Whether it is your first time to Okinawa or your fifth, these iconic destinations have something for everyone, from family-friendly fun and beachside bliss to active adventure.
Nature & Wildlife
- Okinawa and SDGs
- Learn how Okinawa is doing its part to promote sustainable development goals / Sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a call to action for all countries to preserve the environment, put an end to poverty,
- 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,
- Family Fun in Yambaru National Park
- Enjoy local flavors, natural beauty, and family fun in northern Okinawa / Home to the magnificent Yambaru National Park, the northern part of Okinawa Island is an area rich in natural beauty and rare wildlife. Spend an enjoyable day in this exciting part of 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.
Heritage & Tradition
- Discover Eisa—Okinawa’s Traditional Dance
- Summer in Okinawa is synonymous with eisa, the islands’ vibrant folk dance / Obon is a celebration that is a quintessential part of summer in Japan. Held in mid-August, it is a time when the entire
- Ushiorase—Okinawan Bullfighting
- Experience the exciting tradition of ushiorase—Okinawan-style bullfighting / Ushiorase is an Okinawan style of bullfighting where two bulls lock horns in competition with each other in an arena,
- Discover the History of Okinawa
- How Okinawa developed from an ancient kingdom to a modern beacon of peace / For 450 years, before becoming Okinawa Prefecture in 1879, Okinawa was an independent nation called the Ryukyu Kingdom.
- 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.
Flavors of Okinawa
- 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.
- 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.
- 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,
- 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.
Shopping & Relaxation
- Relax and Explore Ie Island
- Spend some time on Ie Island, a great place for relaxation or adventure / Ie Island is just a 30-minute ferry ride from the main island of Okinawa, and a perfect place to spend a day or weekend exploring and relaxing.
- 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,
- 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.”
- Okinawan Products for the New Normal
- These hand sanitizers offer gentle, effective protection utilizing local, natural ingredients / The spread of COVID-19 has led to a new normal for everyone, which includes regular use of antibacterial products.
Activities & Experiences
- 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
- 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,
- 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,
- 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
- Contribute to Okinawa’s Sustainability with Responsible Travel
- Join the island communities of Okinawa in their effort to preserve the environment they call home / For more than 20 years, Okinawa has nurtured a growing trend toward achieving sustainability on all levels of society.
- 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,
- Presenting the Power of Okinawa “Power of Textiles”
- How did the unique view of the world shown in traditional Okinawan textiles come about? Muneyoshi Yanagi, a researcher of folk arts with a deep understanding of Okinawa’s traditional culture, said “Wherever you go in Japan, there are few regions that can match the exceptional and diverse fabrics found in Okinawa.
- 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.