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Naha

The capital city of Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture is full of fascinating markets and historic sites, such as the impeccably recreated Shuri Castle.

Naha is the charming capital city of Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture. With coastal views of the East China Sea, this city is one of the island’s economic, political and cultural hubs.

Shuri Castle is Naha’s biggest attraction. The compound was originally built as a palace for the Ryukyu Kingdom. During World War II, the castle and its tunnels served as a major command post of the Imperial Japanese forces until its destruction in the Battle of Okinawa. The entire castle was meticulously reconstructed based on historical records and photos.

Featuring several heritage attractions, Shuri Castle has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at the ornate beauty of Shureimon, one of Shuri Castle’s main gates. Explore the serene gardens of Shikinaen, a vacation villa for royals and dignitaries. See the faithful replica of the Bridge of Nations Bell, originally cast in 1458 to celebrate Ryukyu’s success in maritime trade.

Enjoy a day on the beach at Naminoue Beach. Swim, sunbathe, take a scuba diving lesson or go kiteboarding. Don’t miss the Naminouegu Shrine. Sitting high atop a bluff overlooking the beach, this Shinto shrine is the most iconic in the prefecture.

You can buy almost anything imaginable at Makishi Public Market. Nicknamed “the kitchen of Naha”, this area began as a black market after World War II and is now home to hundreds of shops. A vast diversity of produce is available for purchase, including local specialties like sea snake and island vegetables. Bring your fresh purchases to the 2nd floor to be cooked by traditional Japanese chefs.

Kokusai Dori is known as Naha’s “international road.” Stretching through the city, this street is home to a variety of shops and restaurants. After the sun goes down, it is the epicenter of Naha’s nightlife.

Naha Airport is Okinawa’s largest airport and a hub for domestic and international flights. From the airport, take the Okinawa Monorail to Naha and Shuri Castle.

Top hotels in Naha

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
3.5 out of 5
The price is RM271 per night

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

4.3/5Excellent! (1,002 reviews)

"Excellent: Executive suite stay gives you free access to a small self-serve bar on 9th floor. Orion beer on tap, several jugs of awamori, and wines. Not so excellent: roof top swimming pool closed die to COVID19."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jun 2020

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
Mercure Okinawa Naha
Mercure Okinawa Naha
3.5 out of 5
The price is RM210 per night

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

4.3/5Excellent! (1,342 reviews)

"Good location, very easy to access monorail station. Very clean, but it smells like hospital(maybe because THE VIRUS measure)"…"

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2020

Mercure Okinawa Naha
Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa
Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
1-5 Kume 2 Chome, Naha, Okinawa-ken
The price is RM291 per night

Located in Naha City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port. Shurijo Castle and Senaga Island are also within 6 mi (10 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,252 reviews)

"特筆不便のない、いいホテルでした。 しいてあげるなら駐車場の個数が少ないように思います。大変いいホテルでした。"…"

Reviewed on 2 Jul 2020

Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa

Popular places to visit in Naha

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. 

Shurijo Castle
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Shurijo Castle

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Take a tour of this lavishly decorated hilltop castle that was home to powerful Japanese kings for more than 400 years.

Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum
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Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum

One of Japan’s most impressive museums is located within the confines of this colossal stone castle.

Top things to do in Naha

Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Manza Submarine Jr
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Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Manza Submarine Jr

RM238
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Dai Sekirinzan Park
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Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Dai Sekirinzan Park

RM238
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Nago Pineapple Park
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Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Nago Pineapple Park

RM238
Per adult
Okinawa MOBY DICK Dinner Cruise
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Okinawa MOBY DICK Dinner Cruise

RM96
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

RM17
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Taste of Okinawa Cooking Experience and Historic Market Tour
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Taste of Okinawa Cooking Experience and Historic Market Tour

RM270
Per adult