Travel Information


Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan, consists of 57 islands which include the Miyako and Yaeyama groups, with the main island of Okinawa as the nucleus. The only prefecture in Japan that is truly subtropical, Okinawa is a southern paradise where colorful flowers of the subtropics bloom the year-round. The sea that surround these islands has an emerald-green sheen, and the resplendent coral reefs are among the world's finest. These natural attractions have given rise to world-class beach resort that cater to sun-loving vacationers.

Okinawa was once a kingdom of its own called the "Ryukyu" regime. During this regal period, the island thrived as a grate trading center through active interrelations with neighbor nations. Okinawa is now a focus of attention with the restored of Shurijyo Castle reviving the glorious history of the Ryukyu Kingdom.(Scheduled flight service is available between Naha and Tokyo [ in 2 hrs. 30 min ], Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka and other major Japanese cities. Ferry service is also available.)


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Shurijo Castle(Naha City):

This was the residence of the Ryukyu royal family for about 450 years, since the early 15th century, and shone out as a focus for a brilliant dynastic culture. The Seiden, above all, is its most important structure, as the site where politics and ceremonies were enacted with the King in attendance. Completely restored in November 1992, the Seiden stands imposingly on a hill that commands a panoramic view of Naha City and East China Sea.

Studio Park "Ryukyu-no-Kaze" (Yomitan Village) :

This theme park served as the main stage for a highly popular historical drama televised in 1993 as a series. The 4.7hectare site has reproduced the 17th-century splendor of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Visitor can enjoy the culture, taste treats and pleasures of golden-age Ryukyu. (Approx. 1 hr 20 min. by bus from downtown Naha, or approx. 50 min. by car from Naha Airport.)

Okinawa Commemorative National
Government Park (Motobu Town):

This is Japan's largest national subtropical park, created on the site of the 1975 Okinawa International Ocean Exposition. The site is dotted with various facilities such as the Aquarium, Tropical Dream Center, Okinawa Museum and amusement park, along with tropical plants and the emerald-green sea. ( 2 hrs. 30 min. by bus from downtown Naha.)

Beach Resorts on the West Coast (Okinawa Island):

White sand beaches rim the islands of Okinawa and their distinctive coral reefs. The west coast of the main island, in particular, has a number of world-class beach resorts. Marine sports, golf and fishing are some of the options that let you enjoy a tropical holiday. ( 1 hr. to 1 hr. 30min. by car from downtown Naha.)

Gyokusendo bunka-mura (Tamagusuku Village):

The Gyokusendo stalactite cave, the largest of its kind in the Orient, was discovered in 1967. More than 900,000 stalactites, stalagmites and pillars from the magical architecture of this mysterious subterranean world. ( 50 min. by bus from downtown Naha.)

Taketomi Island (Taketomi Town):

This small Taketomi Island of 6.3km2, encircled by an atoll, is accessible by 10 minutes' ferry ride from Isigaki Port. The paths on the island are covered with white sand and lined with peaceful rows of houses accentuated with Sisar gurden lion statues on orange tile roofs and the walls of coral limestone twined with subtropical flowers. Scenery of whole island is just like a huge garden. The scenes of Okinawa from the good, old days are still alive here.

Iriomote Island (Taketomi Town):

Iriomote Island of approximately 130Km in permeter, located in the west of Ishigaki Island, is the second largest island in this prefecture after Okinawa Main Island. The most part of the island is mountainous area, over 90% of which is covered with tropical and subtropical virgin forest. Most of then are literally the untouched jungle. The climate of Iriomote is much closer to tropical than subtropical. Overwhelming rainfall creates tropical rain forest climate here. It has been long said to be the last land of mystery in Japan, where world-class rare spacies of animals and plants such as "Iriomote lynx", "Serpent eagles", and "Semaruhakogame(turtle)" live even today. Just like the land, the sea around Iriomote Island has the underwater jungle of coral reefs, offering numberless diving spots a bit different from others.

Traditional Arts and Crafts:

Okinawa's balmy climate and unique history gave rise to traditional arts and crafts of superb quality in various parts of the prefecture. These include pottery, dyed textiles, lacquerware and glassware. Shoppers can also stop at workershops to watch craftwork or to enjoy hands-on experiences.

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