Okinawa, a different Japan Safely accessible by either ferry or plane, Okinawa Prefecture is Japan's foremost destination for tropical island fun. This island chain south of the mainland offers a unique cultural experience distinct from the rest of Japan. The subtropical climate, mesmerizing beaches, unrivaled marine attractions, healthy gastronomy, and bewitching culture makes the Okinawa experience enduringly memorable. Okinawa’s Natural Beauty Surrounded by boundless blue waters, Okinawa is the perfect place for exciting marine activities. Try sea-kayaking and take a stroll on the island's clear blue ocean and enjoy the diverse undersea ecosystem. Equally pleasurable, go big-game fishing and try your luck catching prized tuna and marlin swimming along the Kuroshio waves. Or take a dive and be fascinated with the sundry marine ecosystem of spectacular coral reefs and colorful tropical fishes. Sunabe Point from Sunabe Beach, Onnna Point at Caoe Manza Beach, and Maeda Point at Cape Maeda are some of the most noteworthy diving sites in Okinawa Main Island. Kerama site at Kerama Islands is a world famous diving spot which should never be missed. Soak up the sun and enjoy the fine ocean wind at Okinawa's many splendid beaches that are all equally beautiful and enchanting. Renaissance Beach and Uppama Beach in the North region, Azama Sun-sun Beach and Zanpa Beach in the Southcentral area of Okinawa Main Island are some of the best beaches around. Diverse Culture and the Arts Okinawa is also famous for its craftsworks and performing arts. Make sure to get your hands on some colorful and intricately dyed and woven textiles, skillfully handmade Ryukyu Glassware, and exquisite pieces of Tsuboya, Joyachi, and Arayachi pottery. Enjoy an elegant dance show of the traditional Ryukyuan Dance with their vibrant Bingata costumes blending seamlessly with the relaxing sounds of the three-stringed guitar-like “Sanshin”. Acquire discipline and self-restraint through Okinawa's greatest gift to the world, the famed ancient martial art of Karate. Okinawa’s Grastronomy One of the best things about Okinawa is the food. The traditional island cuisine offers the healthiest foods which is a major factor in Okinawan's longevity. There are virtually hundreds of places and restaurants to try Okinawa's delectable palates, though you might want to try Umi Tamago House (Sea Egg House) and Me Kara Uroko at the Sunabe Seawall, White Kichen at Kinville outside Camp Hansen, and Sea Time Sunset Dining at Onna Village. Ryukyu’s Noble Heritage The “Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu” World Heritage sites are Okinawa's historical relics that serves as a portal to the island's glorious past. Discover the island's immortal past
and visit the Shuri Castle and Shikinaen Garden at Shuri, the Katsuren Castle Ruins in central Okinawa Honto, or the sacred Shinto shrine of Sefa-utaki in Nanjo.
Emerging Modernity And finally, after an extensive nature adventure and historical time-travelling, it's time to experience the city life and head to Naha City, Okinawa's capital and urban locale. Enjoy urban lifestyle at Kokusai Street, a busy area filled with restaurants, boutiques, and souvenir shops. Do some serious shopping at Heiwa Street and the Market's Main Street, a true shopper's paradise. See the latest gadgets and technology at Omoromachi or Naha Shin-toshin, Okinawa's modern district. Okinawa prides itself as divergent culture different from the rest of Japan; and a journey to this island paradise is sure to awaken from within a unique rejuvenated soul.