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Visiting Okinawa – A City Guide
The Japanese island of Okinawa is known for its beaches, mountains and prime scuba diving spots in the East China Sea. The bustling capital city, Naha, attracts shoppers, diners and culture lovers. Smaller central villages like Onna are set amid spectacular coastal scenery.

Okinawa: city layout and top attractions
Okinawa is the main island in a larger chain of the same name. It lies more than 1,500 km south of Tokyo. Its subtropical climate, clear waters and picturesque coastal mountains make it a popular Japanese holiday destination. Near the south of the island, Naha has shops, bars and restaurants along its central thoroughfare, Kokusai Dori.

The island’s rich history is preserved at nearby attractions like Shurijo Castle and Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum. There are Okinawa hotels along the scenic west coast, where Onna serves as the gateway to a marine park. You can watch the sunset over the East China Sea from Cape Maeda and Cape Manza, a dramatic rock formation with hiking trails and tidal pools.

The concierge recommends…

  • Browsing the pottery shops on Naha’s Yachimun Street.
  • Exploring the famous blue cave while swimming, diving or snorkelling at Cape Maeda.
  • Seeing whale sharks and manta rays at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, one of the world’s biggest marine life centres, less than an hour’s drive from Onna.

Eating Out in Okinawa
Okinawa has its own distinctive cuisine, blending dishes from the Japanese mainland with Chinese and American influences. Stir-fry and pork belly are served all over the island. Okinawans often add koregusu, a spicy condiment of hot peppers, and awamori, a local liquor distilled from Thai rice.

Some Naha hotels are known for their restaurants. The city’s main street, Kokusai Dori, is lined with noodle shops and izakayas, taverns with extensive menus of small dishes. At nearby Makishi Public Market, you can pick out fresh fish from one of the stalls and have it fried, grilled or cut into sashimi at a restaurant upstairs. In and around Onna village, you’ll find upscale seafood restaurants with views over the East China Sea. The beachfront has plenty of casual dining options, including American-style burger bars and steakhouses. On hot days, you may see long lines forming at local sweet parlours for shaved ice.

The chef recommends...

  • Champuru: Okinawa’s native stir-fry of meat and vegetables, frequently prepared using SPAM and goya, or bitter melon.
  • Daito soba: A local variation of the mainland Japanese recipe, with thicker noodles and a saltier broth.
  • Rafute: Pork belly braised with black sugar and awamori.

Shopping in Okinawa
Okinawa’s shopping mirrors mainstream Japanese trends, especially in the upscale malls and boutiques of the capital. But the island also has its own native craft shops, many specialising in local glassware, lacquerware and pottery, known as yachimun. Naha’s Tsuboya neighbourhood is known for its ceramic artisans and workshops. It has colourful pottery stores along Yachimun Street.

You can shop for designer fashions in the city’s trendy Shintoshin district, which has high-end malls at Naha Main Place and Omoromachi Station. Smaller island villages like Onna have local retail centres around their main stations. Near Onna Beach, you’ll find dive and surfwear shops.

Things to buy in Okinawa

  • Yachimun: Hand-crafted pottery products make great gifts and souvenirs.
  • Textiles: Okinawa is famous for its colourful fabrics, dyed with pigments from native subtropical plants and hand painted by local experts.
  • Jewellery: Island designers still make silver hairpins, known as jiifaa, and other traditional accessories dating back to Okinawa’s time as the main royal island of the Ryukyu Kingdom.

Culture & Nightlife in Okinawa
Okinawan art and culture is rooted in the history of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Its traditions are preserved at the reconstructed Shurijo Castle, where festivals and rituals celebrate Ryukyu music and dance. Near Onna, Yamada Castle and the Nakadomari Ruins are part of the Kunigami hōsei kaidō, a historic trail of Ryukyu Kingdom sites along the west coast.

On Sundays, Naha’s Kokusai Dori is closed to traffic for parades and street performances. After dark, the street becomes the hub of Naha nightlife, with many busy bars staying open until dawn. The Shintoshin district has more upscale spots.

Even smaller island villages like Onna have bar scenes. Here, beachfront and clifftop venues provide live music and scenic backdrops for sunset cocktails.

Okinawa museums

  • Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum: This sprawling complex has exhibits on Okinawa history and geography, plus artworks from the Ryukyu Kingdom.
  • Onna Village Museum: Here, dioramas and videos on local culture show how the village and region have evolved.
  • Akara/Bokunen Art Museum: Near Onna, this is a shopping complex joined to a gallery of vivid landscape prints by Okinawa’s famous woodblock artist, Naka Bokunen.

Leisure in Okinawa
Okinawa is known for clear waters and soft, sandy beaches. Naha has its own city beach at Naminoue. It’s also a jumping-off point for day trips to nearby islets like Gahi Jima and Agenashiku Jima.

The west coast attracts sunbathers to sheltered spots like Manza Beach. The waters off Cape Maeda are especially good for snorkelling and diving. It’s an easy hike up Mount Onna for panoramic views over the village and shoreline.

Okinawa day trips

  • Kenmin No Mori: This forest park has sports facilities, playgrounds and barbecue areas. You can book a camping spot and stay the night.
  • Kudaka Island: A short trip from Naha brings you to this island where old Okinawa survives in quaint, friendly villages.
  • Sea kayaking: Various companies offer guided kayak tours along the west coast. You’ll see sheer cliffs, sea caves and lush tropical foliage.

Latest Okinawa Hotel Reviews


Wonderful location and kind staff
By Judy
This hotel was a nice surprise as I expected the room to be much smaller than it was. It is within walking distance to shopping and restaurants but also has an excellent restaurant that we ate [More] breakfast in each morning. I highly staying here! [Less]
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By Eneet
They should include the break fast cost in the room charge, it's quite expensive . [Less]
Great staff!
By Charlie Brown
Very pleased with the location and appearance of the hotel. Staff was responsive to our every request. Arranged for cabs for pick-ups at specific times and escorted us to the cabs. Very cheerful [More] staff including the food service crew. [Less]
Awesome Stay
By Okiboy
Best service We have ever had at a hotel. The facility is very well kept, very clean and well designed. From the moment we arrived,we were treated like royalty. No kidding. We were escorted up to the [More] lounge. While waiting for the staff to check us in, we were given an Okinawan treat, Shiquasa. Very tasty and refreshing. Once we were checked in, we were escorted to our room,our luggage brought by the staff. Speaking of the staff, very friendly and professional. The Food and Beverage Manager and the Entertainment Manager, both introduced themselves to use and made us feel right at home. We also received a nice treat from the Food and Beverage Manager. You won’t be sorry if you stay here that is for sure. [Less]
Nice view and great services
By TravelFoodLover
Intercontinental - ANA Manza Beach Resort is a unique hotel in Okinawa for the reason of its unique location near Manzamo and good view for it. The in-house beach is also fantastic for water [More] activities. The long beach can be reached from a route outside outdoor swimming pool which allows you to overview Manzamo and its stunning sea view. Of coz the drinks and beverage are also good for staying-in. It's very easy to spend a day in the hotel, enjoying the sun, wind and the water of Okinawa, feeling the Okinawa style of holiday. [Less]
Excellent Experience
By LW83
- Excellent front of hour staff. Good English literacy, friendly, attentive. informative and helpful - Spacious, clean and neat room - Memorable Ryukyu dinner buffet [Less]

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