Traveling to Okinawa - the archipelago is likened to Japan's Hawaii

Travel to Okinawa Japan - where there are pristine beaches, colorful coral reefs and subtropical jungle...

Japan's southernmost prefecture, Okinawa is a chain of islands with its own history as an independent kingdom and distinct subtropical climate, as well as the birthplace of karate. Explore the ruins and castles of the Ryukyu kings, visit beautiful beaches and coastlines with an amazing undersea life!

 

Okinawa Island - Okinawa TourismOkinawa island sea with jade blue water

 

Okinawa Tourism Overview

Surrounded by the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the 160 large and small islands that make up the Okinawa archipelago are divided into archipelagos such as Miyako, Yaeyama Islands.... Located at the southwestern tip of the Japanese archipelago, the Okinawa's location provides easy access to mainland Japan and parts of Asia.

 

Okinawa is home to the most beautiful islands in Japan - Okinawa TravelOkinawa is home to the most beautiful island in Japan

 

People often liken Okinawa to the Hawaii of Japan, because the lush vegetation, tropical climate and white sand beaches combine to create a picturesque island paradise. Just like Hawaii, Okinawa consists of many islands, although most reach the main island (also known as Okinawa) via Naha airport.

 

A beach in Okinawa - Okinawa TravelA beach in Okinawa

 

But the island of Okinawa is a place entirely of its own, a blend of the busy life of Tokyo city dwellers and the relaxing atmosphere of a tropical island. The prefecture has its own unique culture, customs and dialect, as its origins are a separate kingdom that was not part of Japan until the 1800s. The islands are heavily forested. theaters, undulating hills and breathtaking beaches, creating perfect conditions for a wide range of outdoor activities, including hiking, golfing and scuba diving, are popular with locals as well as visitors.

 

Tourist places in Okinawa - Okinawa TravelHistoric tourist places in Okinawa

 

Okinawa temperatures are warm and comfortable year-round. In Naha, the average temperature in July - the hottest month is 28.9 ℃. Surrounded by the sea, the temperature rarely reaches above 35 ℃ in summer, while in January, the coldest month, the average temperature is 17 ℃.

 

Blue beach with clear water - Okinawa TourismThe crystal clear blue beach is one of Okinawa's best charms

 

See corals in Okinawa - Okinawa TravelSee Okinawa's corals on a glass bottom boat

 

The rainy season begins in May, with heavy rainfall during that time. However, when the rainy season ends at the end of June, it will be hot and sunny. The peak of summer lasts in August and September, but this is also hurricane season. Starting in October, the temperature gradually decreases and the weather is quite pleasant. When winter arrives around December, it gets cold but never snows. Okinawa's winters are sometimes windy and cold. In March, it's warmer, but there are still some chilly days, so pack a jacket if you're planning a trip to Okinawa !

Main attractions in Okinawa


Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Okinawa is home to the Churaumi Aquarium, considered by many to be the most fascinating aquarium in Japan, boasting an eye-opening collection of marine life.

 

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium - Okinawa TourismOkinawa Churaumi Aquarium

 

Come here to see 70 different reefs, the world's first large-scale living coral exhibit, and whale sharks (the largest shark in the world) at Kuroshio Tank. Admire colorful fish at the 'Coral Sea' and 'Sea of ​​Tropical Fish' exhibits, and you can see seashells and starfish at the touch pool.

 

Admire the life under the sea - Okinawa TravelAdmire the life under the sea

 

Okinawa International Avenue

Traveling to Okinawa, you should not miss exploring Naha's central shopping street. This is one of the main attractions in the capital Naha - Kokusai Dori, which has everything from traditional food and souvenirs to modern cafes and shops selling manga and anime.

 

Kokusai_Dori - Okinawa TravelOkinawa International Boulevard is the busiest place in Nara

 

Kokusai Dori also hosts many cultural events throughout the year, including the 10,000 Eisa Dancers Parade, held in early August, and the annual Uchinanchu Taikai (Okinawan Reunion) Festival, making it worthy of a visit. Worth a stop for tourists when coming to Japan's southernmost prefecture.

 

Street Food on Okinawa International Boulevard - Okinawa TourismStreet food on Okinawa International Boulevard

 

Kabira Vịnh Bay

It is Ishigaki Island's top scenic spot with its white sand beach and jade blue sea. Kabira Bay is located to the northwest of Ishigaki Island, the largest remote island in Okinawa. The beautiful jade blue ocean, considered one of the most transparent in the world, and the verdant island landscape. When visiting Okinawa , go to Kabira Park near Kabira Bay, enjoy the panoramic view of the bay from the observatory, and walk while looking at the sea.

 

Kabira Bay - Okinawa TourismKabira Vịnh Bay

 

As swimming is prohibited in Kabira Bay, glass bottom boats are the best way to see corals, tropical fish and beautiful sea. From the boat's glass deck, you can get a close-up view of the sea, home to about 250 species of coral as well as tropical fish and sea turtles.

