Okinawa, Japan

Okinawa, Japan

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An exotic japanese paradise

With their unique history, subtropical climate, and surrounding crystal-blue waters, the southern islands of Okinawa are an exotic paradise. And at the heart of this Japanese prefecture is the capital city of Naha, which combines a tropical atmosphere with a modern vibe.

On the cultural side, explore the Tsuboya pottery district, which has produced ceramics since 1682, or the city’s historic series of Asian-style covered markets. A must-see is Shurijo-koen, the reconstructed castle of the Okinawan royal family, and its famed wall gate, Shurei-no-mon, considered to be the iconic image of Okinawa and can be found on Japan's ¥2000 bank note.

For water enthusiasts, check out Naha’s fishing and sailing expeditions, swim amongst the coral reefs at Maeda Point, or venture to Okinawa’s most popular diving spot, the wreck of the USS Emmons, which was sunk in 1944 during WWII. As night falls, go to the lively Kokusai-dori (International Boulevard) for an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, shops, and clubs.

SHURI CASTLE

SHURI CASTLE

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SHURI CASTLE

SHURI CASTLE

The former royal palace of the Ryūkyū Kingdom and its underground tunnels were used as a command post in WWII, and the complex was almost completely destroyed in 1945. It has since been reconstructed, including the famous Shureimon, its beautiful main gate.

MAEDA POINT

MAEDA POINT

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MAEDA POINT

MAEDA POINT

Though more famous for its diving and snorkeling opportunities, Maeda Point has excellent pathways and walking trails. Take the stairs into the water to snorkel or dive along the reef, rich in marine life, which runs parallel to the shore, and divers will enjoy a deep wall and the Blue Cove.

Naha Highlights

Naha Highlights

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Naha Highlights

Naha Highlights

Experience Okinawa’s past and present on a tour of Naha city. Explore Shurijo Castle, famed Kokusai Street, and Makishi Public Market, discovering a rich and vibrant history among the cosmopolitan flavor.

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Okinawa, Japan At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 26°12'44.64"N 127°40'51.35"E
Size: 1,201.03 KM2 (463.72 MI2)
Population: 1,400,000
Density: 1,166 Pop/KM2 (450 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +81

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