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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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Naha Tug-of-War Festival

Naha Tug-of-War Festival

Mid Oct

Every October, Naha hosts its annual Tug-of-War Festival, where competing teams face off with a 200-meter long rope – a Guinne..

Oonoyama Sports Park 2 Free

Where to eat in Okinawa

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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Places to stay in Okinawa

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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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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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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Cafe Halcyon

Cafe Halcyon

Kim B

Cafe Halcon is located in Chatan, Okinawa, right across from the Sunabe Sea Wall. The cafe serves up a range of tasty vegan eats..

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Esparza's Tacos and Coffee

Esparza's Tacos and Coffee

Kim B

Esparza's Tacos and Coffee is located in Chatan's American Village area, just minutes from the Kadena Air Base. You'll..

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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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