The series of islands that make up the Okinawa archipelago form a huge arc stretching from southern Kyushu almost as far as Taiwan.
With a thriving local culture and strong Chinese influences, arriving in Okinawa can feel like reaching an altogether different country.
The main island of Okinawa-honto boasts some beautiful resort hotels, but for the best scenery visitors should head south to Ishigaki, close to the primeval jungle of Iriomote and Taketomi’s star-sand beaches.
For snorkeling, diving and chill out beaches head west to the Kerama Islands of Kume, Tokashiki and Zamami. The quality of accommodation and beaches here may not yet rival those of Southeast Asia, but the rarity of foreign visitors to the region means you will experience a completely authentic Japanese vacation.
Places to visit in Okinawa
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Okinawa, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested Okinawa itinerary
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Okinawa, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.