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Northern Okinawa Main Island

Resort islands, remote capes, forest adventures, and authentic villages await in the north

Dotted with small towns and villages, and home to Yambaru National Park, the north offers outdoor activities and nature excursions alongside historic sites and island-hopping opportunities—all at a relaxed, leisurely pace. Indulge yourself at a luxury resort on the Onna Coast. Sightsee around the Motobu Peninsula, and drive across to Kouri island or Sesoko Island to relax at the beach or enjoy marine activities. Alternatively, explore the lush forests and rugged karst landscapes of Yanbaru.

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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.

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.
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
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).
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 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.
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 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