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Is Okinawa worth a visit?

In our opinion, Okinawa Japan is worth a visit, because of its natural beauty.  But, let’s discover more…

Now when you’re in Japan, why would you not take the opportunity to visit the most famous (Karate Kid – Mr Miyagi’s) Okinawa Islands.  Yes, Okinawa is real.  In the movies of Karate Kid, Mr Miyagi was very fond of this beautiful island, and rightly so.  It is definitely a place worth visiting.

These beautiful islands are home to incredible sites, recognized for their Cultural as well as their Natural World Heritage by UNESCO.  You can explore all of the World Heritage Sites. amongst which are castle ruins and other sites of the “Ryukyus”  (the king’s residence, ancient tombs, a fortification or a place sacred to the Okinawans) and “Utaki” – the general term referring to sacred places. 

Best reasons why you should visit Okinawa in Japan

Among the islands of Okinawa,  Kabira Bay on Ishigaki Island is a must-see.

Okinawa is a beautiful and unique travel destination, located in the southernmost part of Japan. It is an archipelago of over 150 islands, each with its own distinct culture, traditions, and landscapes. Here are some of the key features that make Okinawa a great travel destination:

Rizzan Sea Park Hotel Tancha Bay - Okinawa Japan - Where to stay What to do - Travel and Home

There are some very beautiful places to stay.  More on recommended accommodation options later in the article.

See places like:

  • Shurijo Castle Park (Shuri Castle)
  • Seifa Utaki – the most sacred place in Okinawa.
  • Nakagusuku Castle Ruins
  • Katsuren Castle Ruins – with spectacular views.

Shuri Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Okinawa’s most iconic landmarks. Located in Naha, the castle was the seat of the Ryukyu Kingdom for over 400 years and is a magnificent example of Okinawan architecture and design. Visitors can explore the castle’s many halls, gardens, and courtyards, and learn about the history of the Ryukyu Kingdom.

Outdoor activities in Japan

Enjoy things like:

  • Stunning beaches: Okinawa is known for its beautiful beaches with crystal-clear waters, soft white sand, and a variety of marine life. Visitors can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, diving, and other water sports in some of the best beaches in Japan.

  • Rich history and culture: Okinawa has a long and fascinating history, with a distinct culture that has been influenced by China, Japan, and other neighboring countries. Visitors can explore the many historical sites, including castles, temples, and museums, and learn about the unique traditions and customs of the Okinawan people.

Cape Manzamo in Okinawa Japan

Okinawan cuisine is a fusion of different cultures, with influences from China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Visitors can try a variety of dishes, including local specialties like Okinawa soba noodles, goya champuru (stir-fried bitter melon), and taco rice (a fusion of tacos and rice).

Okinawa is a great destination for those looking for a peaceful and relaxing vacation. Visitors can enjoy the laid-back island lifestyle, soak in the hot springs, or indulge in a spa treatment.

Cape Manzamo (photo above) is a stunning natural landmark located in Onna, on the west coast of Okinawa Island. The cape is known for its dramatic rock formations and breathtaking views of the turquoise sea. Visitors can walk along the cliffside paths, take in the panoramic views, and watch the sunset over the ocean.

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Where is Okinawa?

Comprising of more than 150 islands, the largest of the islands is also called Okinawa.  Okinawa is a beautiful island situated between Japan and Taiwan.  Although part of Japan it maintains its own identify.  The island is 520 km from Japan, and 117 km from Taiwan at the closest points. 

When traveling to the island, you’ll fly in to Naha Airport (那覇空港, Naha Kūkō) (IATA: OKA, ICAO: ROAH).  From here if you’re staying in one of the recommended hotels/resorts below, you can request an airport shuttle.

Resort style accommodation in Okinawa

Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort

Located right on the beach. Featuring massage therapies and beauty treatments at Churaku Spa. The hotel has a fitness centre, tennis courts and a golf course is just 1 km away.

Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa

According to Booking.com "Families particularly like the location — they rated it 9.0 for a stay with kids."

Rizzan Sea Park Hotel Tancha Bay

Right on the beach of Okinawa’s west coast with direct access to the stretch of white sands of Rizzan beach

What is the climate like in Okinawa?

Around here you will find a tropical climate with sometimes very high humidity.  However Okinawa has some of the most beautiful beaches and coral reefs in the world and the water is warm.  In June you can expect sea temperatures of 27 °C.

Outdoor Activities

Okinawa has a lot to offer for outdoor enthusiasts, including hiking, kayaking, cycling, and more. Visitors can explore the stunning natural landscapes, such as the Yanbaru forest, the Kerama Islands, and the Cape Hedo scenic drive.

When is the best time to visit ?

The best time to visit is in spring or autumn (March to early May and again from September to December). The wet season is from early May to early June.  However they may have get typhoons in July and August, and occasionally in October.

Do they speak English in Okinawa?

In Okinawa most people speak Japanese.  However you will find that the staff at all the major hotels and popular tourist areas can all speak English. 

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Things to do

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More places to stay

You can also search for more places to stay with the booking.com link above.