Okinawa Travel Guide

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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.

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Okinawa Hotels

Lodgings range from no-frills beach shacks to lavish resorts. Most of the Japanese tourists visiting Okinawa have purchased packages that combine flights...read more

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Okinawa Restaurants

Okinawa's culinary history doesn't have the same pedigree as the haute cuisine of Kyoto or Tokyo. A similar aristocratic tradition hasn't prevailed here...read more

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Things To Do in Okinawa

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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Okinawa Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to Okinawa

    Local flavors: Okinawa's food, music, art, and local spirit combine powerful influences from all over Asia with funky, homegrown flavors.... Read more

  • Okinawa's World War II Sights

    The Battle of Okinawa is one of the most tragic events in modern history. Caught between two warring nations, the people of Okinawa were killed... Read more

  • On the Menu

    Okinawa's famously long-lived and hearty population has made the "Okinawa Diet" a buzzword among Slow-Food enthusiasts and others interested... Read more

  • Legend of the Shisa

    Shisa, the lionlike talismans protecting doorways and adorning rooftops throughout the islands, have quite a history. It's said that during the... Read more

  • Who's Who

    Encoded into islander speech are delineations for who comes from where. Ethnic Ryukyu are shimanchu—written with the Chinese-Japanese ideographs... Read more

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