Coffee in Okinawa offers a range of different eats and drinks, including the menu favorite - the Okinawan Brown Sugar latte...

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Made in Okinawa

Made in Okinawa

Sherilyn Siy

Sometimes, when travel is not possible (crossing prefectures is still strongly discouraged at the moment), local food can mana..

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LaLa Zorba

LaLa Zorba

Kim B

LaLa Zorba is based in Naha, Okinawa, close to the famous Kokusai Dori. The restaurant serves a range of plant-based fare, with..

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About 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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