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.
Nature & Wildlife
- 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
- Explore Picture-Perfect Flower Spots
- Okinawa is a flower-filled paradise, where visitors can enjoy beautiful blooms all year round / The subtropical climate of Okinawa means that the islands are filled with seasonal blooms throughout the year,
- Discover Okinawa’s Indigenous Horses
- Get to know the Yonaguni pony, an essential part of life on Yonaguni Island / On the westernmost island in the Ryukyu Archipelago live the indigenous Yonaguni ponies. Since ancient times,
- 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.
Heritage & Tradition
- 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
- Royal Hospitality and Okinawa’s Rich Performing Arts Culture
- Explore the deep world of Okinawa’s traditional performance arts and cuisine / With its infectious rhythm and energetic hand gestures, Okinawan folk music and dance is a wonderful part of spending time on the islands.
- The Beauty and Culture of the Yaeyama Islands
- Explore Okinawa’s remote islands to learn about unique island culture / The Yaeyama Islands include Ishigaki, Taketomi, Kohama, Kuroshima, Hatoma, Aragusuku (Panari), Iriomote, Yubu, and Yonaguni islands.
- Okinawa’s Local Culture and Ryukyu Heritage
- Beyond symbolic icons such as limestone castles, centenarian citizens, three-stringed sanshin, and earthen lion dogs perched on tiled rooftops, Japan’s southernmost archipelago has a distinct culture rooted in the deep history of the Ryukyu Kingdom. From eating local longevity food to natural indigo dyeing in the mountains, there are many ways visitors can engage with Okinawa’s unique cultural heritage.
Flavors of Okinawa
- Okinawa’s Premium Sugarcane Chocolate
- Learn how one bean-to-bar chocolate shop utilizes local ingredients to make decadent treats / In 2014, Timeless Chocolate, a bean-to-bar artisanal chocolate shop and cafe, opened in Mihama American Village.
- Fresh Seafood Markets
- Try the freshest daily catch at one of Okinawa’s many seafood markets / The islands of Okinawa are surrounded by warm, clear waters, teeming with fish. The tuna catch in Okinawa is among the largest in Japan,
- Dive Deep into Okinawa’s Nightlife in Koza
- Explore the unique nightlife in Koza, the epicenter of Okinawa-US fusion / There are many attractive night areas on Okinawa's main island, such as Naha’s Kokusai Street and environs, and some areas around Chatan.
- Taste Okinawa’s Vegan Cuisine
- Ukishima Garden is a restaurant that offers tasty vegan food in Naha City / Okinawa is one of the world’s “Blue Zone,” areas known for the longevity of their people. Shima yasai (literally “island vegetables”)
Shopping & Relaxation
- Fun in the Sun on Miyako Island
- Explore the incredible scenery, history, and culture of the Miyako Islands / Boasting superb natural beauty, the Miyako Islands are famous for the spectacular colors of their crystal-clear waters,
- Okinawa’s Ethical Denim
- How one Okinawan company is taking trash and weaving it into beautiful, high-quality denim / The sugarcane plant thrives in Okinawa’s warm climate and is a valuable source of sugar. Bagasse is a fibrous byproduct
- Take a Relaxing Trip to Kume Island
- Relax and feel refreshed with a tropical retreat to Kume Island / Kume Island is blessed with pure water, which might help explain its Okinawan name, Kumi no Shima, which means “most beautiful island.”
- 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.
Activities & Experiences
- Okinawa Snorkeling Guide
- Discover what you can see and where to go for some of the best snorkeling in Okinawa / Okinawa is one of the world’s most coral-rich regions. More than 200 of the world’s 800 coral species can
- A Pilgrimage to the Ruins of Tamagusuku Castle
- Follow in the footsteps of Ryukyu kings with a journey to ruins steeped in myth / Nanjo is a city in the southeast of Okinawa’s main island. It is also the location of Sefa-utaki, a World Heritage Site,
- Get to Know Naha
- These three themed tours are the perfect way to explore Okinawa’s capital / The city of Naha is multifaceted. It was the main port and trade hub in the heyday of the Ryukyu Kingdom,
- Okinawan Cuisine Market Tour and Cooking Class
- There’s no better way to learn about Okinawan cuisine than to try your hand at making it / Although I had not been in Okinawa long, I found myself time and again visiting small neighborhood restaurants so
- Presenting the Power of Okinawa “Power of Pottery”
- In Okinawa, pottery is known as “yachimun” and the beautiful colors and carefree forms make these pieces exciting, guaranteed to make serving food more fun. From Naha, it took about 50 minutes by car to get to Yomitan-son where I met the hands that craft such pottery.
- Workcation in Okinawa
- Enjoy Okinawa’s relaxed island vibes with a workcation getaway / As more and more jobs transitioned to accommodate working remotely, the concept of the “workcation” was born. With its diverse accommodation options,
- The Rural Charms of Ogimi Village
- Slow down and learn the wisdom of a long life in this quaint “village of longevity” / Okinawa Prefecture is one of the world’s “Blue Zones,” areas that have a high concentration of people who exceed the average life expectancy.
- Accessible Tourism Thrives in Okinawa
- In 2007 Okinawa drafted Japan’s first Barrier-Free Declaration, to show its continued commitment to welcoming all tourists / In 2007 Okinawa drafted Japan’s first Barrier-Free Declaration to welcome all tourists,
- Presenting the Power of Okinawa “Power of Place”
- Places like Churaumi Aquarium and Shuri Castle are wonderful to visit, that is true, but if you take one step further you can witness typical Okinawan scenery and how the people here live. Experience red-tiled roofs and coral walls, small but wonderful side paths that lead to the sea, or flavors produced in this special place called Okinawa.