Okinawa 沖縄

  • Published on : 13/02/2020
  • by : R.A / I.D.O
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What is there to do and see in Okinawa?

Far from the bustle of Japanese cities, on the shores of the pacific ocean with its many shades of blue, in the middle of a beautiful natural setting and a rich and unique culture: a trip to the Okinawa islands is a magical interlude in the tropical Japanese waters. Discover Okinawa.

The tropics in Japan: Paradise islands and subtropical climate

The Okinawa islands extends for approximately 400km from north to south, for 1,000km from east to west and covers 2,281km2 of land. It is surrounded by the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean and contains 160 islands, of which only 49 are inhabited. The population is around 1.44 million (as of May 2018), with the majority being based on the main island, Okinawa honto.

Okinawa enjoys a subtropical climate and does not have a cold season. With an average temperature of 17℃, January is the coldest month and July is the hottest with an average of around 28.9 ℃. It is in Okinawa that the first cherry trees blossom, the kanhizakura, a variety specific to the region.

Okinawa receives a lot of rain between May and June, the rainy season. It is also located in the typhoon zone, with typhoons generally occurring from June to September-October.

City Guide Naha

  • Okinawa, the little Hawaii

With a surface area of 1,206km2, the main island of Okinawa, honto, is the fifth biggest island in Japan. It has 476 kilometers of coastline. Its capital, Naha, is the political and economic hub of the prefecture. The main attractions are also located on the island and in Naha. Historical sites, such as the Shuri Castlethe ruins of Nagagusuku Castle and the former HQ of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

The American presence is still strongly felt around the base in the American village. All of the leisure activities worthy of a little Hawaii can be found there, including cocktails.

Murasaki-mura Beach

Murasaki-mura beach, near Yomitan

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Eisa in Okinawa

Eisa in Okinawa

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Okinawa Ryukyu Glass

Okinawa Ryukyu Glass

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  • Yaeyama, untamed beauty and Ryukyu culture

The most distant islands make up the Yaeyama group, which will be of interest to nature lovers and those interested in traditional culture. The biggest of these islands is that of Ishigaki-jima. The island of Iriomote, which is fully protected, is famous throughout Japan for its jungle and its wild cats. Similarly, the island of Taketomi has the best-preserved traditional villages in Okinawa. Visits take place in carts pulled by water buffalo.

Yonaha Maehama beach, Miyakojima

Yonaha Maehama beach, Miyakojima

The huge bridge connecting Ikema to Miyako-jima

The huge bridge connecting Ikema to Miyako-jima

Shirahama beach

Shirahama beach

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Urauchi River, Iriomote

Urauchi River, Iriomote

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How to travel to Okinawa?

There are three to eight direct flights per day to Naha from the main cities in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka...). They take 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes. The low-cost companies Peach Aviation and Skymark Airlines also provide flights from Haneda and Narita.

Direct flights connect the islands of Miyako and Ishigaki to Tokyo and Osaka (flights of 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes).

Travel on the islands is by bus or car rental is available on the main island.

Ferries connect small islands within the same group, but by plane is the best means of traveling between Okinawa, Miyako and Yaeyama. Flights between these islands take around 30 minutes.

 

Le monorail d'Okinawa

The Okinawa Monorail in Naha

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Our tours in Okinawa

  • Duration : 13 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone - Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Tokyo
  • Included : English-speaking tour leader, 3* Hotels & Ryokan, Transports, Visits & meals
  • Duration : 12 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Mt Fuji (Kawaguchiko), Osaka, Himeji, Kyoto, Nara
  • Included : English-speaking tour leader, 3* Hotels & Ryokan, Transports, Visits & meals
  • Duration : 14 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan, Osaka
  • Included : English-speaking tour leader, 3*/4* Hotels & Ryokan, Hotel temple, Transports, Visits & meals
  • Duration : 21 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan, Osaka, Kobe, Takachiho, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Miyajima
  • Included : English-speaking tour leader, 3*/4* Hotels & Ryokan, Hotel temple, Transports, Visits & meals
  • Duration : 8 days
  • Locations : Tokyo
  • Included : Airport Transfers, 3* Hotels, Transports out of flights, Guided activity, Travel diary, Pocket wifi, Assistance
  • Duration : 8 days
  • Locations : Osaka
  • Included : Airport Transfers, 3* Hotels, Transports out of flights, Guided activity, Travel diary, Pocket wifi, Assistance
  • Duration : 8 days
  • Locations : Kyoto
  • Included : Airport Transfers, 3* Hotels, Transports out of flights, Guided activity, Travel diary, Pocket wifi, Assistance
  • Duration : 9 days
  • Locations : Tokyo,Kyoto
  • Included : Airport Transfers, 3* Hotels, Japan Experience house, Transports out of flights, Guided activity, Travel diary, Pocket wifi, Assistance
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