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Okinawa

 

Okinawa (沖縄) is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and is a chain of islands far to the south-west of Kyushu.


The name Okinawa means "rope in the open sea", a fairly apt description of this long stretch of islands between the four main islands of Japan and Taiwan. Consisting of 49 inhabited islands and 111 uninhabited islands, Okinawa has a subtropical/tropical climate. Unlike the other Japanese subtropical/tropical islands such as Ogasawara Islands, Amami Islands and Tokara Islands, there are frequent flights from all the major cities of Japan, which helps Okinawa remain one of the major tourist destinations for the Japanese. Every year there are more and more foreign visitors going to Okinawa but the number still remains low compared to the tourist destinations on mainland Japan.

So, for this time, we will arrange an optional city visiting, which will guide you to experience the unique culture of this Japanese island as you select from among activities like the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shuri Castle, Churaumi Aquarium, and much more. Private vehicle transport and a driver are included, and an optional guide is also available.

Here we just recommend some sightseeings, not the final arrangements, which will be available in the middle of June 2018. Please wait for it patiently.

 

 

Shuri Castle
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shuri Castle served as a palace for the Ryukyu kings for several centuries until Okinawa became a Japanese prefecture in 1879. (Note: The castle is closed on the first Wednesday and Thursday of July).

Cape Manza 
A scenic rock formation near Onna Village. The name Manza stems from the original Okinawan dialect, meaning ‘big enough for 10,000 men to sit on this field by the cliffs.

 

Churaumi Aquarium

One of the biggest and the most impressive aquariums in Japan, home to huge whale sharks measuring up to 33-feet (10-meters) long, bull sharks (up to 9.9-feet/3-meters long), manta rays (up to 23-feet/7-meters long), green turtles, and many more. (Note: The aquarium is closed on the first Wednesday and Thursday of December).