region image
27°

Okinawa

Tropical paradise and a unique culture

About Okinawa
Photo: Roxanne LW | JT

Top Attractions in Okinawa

Okinawa Top 10

Where to eat in Okinawa

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..

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

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..

2
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,..

3

Latest Okinawa Reports

Naha Airport

Naha Airport

Kim B

Okinawa's Naha Airport is Japan's 7th busiest airport, and offers a range of both domestic and international routes. There..

4
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..

8
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..

5
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