Travel Guide to Okinawa

Naminoue shrine in Okinawa main island

Okinawa, located in the Ryukyu Islands archipelago, is a distinctive prefecture of Japan with a tropical climate, rich history and even unique food. It’s a popular beach destination, and perfect if you are looking to experience a different side of Japan, with its relaxed island lifestyle, stunning natural beauty, and historical sites.

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The main attractions in Okinawa include the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Shuri Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and all the Okinawan beaches.

A particularly lovely point of interest are the botanical gardens, full of stunning tropical plants.

Prefecture: Okinawa Prefecture
Region: Part of the Ryukyu Islands, located southwest of Japan’s main islands Climate: Tropical climate, with warm weather throughout the year
Major Festivals: Eisa Festival, Naha Tug-of-War
Local Food & Drinks: Okinawa Soba (a noodle soup dish), Goya Champuru (a bitter melon stir-fry), and Awamori (a distilled rice liquor unique to Okinawa)

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