Okinawa : 10 Best Things to Do in 2018

From Beach Resorts to Aquarium, Best Things to Do in Okinawa 2018

Far far south, the tropical islands of Japan, Okinawa prefecture is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan! The prefecture is best known for the most beautiful beaches in the country, but there are many more things to attract visitors. Okinawa is one of the most unique and interesting prefectures in Japan, which has their very own culture and history. Let’s check out 10 things you shouldn’t definitely miss in Okinawa!!!

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1. Beaches


Why do we visit Okinawa?? It’s clearly because of the beautiful beaches. There are hundreds of beaches in Okinawa and many of them are considered as world’s finest, with crystal clear water and pure white sand. It’s also one of the best places in the world for snorkeling and diving as it’s rich with coral reefs and wild marine life.

2. Shuri Castle


Okinawa used to be one country called Ryukyu before becoming a prefecture of Japan in 19th century. Located in the capital city, Naha, Shuri Castle (首里城) is the castle of Ryukyu Kingdom back in 14th century. It’s the best place to feel the unique and original culture and history of Okinawa.

3. Churaumi Aquarium


Churaumi Aquarium (美ら海水族館) is Japan’s largest and most popular aquarium, attracts over 2 million visitors every year. The aquarium is best known for the massive 7,500 m3 fish tank (largest fish tank in the world) with whale sharks and mantas, and there are in total over 740 different creatures.

4. War Memorial Peace Park


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Almost at the end of World War Ⅱ, one of the most cruel battles has taken the place in Okinawa’s main island, causing a few hundred thousands deaths and huge destruction. War Memorial Peace Park (沖縄県平和祈念資料館) is the memorial to the Battle of Okinawa and where represents the history to remember.

5. Okinawa World

Okinawa World (おきなわワールド) is a touristy park themed as traditional Okinawan village, presenting local history and culture. The park’s main attraction is Gyokusendo Cave, the 5000m long cave that was formed approx 300,000 years ago, and offers a 890-meter promenade to the public.

6. Cape Manzamo


Cape Manzamo (万座毛) is known as the most popular scenic sight in Okinawa. The 20 m limestone cliff is located in Onna Village. It’s also the great place for watching sunset.

7. Mihama American Village


Mihama American Village (美浜タウンリゾート・アメリカンビレッジ) is a shopping and resort area near American military bases. Numbers of American themed shops, restaurants, cafes and bars gather in the area as well as the symbolic large Ferris Wheel. There is a beach called “Sunset Beach” in front of the village, which is great place to see sunset.

8. Kokusaidori Street


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The most touristic area of the capital city, Naha, Kokusaidori Street (国際通り) is like Khaosan road of Okinawa. The 1.6 km street is lined up with hotels, hundreds of souvenir shops, restaurants and bars, which will never bore tourists.

9. Remote Islands


Okinawa prefecture consists of 160 islands and there are number of touristic remote island accessible from the main island. Remote islands in Okinawa are much richer in nature and have even more beautiful beaches.

10. Okinawan Food



Okinawa’s local dishes are very different from other prefectures in Japan. As it used to be one country, the culture of Okinawa has grown unsimilar. Sme of Okinawa’s significant local dishes are “Goya Champuru”(stir-fry local vegetables), “Okinawa Soba”, “Umibudo” (sea grapes). If you love drinking, try Okinawa’s local beer “Orion Beer” and local spirit, “Awamori”.

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