Okinawa

Strung out to the south of Japan, the island chain of Okinawa reaches nearly as far as the Tropic of Cancer: pristinely white-sanded in the blue waters of the East China Sea.

Originally an autonomous kingdom, the islands were once known as the Ryukyu Islands, and have a culture, climate and cuisine that are simultaneously Japanese and non-Japanese. Okinawan architecture, arts, and cuisine are all unique to the islands. To the mainlanders, Okinawa is exotic; almost foreign.

People come here for the scuba diving and the superb beaches, and a number of world class resorts dot the coastlines. Away from the coral reefs and untouched wilderness of the more remote islands, the prefectural capital of Naha is famous for pottery and markets.

A visit to Okinawa offers an experience worlds away from the traditional temple tours of the mainland, and is a wonderful destination in its own right – particularly when the cold weather sets in on Japan’s main islands. Into Japan is delighted to include Okinawa in your tailor made tour.

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ANA Intercontinental Ishigaki

Overlooking the tranquil waters of Maesato Beach in Japan’s southernmost city, the expansive grounds of ANA InterContinental Ishigaki Resort invite relaxation — whether your time is spent lounging by the pool, indulging in a deep seawater spa treatment, or enjoying the generous facilities for golf, tennis and marine sports. Rich cultural traditions, abundant coral reefs,…

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Diving

Japan is not well known as a top diving destination, but there are excellent dive spots throughout the archipelago – from Okinawan coral reefs in the far south to ice diving in Hokkaido’s cold northern waters. Japan’s rugged coastlines, where warm and cold ocean currents collide, are renowned for their variety of aquatic life. They…

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Hoshinoya Taketomi

This Hoshinoya resort is located in the heart of Taketomi Island village, one of the 91 government-designated ‘Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings’. By staying in Hoshinoya, you will experience the simple and traditional lifestyle of the Okinawa district in the comfortable and modern way, along with the approximately 320 villagers, including the…

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Hotel Nikko Alivila

Hotel Nikko Alivila is a high class resort surrounded by some of Okinawa’s clearest waters and beautiful coral reefs. The Spanish colonial style exterior with its red tiled roof and white walls is complimented by the blue ocean of Okinawa. The name “Alivila” is a combination of the Spanish words “alivio” (relaxation) and “villa” (country…

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Hotel Nirakanai Iriomotejima

Self-described as “Okinawa’s best kept secret”, Hotel Nirakanai is located on the wild and mysterious Iriomote island. Primeval forests cover the vast majority of the Iriomote, and the hotel offers the comfort and luxury of a high-class hotel within reach of a variety of breathtaking sights, sounds and experiences.

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Hotel Rocore Naha

With a great location right next to Naha’s vibrant heart, Kokusai Dori, the Rocore Hotel offers free WiFi and TVs with multilingual broadcasts in the simple but comfortable guestrooms. The theme of the hotel is “High Quality Okinawa”. Local materials, such as Ryukyu glass and Ryukyu limestone, have been used to create an authentically Okinawan…

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Iriomote

An island in the Yaeyama district of south western Okinawa, Iriomote is Okinawa‘s second largest island. Largely undeveloped, nearly 90 percent of the island is covered by dense jungle and mangrove forests, much of which makes up the Iriomote National Park, the southernmost of Japan’s national parks. Iriomote’s attractions are based around tours to Iriomote’s…

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Ishigaki

Ishigaki is the main island of the Yaeyama island group in south western Okinawa. The island offers several pleasant beaches and has good snorkeling and diving in the surrounding coral reefs. Snorkeling can be enjoyed at nearly every beach on the island, while diving is usually arranged through one of the many dive shops. For…

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Jusandi Villa

“JUSANDI” means “sunset” in the local Okinawa dialect, and on the subtropical island of Ishigaki, surrounded by nature, sunset over the sea couldn’t be more beautiful. Jusandi Villa provides a moment of luxury with 4 individual villas each with their own garden and private pool. The restaurant serves delicious Japanese cuisine cooked from fresh local…

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Kerama Islands

Less than an hour by ferry from the main island of Okinawa Honto, the Kerama Islands boast unspoilt beaches, coral reefs, and stunning scenery. Scuba diving and snorkelling are popular, and friendly sea turtles make unforgettable swimming companions. In the winter months, migrating whales pass near the Kerama Islands, making for spectacular whale watching.

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Kerama Terrace Tokashiki

This compact hotel is a 2 minute walk from Tokashiki‘s pristine Aharen Beach.  The water is warm and the fish are plentiful.  You can rent diving equipment at the hotel for a reasonable price.  The staff at the hotel provides a wonderful service – nothing is too much trouble. With its restaurant, bar and spa,…

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Miyako Islands

Just 45 minutes by air from Okinawa main island, the group of eight Miyako Islands are a paradise for divers and snorkellers. With 400km of water separating the Miyako Islands from Okinawa Honto, the islands boast unique wildlife, and are among the few islands of Okinawa not inhabited by the poisonous habu snake. This separation…

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Okinawa

Strung out to the south of Japan, the island chain of Okinawa reaches nearly as far as the Tropic of Cancer: pristinely white-sanded in the blue waters of the East China Sea. Originally an autonomous kingdom, the islands were once known as the Ryukyu Islands, and have a culture, climate and cuisine that are simultaneously…

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Okinawa Main Island

The largest of the sub-tropical islands that make up Okinawa Prefecture, Okinawa Island is also the most populous, with Okinawa city near the centre and the prefectural capital of Naha on the south west coast. Naha was also the capital of the Ryukyu kingdom, and Shuri Castle remains a justifiably popular attraction. Famous for markets,…

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Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa

Ideally located in the central part of Okinawa, Marriott Hotel is convenient in exploring both north and south of the island. The V-shaped building treats you to fantastic views of the sunrise in the morning, and sunset in the evening, from any of the 15 floors. Overlooking the beautiful East China Sea, the hotel also…

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Shuri Castle

Originally built in the late 1300s, Shuri Castle was the palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom and played an integral role in the political unification of Okinawa Hontou. Although it was destroyed in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, the reconstructions are beautifully done and convey a sense of the glory of days gone by. The…

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Taketomi

Part of the Yaeyama islands in south western Okinawa, Taketomi is a small island just off the coast of Ishigaki.The small main village consists mostly of traditional style, single storied houses, surrounded by stone walls, and covered with red tiled roofs and traditional lion-like shisa statues to ward of evil spirits. The island has both…

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Tokashiki

Tokashiki is a small island in the Kerama island group of Okinawa, located a short ferry ride from Okinawa Main island. Popular with young Japanese holidaymakers, Tokashiki has some stunning beaches although not much in the way of high level accommodation.

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