okinawa main island

Okinawa Main Island

Okinawa’s largest island is home to national parks, World Heritage sites, and iconic island culture

Okinawa’s main island is the largest and most populated of its many beautiful islands. It stretches more than 100 kilometers north-south, and is surrounded by many small islands, some of which can be accessed via bridges. From the dramatic karst landscapes and thick forests of the north, to the chic seafront promenades in Chatan and the ramparts of former castles at places like Shurijo Castle Park in the south, the landscape of the main island varies from region to region. The north is known for Yambaru National Park, and the many high-end resort hotels that hug the coastline of Onna Village. The central region preserves Okinawa’s pottery heritage, and boasts oceanfront entertainment complexes. The south is home to Ryukuan heritage, WWII battle sites, and Okinawa’s capital city, Naha.

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With so much to see and do across 160 different islands, deciding what to do is not always easy. Browse recommended trips, new and trending attractions, travel stories and guides. Be inspired by Okinawa.

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Cherry Blossoms in Okinawa
Okinawa sees the earliest blooming cherry blossoms in all Japan, and offers great sightseeing opportunities in spring / The arrival of cherry blossoms is the highlight of the Japanese year.
yambaru national park tour
Yanbaru—Getting Back to Nature
Explore the forests, mangroves, waterfalls, and unique wildlife of Yambaru National Park. Paddle through mangroves and take a guided night walk to spot rare fauna. / Lush green forests, mangroves, waterfalls, and
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Shurijo Castle’s Road to Recovery
Shurijo Castle’s road to recovery is long, but visitors can witness every step of progress / On October 31, 2019, a large fire at Shurijo Castle destroyed nine structures, including the Seiden (Main Hall).
okinawan awamori
Tracing the Roots of Awamori
Discover the depth and history of awamori, Okinawa’s representative distilled spirit / A quick ride on the Yui Rail, and once again I found myself in Shuri, Naha’s old city, the heart of Okinawan culture and history.
relaxing retreats in okinawa
Relaxing Retreats in Northern Okinawa
Find out why northern Okinawa is the perfect place to get off the beaten path in a post-COVID world / As we carefully plan travel in a post-COVID world, personal health and safety have become our top priorities.
ocean inspired plate
Ishigaki Island—Traditions Inspired by the Sea
A guide to the rich traditions and vibrant culture of the Yaeyama Islands / Ishigaki is one of the Yaeyama Islands, and home to the southernmost city in Japan. In addition to picture-perfect
explore naha by bicycle
Explore Naha by Bicycle
Explore the sights and streets of Okinawa’s capital city by bicycle / Naha City has an excellent public transportation system. There’s a new bus center, and the Yui Rail urban monorail connects the airport with