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General Information

Okinawa Island is one of Japan's veritable gems, with a wealth of intriguing attractions and breathtaking natural beauty. Under U.S. control until 1972, the island was home to several Pacific Theater battles took place at the end of World War Two. Over one-quarter of Okinawa's civilian population, in addition to tens of thousands of American and Japanese soldiers, lost their lives in one 82-day stretch in 1945 and today, the island serves as a de facto monument.

The island's population of 1.2 million is spread out over several cities and villages, the most prominent of which is Naha, the modern capital of Okinawa. Home to over 300,000 people, the city contains many fine points of interest, from UNESCO World Heritage Shuri Castle to Lake Man. Nanjō is a city of 40,000 people in south Okinawa with many excellent beaches, golf courses and a brilliant UNESCO World Heritage attraction known as Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryūkyū.

Okinawa Island History

  • Peace Memorial Park and Himeyuri Monument - Commemorates the place where the Battle of Okinawa ended.
  • Shuri Castle - One of many castles throughout Okinawa Island from the Ryukyu Kingdom.
  • The Shureimon Temple - Landmark built out of red rock and red sand by the emperor of the city during the 1700s.
  • Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims - A place in remembrance of this event during WWII.
  • Glover Garden - An open-air museum of nine homes built between the late 1800s and early 1900s for Western merchants.

Okinawa Island Art & Culture

  • Kitakyushi Museum of Natural History and Human History - A museum that features permanent and seasonal exhibits.
  • Gallery Atos - A wonderful art gallery in Naha that features Okinawan artists.
  • Kyushi National Museum - Home to the national museum.
  • Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum - Located in Naha, home to Okinawan artefacts.
  • Kyoko Art - Owned and run by Kyoto Nakamoto, a local painter.

Okinawa Island Shopping

  • Mihama American Village - Made to resemble an American beach area and includes a Ferris wheel.
  • Kokusaidori Street - A main street in Naha lined with stores, restaurants and night entertainment.
  • Mango House - A store on Okinawa Island that features popular Okinawan shirts similar to Hawaiian shirts.
  • Shintoshin District - This area includes two enclosed shopping areas and a duty free shopping zone.
  • Kokusai Street - The heart of the shopping area of Naha that branches out to the old market area.

Gay & Lesbian Okinawa Island

  • Mint Blue - A welcoming and friendly lesbian bar in Okinawa.
  • Moon Drive Cafe - A cafe bar on Okinawa Island.
  • OutJapan - A great bilingual networking site for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual visitors.
  • The Love Ball - Hosts gay parties in Naha and also features drag artists.
  • Fellow Bar - A warm and friendly place in Okinawa open until the wee hours of the night.

Okinawa Island Outdoor

  • Seifa-utaki - Rock formations that lead to a place overlooking Kudaku Island.
  • Cape Zanpa - Peninsula on the west side of Okinawa Island with a lovely beach and a lighthouse.
  • Hiji Falls - Located in the north and a great place for a hike.
  • Haneji Inland Sea - Surrounded by Yayagi Island and has especially gorgeous sunsets.
  • Cape Hedo - On the north side, featuring beautiful views from the cliffs.

Okinawa Island Sport

  • The F.C. Ryūkyū soccer team plays at the Okinawa General Athletic Stadium.
  • The Okinawa Convention Centre is home to the Ryukyu Golden Kings basketball team.
  • For a local game of handball, check out the Ryukyu Corazon handball team at the Okinawa Island National Sports Centre.
  • Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks baseball team’s home stadium is the Yahoo Dome.
  • The Okinawa Open golf tournament is played each December.

Attractions

  • Shuri Castle
  • Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryūkyū
  • Peace Memorial Park
  • Cape Hedo
  • Hiji Falls

Activities

  • Eisa Festival
  • Ocean Expo Park
  • Naha Festival
  • Zanpa Beach
  • Renaissance Beach

Restaurants

  • Ofukuro
  • Ryubi
  • Uraniwa
  • Kojaku Shokudo
  • Yogitanku

Nightlife

  • Rehab
  • Bar Dick
  • Club Cielo
  • Campnou Bar
  • Paddy Macs

Climate

Okinawa enjoys four seasons, with mild winters, very hot summers and heavy rain between May and October.