 

Sail on Kabira Bay - Okinawa TravelSailing on Kabira Vịnh Bay

 

Zamami Island

Furuzamami Beach on Zamami Island is a popular Okinawa tourist destination . The beautiful sea known as "Kerama Blue" scattered around the Kerama Islands is one of the clearest beaches in the world, and has been designated a National Park visited by tourists from all over the world. annual.

 

Zamami Island - Okinawa TravelZamami Island

 

Do you want to see tropical fish at Furuzamami beach, or go to scenic spots like "Mt Takatsuki Observation Deck" or "Marilyn Statue" in the sunset. In the evening, you will revel in the wonderful starry sky of the Kerama Islands, as the waves gently take turns crashing on the shore.

 

The Night Sky Over Zamami Island - Okinawa TravelNight sky over Zamami . island

 

Shurijo Castle Park

The Ryukyu Kingdom existed in Okinawa until about 140 years ago. Shurijo Castle has fostered a unique history and culture influenced by exchanges with China, Japan and other parts of Asia over the course of 450 years. The gently curving castle walls are reminiscent of the kingdom's era. Visitors can experience the history and culture of the Ryukyu Kingdom by walking through the castle park and surrounding areas.

 

Shurijo Castle Park - Okinawa TourismShurijo Castle Park

 

Mihama American Village

This popular Okinawa tourist spot lets you experience the American atmosphere of Chatan. Mihama American Village with its large Ferris wheel is located in the town of Chatan on the west coast of central Okinawa. True to its name, the village is a quaint and photogenic spot with a bold American atmosphere. With several American-themed shops, entertainment facilities and restaurants scattered throughout, the village offers a townscape that resembles a stylish resort in Japan.

 

Mihama American Village - Okinawa TourismMihama American Village

Cuisine in Okinawa

Okinawa's uniqueness lies in  Ryukyuan cuisine - traditional Okinawan cooking that incorporates local ingredients, cooking methods, customs and many other aspects of local life. This cuisine has the core feeling of gratitude for the climate and natural resources of the sea and islands, the spirit of cherishing the close relationships in family, relatives and the community.

 

Okinawan royal acoustics - Okinawa TravelThe Imperial Court in Okinawa

 

For about 450 years from 1429, Okinawa was an independent kingdom known as the Ryukyu Kingdom. Many royal events and ceremonies, such as receptions for Sapposhi emissaries from China and Japanese Satsuma clan officials sent to the Ryukyus, were held at Shurijo Castle and other locations in the kingdom. In these formal gatherings a variety of dishes, cooking techniques and methods were introduced and over time they developed into royal cuisine.

 

A Meal in Okinawa - Okinawa TravelA meal in Okinawa

 

The combination of Okinawa's climate and daily life has created a unique Okinawan cuisine. They gather ingredients from the surrounding seas and fields by sautéing, stewing, pressing and steaming. Okinawans have a balanced diet, and the local way of preparing meals has remained largely unchanged to this day. Background culinary culture of Okinawa contribute to increase the life of the people.

 

Japanese Food in Okinawa - Okinawa TravelJapanese food in Okinawa

 

Culinary attention to food presentation - Okinawa TravelCulinary pays attention to the way food is presented

 

When you visit Okinawa, you will enjoy Ryukyuan cuisine - a very beautiful cultural feature in the archipelago. Also some of the main Okinawan specialties include:

Okinawa Raw Sugar: A mineral-rich brown sugar made from Okinawa cane, it has a mild sweetness and intense molasses flavor. The lumps of raw sugar are often eaten as a regular sweet treat.

 

Okinawa Raw Sugar - Okinawa TourismOkinawa raw sugar

 

Shiquasa is rich in vitamin C and has a refreshing sour taste, this citrus fruit is juiced when eating grilled fish, mixed into smoothies and even mixed into the local awamori cocktail.

 

Shiquasa used to make cakes - Okinawa TourismShiquasa used to make cakes

 

Goya Chanpuru is bitter gourd. This dish has a strong bitter flavor but when mixed with eggs and tofu in a dish called goya chanpuru, it elevates a simple stir-fry into a delightful dish.

 

Goya Chanpuru --Du lịch OkinawaGoya Chanpuru

 

Awamori: An Okinawa-only liquor made from Indica long-grain rice and aged in an earthen pot to soften. Awamori is usually served with water and ice - a must-try drink when traveling to Okinawa .

 

Awamori - Okinawa TravelAwamori wine

 

Soki Soba is pork ribs simmered in awamori (a strong shochu), soy sauce, and sugar. They are eaten with noodles and scallions and pickled ginger, this dish is called ramen for the tropics.

 

Soki-Soba - Okinawa TravelSoki Soba
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