region image
20°

Okinawa

Tropical paradise and a unique culture

About Okinawa

Top Attractions in Okinawa

Okinawa Top 10

Upcoming Okinawa Events

Okinawa International Movie Festival

Okinawa International Movie Festival

Apr 16 - Apr 19th

The annual Okinawa International Movie Festival is a chance to showcase both international and domestic films, and highlight the..

Various venues across Okinawa.. 2
Yuri Matsuri - Lily Festival on Ie

Yuri Matsuri - Lily Festival on Ie

Apr 25 - May 6th

Catch a blooming field of lilies at the annual Yuri Matsuri Lily Festival on Ie Island in Okinawa

Ie, Kunigami District 3 Free

Where to eat in Okinawa

Jimmy's Bakery 8

Jimmy's Bakery

Michael Flemming

Jimmy's Bakery Company is an Okinawan company with roots established in 1956 when the founder invested his experience and observations..

1
Hotto Motto 8

Hotto Motto

Michael Flemming

Hotto Motto is the largest take out only restaurant chain in Japan offering inexpensive freshly prepared meal sets just minutes..

Places to stay in Okinawa

Latest

Okinawa's Northern Coast 6

Okinawa's Northern Coast

Kim B

Okinawa's Northern Coast has some spectacular beaches, and Okuma is one of the best. Crystal clear water, minimal crowds, and..

7
Close

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.

Around Okinawa

Close