  • Winter (December to February) 3-12°C
  • Spring (March to May) 6-23°C
  • Summer (June to September) 21-31°C
  • Fall (October to November) 11-24°C

Hotels in Okinawa

Recommended hotels

1 Okinawa Miyako Hotel

4 stars
4.8 / 5 4 reviews

40 Matsugawa, Naha Map

Stay 2 Nights & Save 40%

Featuring an elegant decor and a warm hospitality, Miyako Hotel Okinawa welcomes guests for a memorable vacation. Shuri Castle, Nakagusuku Castle, Shikinaen Garden, Nakamurake Residence and Hedo... More

Awesome stay during 2015 New Year!
Very nice and comfortable hotel located at hill top with nice city scene from hotel room especially at night. Staffs are very friendly especially the valet parking. My girlfriend and I stayed there...
3 Mar 2015

2 Sunmarina Hotel Okinawa

4 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews

Fuchaku 66-1, Onna son Map

Book 14 Days In Advance & Save 15%

Featuring a seamless fusion of stylish spaces and inviting ambience situated in an enviable beachfront location, Sunmarina Hotel Okinawa creates an ideal retreat for discerning travellers in... More

Great hotel for family trip
The rooms are spacious. Nice facilities within the hotel for family trips. Beach just nextto the hotel. Hotel in great location if you are going to travel in the middle or north parts of the...
15 Jun 2014

3 Loisir Hotel Naha

4 stars
5.0 / 5

3-2-1 Nishi, Naha Map

Book 28 Days In Advance & Save 10%

Loisir Hotel Naha Okinawa offers a remarkably versatile experience with its fusion of elegant guest rooms, warm hospitable service, and central location. GeneralThe conference room provided onsite... More

4 Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort

4 stars
4.5 / 5

40-1 Mihama, Chatan-cho Map

Early Saver - Save up to 30% on your stay

Discerning travellers in a corporate trip or vacation in this side of Okinawa find suitable base at the deluxe accommodations and close-to-the-beach location of Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort. After... More

5 Crowne Plaza ANA OKINAWA HARBORVIEW

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

2-46 IZUMIZAKI Map

Offering a warm welcome, the Okinawa Harborview Crowne Plaza is a perfect venue for a pleasant as well as an unforgettable holiday. GeneralThe Okinawa Harborview Crowne Plaza has a range of... More

6 DoubleTree by Hilton Naha

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

3-15 Higashi-machi Map

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Naha welcomes travellers on business or leisure to comfortable accommodations set in a convenient Naha location. Aside from joining trade fairs and exhibitions at Okinawa... More

Excellent
Front desk staff was very efficient & helpfull on our arrival. Location of hotel is very strategic. It is next to the monorail & Naha bus terminal. Getting around Naha is very convenient. There are...
10 Jan 2014

7 Mercure Okinawa Naha

3 stars
5.0 / 5

3-3-19 Tsubogawa Map

Located right in front of Tsubogawa Mono Rail station, the hotel looks over the Ounoyama Park across the Kokuba River and is around 10 minutes from Naha Airport by monorail, car or Taxi. A short... More

8 The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa

5 stars
5.0 / 5

1343-1 Kise Map

Rate Includes Breakfast

Tucked away in the outskirts of Okinawa, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Okinawa offers a peaceful retreat for discerning travellers looking to explore this island in China. While in the area, tourists can... More

9 Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

1490-1 Kise Nago-shi Map

Rate includes breakfast

Whether guests are visiting Okinawa Island for a leisurely vacation or for a demanding corporate schedule; Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa with its spectacular accommodations and services takes care... More

10 InterContinental ANA MANZA BEACH RESORT

5 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

2260 SERAGAKI AZA,ONNA-SON, KU-NIGAMI-GUN Map

An ideal place in the city of Okinawa Island, this hotel offers a warm welcome, pleasant ambience and convenient facilities. GeneralGuests travelling on business purpose can make use of the... More

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