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Okinawa

Tropical paradise and a unique culture

About Okinawa
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Itoman Winter Illuminations

Itoman Winter Illuminations

Mid Dec - Early Jan

Itoman illumination is kind of a giant music box, every child's dream come true. There are car and panda car rides for kids,..

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Seventeen Cafe: Okinawa

Seventeen Cafe: Okinawa

Dec 3rd - Jan 4th

A pop-up cafe dedicated to the K-Pop band Seventeen is taking place in Naha City, Okinawa, as well as several other locations across..

Modern Ryukyu Lacquerware Exhibition

Modern Ryukyu Lacquerware Exhibition

Sep 23rd - Jan 17th

A special exhibition taking place at the Urasoe Art Museum in Okinawa looks at the works of contemporary Okinawan lacquerware artists...

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Where to eat in Okinawa

Better Girl

Better Girl

Sherilyn Siy

Better Girl, a breakfast cafe at the heart of Naha City in Okinawa that aspires to do the sandwich right. They're serious enough..

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Cafe and Gallery Umito

Cafe and Gallery Umito

Sherilyn Siy

Retiring in Okinawa in a lovely Ryukyu inspired house with grand views of the ocean while keeping busy running a weekend cafe ..

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Doraemon

Doraemon

Sherilyn Siy

Doraemon is located off the popular shopping street, Kokusaidori, in Naha. It serves unpretentious Okinawa soba topped with tender..

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Places to stay in Okinawa

ANA Manza Beach Resort

ANA Manza Beach Resort

Mandy Bartok

The ANA Intercontinental Manza Beach Resort is perfectly situated on the eastern side of Okinawa to enjoy stunning sunsets on the..

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Latest Okinawa Reports

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..

Gushikawa Castle Ruins

Gushikawa Castle Ruins

Sherilyn Siy

The ruins sit 17 meters above sea level on a cliff west of Cape Kyan on the southern tip of Okinawa's mainland. The defensive..

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Kishimoto Shokudo

Kishimoto Shokudo

Sherilyn Siy

For over 115 years, three generations of Nakahodo family members have been making Okinawa soba noodles the traditional way -- that..

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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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