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Okinawa

Travel Guide
Busena Marine Park which includes general coastal views

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.

Where to stay in Okinawa

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
The price is SG$114 per night from 31 Aug to 31 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Naha hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Tomari Port, Midorigaoka Park and Sogenji Temple. Kokusai Dori and Fukushu-en ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,023 reviews)
"The pool is a great feature but it tends to be very crowded during all open hours and there are few seating options around the pool area. No lounge chairs."

Reviewed on 26 Jul,2021

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
The price is SG$1,151 per night from 31 Aug to 31 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Onna hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Busena Marine Park and Kariyushi Beach. Busena Beach and Kibogaoka Entrance ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (724 reviews)
"Beautiful location and well maintained hotel. Staff is extremely attentive and helpful. Will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 13 Jul,2021

Halekulani Okinawa
Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay
Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay
4 out of 5
1496 Tancha, Kunigami, Onna, Okinawa-ken
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$147 per night from 29 Aug to 29 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Nestled on the beach, this Onna resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tiger Beach and Nakadomari Site. Iha Castle Ruins and Bios no Oka Nature Park are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,750 reviews)
"Excellent hotel with professional staff and services. If you miss the buffet breakfast, you can have the buffet lunch instead. The only negative thing about the hotel was the bed and the blanket. It was hard and uncomfortable."

Reviewed on 21 Jul,2021

Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay
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Family Condo Chatan Hills by Coldio Premium
Family Condo Chatan Hills by Coldio Premium
3.5 out of 5
Ihei 557-2, Chatan, Okinawa
The price is SG$129 per night from 3 Aug to 3 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Chatan, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from American Village and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Kadena Air Base. Okinawa Convention Center and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
"Felt new. Very clean."

Reviewed on 1 Jul,2021

Family Condo Chatan Hills by Coldio Premium
Ala MAHAINA CONDO HOTEL
Ala MAHAINA CONDO HOTEL
3.5 out of 5
1421-1 Yamakawa, Motobu, Okinawa
The price is SG$409 per night from 26 Aug to 26 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Okinawa Hanasaki Marche and Ocean Expo Memorial Park. Okinawa Churaumi ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (203 reviews)
"Lovely stay"

Reviewed on 22 Feb,2020

Ala MAHAINA CONDO HOTEL
United Resort Yomitan
United Resort Yomitan
2.5 out of 5
538-1 Senaha, Yomitan, Okinawa-ken
The price is SG$181 per night from 17 Aug to 17 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated near the beach, this condo is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Nagahama Beach and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Cape Zanpa. Okinawakaigan Quasi-National Park and Zakimi ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (336 reviews)
"All rooms were very clean and kitchen was wide and easy to use. I will definitely stay there again."

Reviewed on 6 Jan,2021

United Resort Yomitan
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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