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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Itoman Winter Illuminations

A fairy light wonderland

Wow! Beautiful :)

Eisa in Okinawa

Living tradition

Interesting. I would love to visit Okinawa soon. Many friends told me that they felt outside Japan when they were there.

Terme Villa Chula-U, Naha

Get pampered without spending a fortune

The fish spa is often called Dr Fish )) Don't think I'd like to try!

Ogimi Village

Okinawa's Village of Longevity

I'll definitely visit this place when I'm in Japan, to see the beauty of nature and get inspired by these wonderful people :)