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Okinawa

Tropical paradise and a unique culture

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Paantu Festival in Okinawa

Paantu Festival in Okinawa

Sarah Koh

Okinawa's Miyakojima island celebrates the Paantu festival – an ancient form of exorcism involving supernatural creatures,..

Saturday - Oct 5th 2 Free
Naha Tug-of-War Festival

Naha Tug-of-War Festival

Guilhem Malfre

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 Oct 12th - Oct 14th 2 Free

Where to eat in Okinawa

Green Leaf

Green Leaf

Jannine Myers

New to residents living in the Chatan area is the recently opened organic store, Green Leaf

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Places to stay in Okinawa

Beach Rock Village, Part One

Beach Rock Village, Part One

J Muzacz

Beach Rock Village has various types of accommodation facilities such as cottages, which are managed with 100% natural energy, nomadic..

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Okinawa's Northern Coast 6

Okinawa's Northern Coast

Kim B

Okinawa's Northern Coast has some spectacular beaches, and Okuma is one of the best. Crystal clear water, minimal crowds, and..

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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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