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Okinawa Travel Guide

  • Photo: Sam DCruz / Shutterstock
  • Photo: Sam DCruz / Shutterstock
  • Photo: Sam DCruz / Shutterstock

Plan Your Okinawa Vacation

You'll swear you've hit a different country: let the tropical climate get you ready for sun-kissed beaches and crystal blue waters, deserted islands ringed by rainbow-hued coral reefs, verdant jungle trails, and funky port towns full of laid-back, fun-loving islanders: it's all here welcoming you to Okinawa, Japan's most diverse and exciting destination.

Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Local flavors Okinawa's food, music, art, and local spirit combine powerful influences from all over Asia with funky, homegrown flavors.
  2. Tragic history Moving memorials tell the poignant story of the chaos that ravaged this idyllic landscape during World War II's fierce final battle.
  3. Getting wild Snorkeling, diving, trekking, sailing, fishing, whale-watching, and kayaking are in your reach in Japan's most pristine and enticing natural vistas.
  4. Dazzling reefs Okinawa's abundant reefs are home to varied marine life thriving in clear, warm seas. Dive with manta rays and hammerhead sharks or simply glide over gardens of hard and soft corals.

When To Go

When to Go to Okinawa

The best time to visit Okinawa will depend on your goals. Avoid mid-May to mid-June, which is the rainy season. The subtropical climate means the temperatu...

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