13 Best Hotels in Okinawa, Japan

ANA Intercontinental Ishigaki Resort

$$$$ | 354--1 Maesato, Ishigaki, 907-0002, Japan Fodor's Choice

Come for luxury, impeccable service, and stunning views across the hotel's pools and gardens to Maesato Beach, and the azure waters beyond. If you're looking for a quiet island getaway with plenty of pampered R&R, you'll be well taken care of. Start the day with sunrise yoga, then treatments at the Spa Agarosa. The adjoining golf course is a good option in winter when mainland Japan is covered in snow.

Pros

  • Excellent service
  • Spa treatments
  • Beachfront location

Cons

  • Luxury comes at a cost
  • Poolside bar depends on the season
  • Far from diving locations around Kabira Bay
354--1 Maesato, Ishigaki, 907-0002, Japan
980-887111
hotel Details
458 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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APA Hotel (Ishigakijima)

$$$ | 1--2--3 Yashima-cho, Ishigaki, 907-0011, Japan

Unusually large beds and a central location—it's a block east of the ferry dock—make APA Hotel a great choice. This is a budget-priced hotel but offers a range of spacious Western-style rooms. If you need more space, there are family rooms for up to three people and deluxe rooms that can easily sleep five.

Pros

  • Reasonable prices
  • Central location
  • All the amenities covered

Cons

  • Not within walking distance of beaches
  • Breakfast not included
  • Business hotel functionality rather than luxury
1--2--3 Yashima-cho, Ishigaki, 907-0011, Japan
0980-82–2000
hotel Details
89 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hotel GranView Ishigaki

$$$$ | 1 Tonoshiro, Ishigaki, 907-0004, Japan

At the main intersection in Ishigaki City, the Hotel GranView Ishigaki is a short walk from the port, restaurants, and dive shops. Rooms are functional, and the staff are helpful and friendly. Japanese communal baths are open in the morning and evening. This is great choice if you don't have a rental car to get to more out-of-the-way beachside hotels, which ironically have far grander views.

Pros

  • In the center of town
  • Reasonable rates
  • Clean rooms

Cons

  • Beaches not within walking distance
  • Some traffic noise
  • Staff speak limited English
1 Tonoshiro, Ishigaki, 907-0004, Japan
0980-82–6161
hotel Details
85 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel Irifune

$$ | 59--6 Aza Yonaguni, Sonai, Japan

In the main village of Sonai, Yonaguni's Hotel Irifune is the place to stay for divers visiting Yonaguni. Owner Aratake-san discovered the famous Yonaguni Submarine Ruins (which may be either natural rock formations or a lost civilization). His dive shop Sou-Wes runs trips out to the ruins and the reef, and in the winter, hammerhead shark dives. Accommodations here are clean and functional, but if you're looking for something more comfortable inquire about the Irifune Annex Bamboo Villa. The villa has stunning ocean views and a vast communal lounge in which to relax after diving. A two-tank boat dive is ¥12,000 and full gear rental for a day is ¥5,000. During winter, the seas around Yonaguni are cold and choppy, so you need a thick wet suit and a strong stomach.

Pros

  • Knowledgeable staff
  • Good value
  • Diving instructors on site

Cons

  • Can be empty in the off season
  • Hostel rather than hotel feel
  • Spartan rooms
59--6 Aza Yonaguni, Sonai, Japan
0980-87–2311
hotel Details
11 rooms (three without bath)
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa

$$$$ | 148--1 Bise, Motobu, 905-0207, Japan

This hotel is an oasis on the coast of Motobu located next to Ocean Expo Park and the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. With gorgeous views out toward Ie Island and doorstep access to Emerald Beach, it is perfect for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. Use the hotel as a convenient base to also check out Bise Village, Kouri Island, and the northern coastline up to Cape Hedo. Decor is stylish with muted natural tones. All rooms are spacious with ocean views. Most guests arrive by rental car, but the hotel has timetables and discounted tickets for the Yanbaru Express bus to the airport.

Pros

  • Beautiful view in every room
  • Walking distance to the beach and Ocean Expo Park
  • Thermal onsen (¥1,650)

Cons

  • Far from Naha Airport
  • Expensive
  • Limited number of double rooms
148--1 Bise, Motobu, 905-0207, Japan
098-051–7300
hotel Details
238 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel Peace Island Miyakojima

$$ | 310 Nishizato, Hirara, 906-0012, Japan

What puts Peace Island Miyakojima a cut above the rest are the amenities: all the rooms have their own washing machine, refrigerator, and microwave. It's filled with simple, functional rooms. It's particularly popular with scuba divers and families. In the center of Hirara, the Peace Island puts you within walking distance of the bars and restaurants.

Pros

  • Convenient location
  • Great amenities
  • Friendly staff

Cons

  • Other hotels are closer to a beach
310 Nishizato, Hirara, 906-0012, Japan
0980-741–717
hotel Details
96 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel Royal Orion

$$$$ | 1--2--21 Asato, Naha, 902-0067, Japan

You couldn't ask for a better in-town lodging than this elegant, nicely furnished hotel. Just north of the Makishi monorail station where Kokusai Street gets quieter, the Hotel Royal Orion's nine floors of sturdy accommodations are the perfect place to spend a night on your way through Naha. Standard twin rooms have cozy semidouble beds with rather bland decor; deluxe rooms have opulent bathrooms and big desks.

