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Okinawa

Tropical paradise and a unique culture

About Okinawa
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Paantu Festival in Okinawa

Paantu Festival in Okinawa

Early Oct

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

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Naha Tug-of-War Festival

Naha Tug-of-War Festival

Mid Oct

Every October, Naha hosts its annual Tug-of-War Festival, where competing teams face off with a 200-meter long rope – a Guinne..

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Where to eat in Okinawa

Chili's too 9

Chili's too

Michael Flemming

Introduced to international audiences in the Fat Bastard "Get in my belly" scene of the 1999 Austin Powers movie, and to Americans..

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Jimmy's Bakery 8

Jimmy's Bakery

Michael Flemming

Jimmy's Bakery Company is an Okinawan company with roots established in 1956 when the founder invested his experience and observations..

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Places to stay in Okinawa

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Miyako Airport

Miyako Airport

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Recently, Miyakojima in Okinawa was named as one of TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice award winners in the emerging destinations..

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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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