Okinawa

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  • 1. Maehama Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Maehama, or as you may see on local signs, "Yonaha Maehama," is regarded by many as Japan's best beach, and it lives up to its reputation. White...Read More

  • 2. Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Rows of black granite blocks inscribed with the names of the thousands who lost their lives in World War II cover the rolling, green hills around...Read More

  • 3. Shuri-jo

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The sprawling, grandiose seat of the ancient Ryukyu Kingdom is far more reminiscent of Beijing's Forbidden City than Kyoto's Imperial Palace...Read More

  • 4. Boraga Beach

    Beach–Sight

    On the southern shore of the island, a swimming pool filled with water from a cold natural spring sits next to a picturesque stretch of sand...Read More

  • 5. Chindami Sanshinten

    Store/Shop/Mall

    Don't leave Okinawa without hearing the unique sound of sanshin music. And you shouldn't leave Naha without taking a peek into one of the...Read More

  • 6. Churaumi Aquarium at Okinawa Expo Park

    Zoo/Aquarium

    With one of the biggest saltwater tanks in the world, this is the most impressive aquarium in Japan. A pioneering coral-breeding experiment...Read More

  • 7. Furuzamami Beach

    Beach–Sight

    For great snorkeling, try Furuzamami Beach, a short walk south of the harbor and village. In summer, there are snorkel rentals and showers....Read More

  • 8. Higashi-henna Zaki

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    If you have a couple of hours to spare, take a leisurely walk out to see Cape Higashi-henna's rugged landscape. A twisty, narrow road atop a...Read More

  • 9. Himeyuri Peace Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This moving museum tells the story of 240 girls from a high school near Naha. Mobilized as field nurses in the war's final months, the girls...Read More

  • 10. Ikema-jima

    Island

    Connected to the northwestern corner of Miyako-jima by a bridge, this small island, ringed by a scenic coastal road, has fine views above and...Read More

  • 11. Irabu-jima

    Island

    This small island has two more gorgeous and secluded beaches: Toguchi-no-hama and Sawada-no-hama. In 2015, it was connected to the main island...Read More

  • 12. Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters

    Military Site

    These cold, clammy tunnels are where a dramatic end came to Admiral Ota and 174 of his men on June 13, 1945. He and six of his top officers...Read More

  • 13. Kiyomasa Toki

    Store/Shop/Mall

    This kiln was started by a distant forbear of the current master, Takashi Kobashikawa, himself a government-designated Master of Traditional...Read More

  • 14. Kokusai-dori

    Neighborhood/Street

    You're sure to get caught up in the buzzing, infectious beat of Kokusai Street, Naha's central hub for nightlife, dining, shopping, and people...Read More

  • 15. Kosetsu Ichiba Market

    Store/Shop/Mall

    Three covered shopping arcades snake out from Kokusai-dori, filled with shops specializing less in trinkets and more in tasty treats. Sample...Read More

  • 16. Nagamahama Beach

    Beach–Sight

    A lovely and often deserted beach on the west side of tiny Kurima-jima, Nagamahama can be reached via the bridge just southeast of Maehama....Read More

  • 17. Okinawa World

    Cave

    It's worth spending a few hours at Okinawa World to get a quick overview of local culture. There are tropical fruit orchards and workshops for...Read More

  • 18. Sunayama Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This small beach lies behind a large sand dune ( suna-yama means "sand mountain"), out of which juts a rugged natural stone arch. The snorkeling...Read More

  • 19. Taketomi-jima

    Island

    It's a 10-minute ferry trip from Ishigaki City to the quaint terra-cotta-roofed cottages, sleepy lanes, and empty beaches of Taketomi Island...Read More

  • 20. Tokashiki-jima

    Island

    The largest of the Kerama Islands, Tokashiki gets the most tourist traffic from Naha. Two lovely beaches with clean, white sand are on the west...Read More

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