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Tropical paradise and a unique culture

About Okinawa
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How to Read Western Paintings

How to Read Western Paintings

Dec 15th - Jan 31st

A special event taking place at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum will exhibit a variety of masterpieces from the Tokyo..

Ayahashi On-The-Sea Road Race

Ayahashi On-The-Sea Road Race

Late Mar

Ayahashi annual on-the-sea road race, for both competitors and social runners; family-friendly

Ryukyu Lantern Festival

Ryukyu Lantern Festival

Dec 4th - Mar 28th

It is said that in many moons ago in China, women were not allowed out of the house at night, except on the 15th day of the Ch..

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Where to eat in Okinawa

Awamori and Pork Curry

Awamori and Pork Curry

Bonson Lam

Curcuma or Tumeric, is ancient wisdom, providing pain relief for arthritis. Experience a meal that has been six hundred years in..

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

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Teishoku Naritaya

Teishoku Naritaya

Sherilyn Siy

From the outside, Naritaya could easily be mistaken for a chain restaurant. But there is only one Naritaya, located in Ginowan..


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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