About Okinawa
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 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 traditional Okinawan culture remains there very much.

Things to Do in Okinawa

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Eisa in Okinawa

Living tradition

Itoman Winter Illuminations

A fairy light wonderland

Eisa of Okinawa

Tradition lives on through music and dance

Okinawa Odyssey

Explore Japan's tropical paradise in six days

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Tamie's Kitchen

An excellent vegan cafe in Okinawa's American Village

Sad to see this one is closed permanently... ;( really wanted to go here

Tokashiki Island Ferry

Your options from Naha's Tomari Port

The last ferry is 4pm, so you will have enough time. If you are running late take a taxi to Tomari Port. There are no ATMs there so take enough cash for the taxi and the ferry. Have a great trip. Please...

A Folk Story by Okukubi River

Located in Okinawa's Kin Town

Interesting!

Emerald-Blue Waters of Kabira Bay

Okinawa dream destination

Beautiful Place!