Okinawa

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Visit Okinawa

Recharge on stunning white beaches, walk around historic castles and visit one of the world’s largest aquariums on this tropical island in the south of Japan.

Okinawa is a rare tropical paradise that mixes a beach-going culture with a preservation of the past. Try exciting watersport, tan on white-sand beaches, watch whale sharks gliding in an aquarium or visit a castle that once protected the archipelago’s rulers.

Okinawa is the main island of the Okinawa Prefecture, an archipelago of 160 islands south of mainland Japan. Its main access point is Naha, a busy urban sprawl that also serves as the region’s capital. Find shopping, food and crowds along Kokusai-Dori, Naha’s main street. While here, taste Okinawan soba, a soup-noodle dish famous to the area.

Not far from town, the hilltop Shuri Castle reminds visitors of the island’s ancient history. Take a short drive south from Naha to the Peace Memorial Park, where monuments pay tribute to the quarter of a million American and Japanese civilians and soldiers who died here in World War II. It was one of the Pacific’s most fierce battles.

To the north, the Ocean Expo Park gives visitors the chance to learn about the archipelago’s marine life. See whale sharks cruising alongside tropical fish at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, home to one of the world’s biggest fish tanks. Nearby attractions such as a re-creation of a 17th-century Okinawan village and a botanical garden boasting more than 2,000 orchids make northern Okinawa a satisfying daytrip destination.

The island features miles of popular and less-crowded beaches that are a great to visit throughout summer. The best swimming months are between April and October. Scuba dive amongst rock formations at Mission Beach or enjoy views from the lighthouse at Cape Zanpa.

Not far from the coast, walk to the Hiji Waterfall or traverse stunning pineapple fields in Nago Pineapple Park. Follow subterranean streams of photograph stalactites at Gyokusendo Cave.

Fly into Reach Okinawa’s Naha Airport from Japan or China. Get around the city by bus. Alternatively, rent a car (or moped) to travel further afield. Tours can be booked through Naha’s travel agencies.

Top hotels in Okinawa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
4 out of 5
1108 Serakaki Onnason, Onna, Okinawa
SG$183
per night
Jan 30 - Jan 31

Located in Onna, this beachfront hotel is in a regional park, 1.8 mi (3 km) from Cape Manza, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Kise Country Club and Ryukyu Mura. Blue ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (611 reviews)

"The hotel has excellent Japanese restaurants on site, and the club lounge offers great breakfast. Staffs are very nice & it's an easy drive to many tourists spots."…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec,2019

Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
APA Hotel Naha
APA Hotel Naha
3 out of 5
1-4-16,Matsuyama, Naha, Okinawa-ken
SG$73
per night
Jan 21 - Jan 22

Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port. Shurijo Castle and DFS Galleria Okinawa are also within 3 ...

3.6/5Good! (1,297 reviews)

"Location is good and hotel is acceptable for the price. Not all staff speak English and communication can be difficult. Overall value for money hotel"…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan,2020

APA Hotel Naha
Southern Beach Hotel & Resort OKINAWA
Southern Beach Hotel & Resort OKINAWA
4 out of 5
1-6-1 Nishizaki, Itoman, Okinawa
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
SG$95
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1

Offering direct access to the beach, this Itoman resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bibi Beach, Okinawa Outlet Mall Ashibinaa and Toyosaki Chura Sun Beach. Ryukyu ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,531 reviews)

"Stayed one night during family vacation in December. Hotel is located south of Naha, near the airport and the outlet mall. Staff are friendly and helpful. There’s a carpark next to the hotel, but the walk back to the hotel building is unsheltered. Rooms are a decent size, clean and comfortable. There’s ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan,2020

Southern Beach Hotel & Resort OKINAWA

Popular things to do in Okinawa

Kokusai Dori
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Kokusai Dori

5/5(5 reviews)

Naha’s lively main street is home to an array of superb restaurants, souvenir shops and galleries selling fine glassware. 

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

5/5(5 reviews)

Marvel at huge whale sharks in one of the world’s largest aquariums at this marine center that recreates the aquatic environment of Okinawa’s waters.

American Village
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American Village

4.5/5(7 reviews)

This American-style mall offers a huge selection of shopping and entertainment options as well as one of the biggest amusement parks on Okinawa. 

Top activities in Okinawa

Unlimited Japan WiFi P/U Naha Airport + Mobile battery
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Unlimited Japan WiFi P/U Naha Airport + Mobile battery

SG$5

Our WiFi hotspot uses the local carrier, providing you with fast and reliable internet where ever you travel in the county. This device can only be used in Japan A WiFi hotspot provides portable WiFi whenever you need it for your smartphone, PC and tablet device.

Unlimited 4G-LTE WiFi in Naha Airport + FREE Power Bank
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Unlimited 4G-LTE WiFi in Naha Airport + FREE Power Bank

SG$5

Use this unlimited pocket WiFi router across Japan. The router provides 4G/LTE high-speed data connection that can connect up to 10 devices. Pick-up and return available at Naha Airport Baggage Storage counter located in the international terminal .

Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Busena Marine Park
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Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Busena Marine Park

SG$74

Unlock the charms of Okinawa during a full-day sightseeing tour to some of the island's most popular sights. The ideal tour for ocean-lovers, this excursion makes stops at Kouri Island, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and Busena Marine Park to peer beneath the surface of the sea.

Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Nago Pineapple Park
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Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Nago Pineapple Park

SG$74

Make the most of your stay in Okinawa during a sightseeing tour that leads you to a selection of the tropical island's top sites. Tune in to an audio-guide offered in multiple languages while cruising to idyllic destinations like Nago Pineapple Park, Kouri Island, and the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Dai Sekirinzan Park
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Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Dai Sekirinzan Park

SG$74

Fall head over heels for Okinawa during a sightseeing tour that covers the best of the prefecture in a single day. Nature aficionados rejoice during this tour that includes a scenic stop at Cape Hedo, a gentle trek through Dai Sekirinzan Park, and admission to Okinawa's world-class aquarium.

Bus Tour with Sefa Utaki, Okinawa World & Kingdom Village
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Bus Tour with Sefa Utaki, Okinawa World & Kingdom Village

SG$68

Experience Okinawa like never before during a sightseeing tour to attractions like Sefa Utaki, Okinawa World, and the Ryukyu Glass Village. Soak up Okinawa's flavor and see the best of the island destination in a single day, tuning in to an audio-guide to complement your adventures.

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Get outdoors in Okinawa
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Get outdoors in Okinawa

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Cultural immersion in Okinawa
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Cultural immersion in Okinawa

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