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While there are more than 150 islands in Okinawa Prefecture, most inhabitants live on Okinawa Island. There are plenty of cities to roam through and gorgeous wilderness in between, so plan ahead and book one of our Okinawa car hire options before leaving. It will make your trip much easier—and spare you the need to figure out public transit.
While Japanese colonisation and World War II left behind little of the Ryukyu Kingdom, which once ruled the Okinawa chain, you can still find some traces. In Naha, the capital city, you’ll find Shuri Castle. Once the kingdom’s headquarters, this great red fortress is a photo op in the making. Seriously, make sure you’ve got film or memory card space for this one. The city is also home to the Shikina-en, the Sho royal family's Chinese-style garden, carefully rebuilt after World War II.
Head north into wilder territory, with natural beauty and a more traditional lifestyle. Drive the scenic routes north to visit the famous Churaumi Aquarium in Nago, then ditch the car and hike to Hiji Falls. Grab some water and keep cruising along the coast on Route 58 until you reach Okinawa Island's northernmost point, Hedo Cape. If you ever wanted to be struck dumb by the sheer beauty of nature, this is the place for it. This is where the Pacific Ocean and South China Sea meet; you’ll have turquoise waters on one side and green peaks on the other.
Our Okinawa holiday deals will keep your wallet thick, so you’ll want to make up for that by visiting Kokusai Dori. This street in Naha is packed with everything from Western chains to independently owned establishments. The street leads to Heiwa Dori, a traditional covered shopping arcade with dozens of small vendors. At the very end, you'll find the Tsyboya District, famed for its traditional pottery. On Sunday afternoons, the street closes to traffic, filling instead with street performers and cafe tables.
While you're there, stop for lunch or dinner at the Makishi Market. Select your favourite ingredients from the fresh fare on offer and have it cooked on-site. For a taste of local cuisine, sample the signature wheat soba noodles, usually served in broth with pork. The American military presence has resulted in some only-in-Okinawa dishes, including taco rice and the Nuuyaru burger, a Spam-based sandwich served at Jef, the local fast food chain.
The American presence has also influenced Okinawan music, which combines local sounds with rock and jazz. Both Naha and Okinawa City have live music scenes where you can hear this distinctive sound. While you listen, sip awamori, a dangerously strong rice liquor, and snack on chinmi, which translates as "strange foods." Sounds intriguing!
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Nestled on the beach, this Onna resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tiger Beach and Nakadomari Site. Iha Castle Ruins and Ryukyu Mura are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Matsugawa, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ryutan Site, Kokusai Dori, and Shurijo Castle. DFS Galleria Okinawa and Naminoue Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km). Shiritsubyoinmae Station is 16 minutes by foot and Omoromachi Station is 17 minutes.
Located in Naha City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port. Shurijo Castle and Senaga Island are also within 6 mi (10 km). Asahibashi Station is only a 4-minute walk and Kenchomae Station is 6 minutes.
Nice bright hotel with sea views and private beach with obstacle course and water sports available. Received complementary upgrade for babymoon celebration with friends. Only wished we stayed longer.
Nestled on the beach, this Nago resort is within a 10-minute walk of Busena Beach and Kariyushi Beach. Kise Beach and Busena Marine Park are also within 10 minutes.
Situated near the beach, this luxury resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Busena Beach and Kariyushi Beach. Kibogaoka Entrance Mae Beach and Kise Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Onna, this luxury resort is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Chura Orchard Golf Club and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Mission Beach. Kariyushi Beach and Nabee Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This family-friendly Nago hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kariyushi Beach and Busena Marine Park. Mission Beach and Cape Manza are also within 9 mi (15 km).
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