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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
Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
SG$537
per night
5 Apr-6 Apr

This family-friendly Onna hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kibogaoka Entrance Mae Beach and Kariyushi Beach. Busena Beach and Mission Beach ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (184 reviews)

"The concierge service is greatly helpful. Special thanks to Kazu san who has been very helpful and caring. We had a memorable stay at the hotel."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar,2020

Halekulani Okinawa
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
4 out of 5
1108 Serakaki Onnason, Onna, Okinawa
SG$247
per night
16 Apr-17 Apr

Located in Onna, this beachfront hotel is in a regional park, 1.8 mi (3 km) from Cape Manza, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kise Country Club and Ryukyu Mura. Blue ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (693 reviews)

"Best hotel stay ever!"…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar,2020

Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
APA Hotel Naha
APA Hotel Naha
3 out of 5
1-4-16,Matsuyama, Naha, Okinawa-ken
SG$60
per night
5 Apr-6 Apr

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! (1,397 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

Popular things to do in Okinawa

Kokusai Dori
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Kokusai Dori

5/5(6 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(7 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(10 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

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

74% of travellers recommend
SG$6
Per adult
Unlimited 4G-LTE WiFi in Naha Airport + FREE Power Bank
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Unlimited 4G-LTE WiFi in Naha Airport + FREE Power Bank

100% of travellers recommend
SG$6
Per adult
Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Busena Marine Park
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Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Busena Marine Park

78% of travellers recommend
SG$79
Per adult
Bus Tour with Sefa Utaki, Okinawa World & Kingdom Village
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Bus Tour with Sefa Utaki, Okinawa World & Kingdom Village

74% of travellers recommend
SG$72
Per adult
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$78
Per adult
Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Dai Sekirinzan Park
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Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Dai Sekirinzan Park

78% of travellers recommend
SG$78
Per adult

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