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Okinawa, located in southwestern Japan, is renowned for its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, making it a world-famous destination for diving and snorkeling among vibrant coral ecosystems. Popular attractions such as the Churaumi Aquarium, Shuri Castle, Kokusai-dori, and American Village, are easily accessible by bus. Even without a car, you can plan a fulfilling itinerary.

Once an independent kingdom known as the Ryukyu Kingdom, Okinawa had tributary relationships with the Ming and Qing dynasties and ancient Japan. It officially became part of Japan in 1879. From 1945 to 1972, Okinawa was occupied and administered by the US and is now home to 70% of the country's US military base facilities. Its unique history has shaped Okinawa's distinct traditions and culinary culture, setting it apart from mainland Japan.


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Main Airports in Okinawa

   Naha Airport (OKA)


Naha City is the largest city in Okinawa, and Naha Airport, located about 3 kilometers from the city center, serves as the main gateway to Okinawa. It offers direct flights to and from Hong Kong, Taipei and Kaohsiung. Traveling from the airport to the city center is very convenient, with a 15-20 minute journey by monorail.

   New Ishigaki Airport (ISG)


Ishigaki Island is the third largest island in Okinawa and one of the islands closest to Taiwan, even closer than Okinawa itself. New Ishigaki Airport primarily handles domestic flights within Japan, including flights to Okinawa Island. Direct flights to and from Hong Kong have not yet been resumed.

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Kanto (Tokyo)  •  Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto)  •  Central Japan (Nagoya)  •  Kyushu (Fukuoka)  •  Hokkaido  •  Okinawa

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