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Tropical paradise and a unique culture

About Okinawa
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Top Attractions in Okinawa

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Upcoming Okinawa Events

Ayahashi On-The-Sea Road Race

Ayahashi On-The-Sea Road Race

Sunday - Mar 5th

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

Ryukyu Lantern Festival

Ryukyu Lantern Festival

Dec 2nd - Mar 26th

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..

14 ¥600
Yambaru Art Festival

Yambaru Art Festival

Jan 14th - Apr 9th

The Yambaru Art Festival is scheduled from mid December until mid January and the multi-venue event will showcase a wide variety..

2 Free

Where to eat in Okinawa

Captain Kangaroo Hamburger

Captain Kangaroo Hamburger


Located around 20 minutes drive from major attractions such as the Nago Pineapple Park, Nago Castle Park, and the Okinawa Churaumi..


Places to stay in Okinawa

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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
Capital Naha
Population 1,392,818
Area 2281.00 km²

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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