Okinawa Prefecture - 沖縄県

map of okinawa prefecture

When mentioning Okinawa to any Japanese person you’ll most likely see them smiling at the thought of lying on white sandy beaches or swimming in beautiful emerald green and crystal blue seas.

Branching off from the southern tip of Kyushu Prefecture, Okinawa is a vast chain of islands stretching southwards for almost 1000 kilometres to within sight of Taiwan. The largest island is referred to as Okinawa-Honto whilst the 150 other islands which make up this prefecture are categorized into three main groups known as: The Kerama’s, The Miyako’s and The Yaeyama’s.

The first stop for anyone coming here is the main island of Okinawa Honto which is the prefecture’s main transport hub.

Among its impressive attractions is the colorful Shuri Castle. Originally built in the 13th century, this UNESCO listed site was the royal residence of former Ryuku Kingdom that flourished from the 15th to 19th Centuries.

30 kilometers south of Okinawa-Honto is the majestic Miyoko Islands. Miyoko is the 4th largest island in Okinawa Prefecture and is said to have some of the best beaches in the whole of Japan.

100 kilometres south of Miyako lays the Yaeyama Islands famous for their hilly and densely forested interior where you can enjoy a wide range of hiking trails or kayaking along its mangrove covered inlets.

Located within the same island group is the tiny island of Taketomi which represents one of the westernmost inhabited points in Japan. This is where Japan ends and a different world begins, ideal for escaping the stresses of modern civilization.

Although travelling here can be expensive and time consuming, anyone venturing this far is guaranteed to find their just rewards in this little corner of paradise.

For more information about Okinawa, see their official tourism website.

How to get there

Air - Domestic flights operate between Naha in Okinawa’s main island to Tokyo Haneda, taking about 2.5 hours. Click here for its English website.





Weather in Okinawa(Naha)

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Average relative humidity (%)
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Average monthly rainfall (mm)
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Number of days with rain
(1mm or more)
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