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
- 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,
- Safe Travel in Okinawa Post-COVID
- Learn the basics of safe travel in Okinawa in a post-COVID world / This much is certain: the coronavirus pandemic has forever changed the face of travel. But to keep things in perspective, the world has faced significant travel challenges as recently as 2001.
- Your Guide to Whale Watching in Okinawa
- Find out when, where, and how to see these majestic creatures in Okinawa / From January to March, the ocean around Okinawa is full of action. It is the time of year when humpback whales can be seen in the waters around Okinawa’s islands.
- 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
- A Journey Through Okinawan Karate
- Discover the living legacy of karate, Okinawa’s iconic martial art / Karate is a unique part of Okinawan culture. The martial art was born in Okinawa, and is now practiced by more than 130 million
- 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.
- Discovering Sefa Utaki, Okinawa’s Spiritual Heart
- Explore the spiritual nature of Okinawa’s World Heritage / Utaki is the name for traditional holy places in the Ryukyu Islands. Sefa-utaki, located on the southern coast of Okinawa’s main island, is the most sacred of them all.
- 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
- A Gourmet Adventure in Okinawa
- Taste unique dishes made from fresh, local ingredients with a culinary journey in Okinawa / While relatively small, the main island of Okinawa is home to a wealth of diversity. From the lush forests of
- The Revival of a Ryukyu Spirit
- In addition to awamori, Okinawa is home to imuge, a unique island spirit distilled from sweet potatoes / During the time of the Ryukyu Kingdom, working-class locals brewed their own alcohol.
- 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.
- 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.
Shopping & Relaxation
- 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.”
- Family Fun in Chatan
- Enjoy a sightseeing cruise, luxury shopping, local food, and more in central Okinawa / Chatan is a town located in the central part of Okinawa’s main island, a place where Okinawan, Asian, and American cultures all mix.
- 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,
Activities & Experiences
- Traditional Sabani Boating in Itoman
- Itoman’s traditional fishing boats are a thrilling way to experience the history of the island / I find myself with five companions in a small boat off the coast of Itoman City, only a 20-minute-drive south of Naha Airport.
- Get a Birds-Eye View of Okinawa
- Helicopter tours offer a unique way to appreciate the beauty of Okinawa’s islands / Whether riding on horseback, cruising in a camper van, or under the waves on a diving excursion,
- 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,
- Visiting Tsuboya Yachimun Street
- Naha’s Tsuboya Yachimun Street is the epicenter of Okinawa’s pottery traditions / Whether you are sitting at a dining table or walking through the aisles of a souvenir shop, the eyes are automatically drawn to the colors
- 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,
- 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.
- 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,