Pros

  • Great location
  • Good rates
  • Selection of restaurants, café and bakery

Cons

  • Traffic noise from Kokusai Street
  • No minibar or room service
  • Only some staff speak English
1--2--21 Asato, Naha, 902-0067, Japan
098-866–5533
hotel Details
209 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa

$$$$ | 3--6--21 Maikishi, Naha, 900-0013, Japan

The Hyatt is elegant but without a stratospheric price tag. It is located beside the quiet Tsuboya pottery district, which provides quick access to busy Kokusai Street. There's a great view of the city from Milano, the Italian restaurant on the 18th floor. Along with a sports gym, there's a rooftop pool surrounded by loungers, and a shallow kids' pool. Some of the suite rooms even have double beds—a rarity in Japan where twin rooms are the norm. The lounge area is quiet and relaxing, a great retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Pros

  • Located close to Kokusai Street, but away from traffic noise
  • Some suites have double beds
  • Excellent buffet

Cons

  • Not as luxurious as other hotels in the Hyatt chain
  • Far from beaches or marine sports
  • Lacks the island feel
3--6--21 Maikishi, Naha, 900-0013, Japan
098-866–8888
hotel Details
294 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Miyako Central Hotel

$ | 225 Nishizato, Hirara, 906-0012, Japan

A few blocks from the pier, this narrow eight-story hotel caters to the economically minded. You can book anything from a spartan room to a spacious deluxe twin at an affordable price. It's within walking distance of downtown and some of the best nightspots. The bus depot, ferry port, dive shops, and car-rental agencies are within walking distance. There's a discount for booking online.

Pros

  • Nice price
  • Good location
  • Clean rooms
  • Good location for bars

Cons

  • Some rooms (particularly bathrooms) showing their age
  • Limited English
  • Not close to the beach
225 Nishizato, Hirara, 906-0012, Japan
0980-73–2002
hotel Details
61 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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Nilaina Resort

$$$$ | 10--425 Uehara, Taketomi, 907-1541, Japan

"Resort" is a misnomer for this small lodge, but the Nilaina has a perfect location, wooden decks where you can kick back, and a hot tub with an ocean view. The rooms could be more spacious—and there are only four of them—but they're smartly built, with excellent details like fancy baths and subtle lighting. They all look out onto the jungle. Snorkeling, hiking, and kayaking tours are on offer, but the diving and sailing tours on the hotel's 38-foot catamaran are unique to Nialaina. Call ahead to get free pickup from Uehara Port.

Pros

  • Friendly staff
  • Great location
  • Plenty of outdoor activities

Cons

  • No double rooms
  • Often fully booked in summer
  • Limited English spoken by staff
10--425 Uehara, Taketomi, 907-1541, Japan
0980-85–6400
hotel Details
4 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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On the Beach Lue

$$ | 2626--1 Sakimotobu, Motobu, 905-0225, Japan

This bungalow hideaway 15 minutes south of the Churaumi Aquarium is a laid-back alternative to the bigger resorts. The rooms are spacious and most face the beach. The restaurant on the sandy deck is relaxing and intimate, and grill-it-yourself options are especially fun for families. The water is great for swimming, and the beach is quiet at night. This is a good spot to spend a night after circling the northern part of the island or visiting the aquarium.

Pros

  • Cheaper than the big resorts
  • Lovely beach
  • Good access for northern Okinawa

Cons

  • Slim menu
  • No double beds
  • Spartan rooms
2626--1 Sakimotobu, Motobu, 905-0225, Japan
0980-47–3535
hotel Details
36 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Pension Hoshinosuna

$$ | 289--1 Uehara, Iriomote, 907-1541, Japan

The exterior may look worn, but the rooms have possibly the best view in Japan. The café has a decent selection of options, but you mainly come here for the beach with good swimming and gorgeous sunset views. It's close to the port and offers diving, snorkeling, and sailing excursions. You save money if you opt for the Japanese tatami rooms rather than Western beds. May close during the winter season December to February.

Staff will pick you up from Uehara Port if you phone ahead.

Pros

  • Tropical paradise views
  • Near Uehara Port
  • Quiet relaxation once the beach traffic has gone

Cons

  • Rooms aren't plush
  • No double beds
  • Food selection limited
289--1 Uehara, Iriomote, 907-1541, Japan
0980-85–6448
hotel Details
11 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Station Hotel Makishi

$$$$ | 1-2-25 Asato, Naha, 902-0067, Japan

Located where bustling Kokusai-dori gets quieter, this high-rise hotel's white-tiled lobby leads up to improbably spacious guest rooms done up in Western style. The location, within sight of Makishi monorail station, gives you great access to Kokusai-dori. It's often booked up by groups attending karate tournaments.

Pros

  • Large rooms
  • Great location
  • Free Wi-Fi in every room

Cons

  • Price varies significantly depending on occupancy and season
  • Some noise from Kokusai Street
  • Lacks the luxury of nearby Hotel Royal Orion
1-2-25 Asato, Naha, 902-0067, Japan
098-862–8001
hotel Details
78 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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