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Southern Okinawa Main Island

Explore living history and modern convenience in Okinawa’s cultural heart

Southern Okinawa is the beating heart of the culture of the islands, home to the capitals of both the Ryukyu Kingdom, Shuri, and the modern prefecture, Naha. Explore the history of the royal family at Shurijo Castle Park and the Tamaudun Royal Mausoleum, and immerse yourself in spirituality at Sefa-utaki, one of the island’s most sacred places. Enjoy shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife in Naha. Head further south to Itoman or Nanjo to immerse yourself in nature—sprawling limestone caves, pristine beaches, and more—and reflect on Okinawa’s somber WWII history.

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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.
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