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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
The price is RM2,695 per night

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! (274 reviews)

"Overall the property was clean and staff was very professional and friendly. Will definitely return again"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2020

Halekulani Okinawa
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
3.5 out of 5
The price is RM292 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! (983 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
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
4 out of 5
1108 Serakaki Onnason, Onna, Okinawa
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM1,473 per night

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! (747 reviews)

"Best hotel stay ever!"…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa

Popular places to visit in Okinawa

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.

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. 

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 things to do in Okinawa

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

RM239
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

RM239
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

RM239
Per adult
Bus Tour with Shuri Castle Park, Okinawa World and Ashibinaa
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Bus Tour with Shuri Castle Park, Okinawa World and Ashibinaa

RM203
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Underwater Sightseeing Cruise from Naha
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Underwater Sightseeing Cruise from Naha

RM87
Per adult
Okinawa Zoo and Museum Admission Ticket
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Okinawa Zoo and Museum Admission Ticket

RM16
Per adult
Shurijo Castle showing night scenes, a castle and heritage architecture

Naha

Nago showing food

Nago

Ryukyu Mura featuring heritage architecture

Onna

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