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Okinawa Region

Zamami island

The image of a beach paradise, Okinawa is renowned for its clear blue warm waters and white sandy beaches perfect for sunbathing, snorkeling and diving amidst colorful reefs and schools of fish.

Apart from frolicking on shores of Maehama Beach and Yoshino Beach in Miyako Island and also the Kerama Islands, there are plenty of other attractions here. Immerse yourself in Okinawa’s culture and cuisine, which is rather different from the rest of Japan due to the area’s native Ryukyuan culture and history as a tributary Chinese state for centuries. Visit Shuri Castle, the administrative seat and residence of Ryukyuan kings with an architectural style and vermillion color scheme that’s much more Chinese than Japanese. The nation’s southernmost prefecture stretches beyond to its food as well, so indulge in dishes like the Okinawa soba, goya chanpuru and Ishigaki beef to truly enjoy the complete Okinawa experience.

Destinations in Okinawa

Okinawa