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Okinawa

Tropical paradise and a unique culture

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Okinawa Tropical Illuminations 2023-2024

Okinawa Tropical Illuminations 2023-2024

Oct 27th - May 26th

The Okinawa Tropical Illumination at Southeast Botanical Gardens is one of the country's top illumination events, ranking third..

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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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Nago Grocery Store

Peter Lin

Nago Grocery Store is a special souvenir shop and cafe in downtown Nago. It is a perfect place to pick up housewares, art prints,..

Four Seasons Steak House

Four Seasons Steak House

Bonson Lam

Scratch beneath for the story of the American Village, of Okinawans making a new life going in Argentina, of encounters with the..

Okinawa Goat Misaki

Okinawa Goat Misaki

Bonson Lam

What do you call a goat of wisdom and stamina? From the Maritime Silk Road to the byways of Sakae Machi, the past and present meet,..

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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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