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
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
SG$106
per night
27 Nov-28 Nov

Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tomari Port and Kokusai Dori. Midorigaoka Park and Sogenji Temple are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (790 reviews)

"Stay on the executive floor. ALL THE DRINKS INCLUDED!"…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct,2019

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
Mercure Okinawa Naha
Mercure Okinawa Naha
3.5 out of 5
3 3 19 Tsubogawa, Naha, Okinawa-ken
SG$97
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

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

4.2/5Very Good! (3,321 reviews)

"The room we assigned which facing the the post office is quite noisy that you couldn’t even take a nap."…"

Reviewed on 11 Nov,2019

Mercure Okinawa Naha
Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa
Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa
3.5 out of 5
9-22 Mihama, Chatan Cho, Nakagami-gun, Chatan, Okinawa-ken
SG$129
per night
17 Nov-18 Nov

Located in Mihama, this hotel is steps away from Depot Island, American Village and Sunset Beach. American Depot and Terme Villa Churayu are also within 10 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,004 reviews)

"Great location in American Village and right next to the public beach. The hotel is very clean and the staff are friendly. The breakfast is GREAT! A lot to choose from to satisfy everyone's taste. But The bed's are hard - which is great if you like a hard bed. The pool costs extra - $10 per day In-room ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Oct,2019

Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa

Popular things to do in Okinawa

Kokusai Dori
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Kokusai Dori

5/5(4 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(6 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 WiFi in Japan pick up at Naha Airport
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Unlimited WiFi in Japan pick up at Naha Airport

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.

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$75

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$75

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$75

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.

Unlimited WiFi Router Hotspot Naha (Okinawa) Airport 4G LTE
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Unlimited WiFi Router Hotspot Naha (Okinawa) Airport 4G LTE

SG$29

Use this unlimited WiFi pocket router across Japan. The router has 4G LTE speed and can be used as a portable hotspot that can connect up to 10 devices. Pick-up available at Naha Airport, Domestic Terminal Access 4G LTE WiFi across Japan with this pocket router that connects to the Softbank Network.

Sightseeing Bus Tour with Shuri Castle, Okinawa World & Kingdom Village
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Sightseeing Bus Tour with Shuri Castle, Okinawa World & Kingdom Village

SG$68

Experience Okinawa like never before during a sightseeing tour to attractions like Shuri Castle, 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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