VISIT OKINAWA JAPAN Official Okinawa Travel Guide

March 19, 2021

Visiting Okinawa for Karate

Karate is a unique part of Okinawan culture. The martial art was born in Okinawa, and spread around the world. It is now practiced by more than 130 million enthusiasts. For many ka...
March 8, 2021

Traditional Sabani Boating in Itoman

By good fortune, I find myself with five companions in a small boat off the coast of Itoman City, only a 20-minute-drive south of Naha Airport. The water is clear and blue, the win...
January 20, 2021

An Indulgence in Royal Hospitality and Okinawa’s Rich Performing Arts Culture

With its infectious rhythm and energetic hand gestures, experiencing Okinawan folk music and dance is a wonderful part of spending time on the islands. Dig a little deeper, though,...
October 27, 2020

A One Day Trip in Naha with a Dash of Karate

Okinawa boasts some of the best beach resorts in Japan, visited by many domestic and foreign tourists, but did you also know that it is the birthplace of karate? There are some 130...
March 31, 2020

Explore Shuri, a Cross Road of the Past and Present

The Ryukyu Kingdom emerged about 600 hundred years ago, when the Ryukyu Islands were unified for the first time under a single king. The kingdom was centered on the island of Okina...
March 4, 2020

A Selection of 10 Okinawan Traditional Experiences

Below we introduce a selection of ten activities, including traditional crafts, traditional costumes, and food culture, that allow you to experience the traditions of Okinawa. Whic...
March 3, 2020

A Trip Around the History of Okinawa

For 450 years, before becoming Okinawa Prefecture in 1879, Okinawa was an independent country called the Ryukyu Kingdom. The Ryukyu Kingdom flourished as a base for East Asian trad...
February 25, 2020

The Yaeyama Islands — A Blend of Natural Beauty and Timeless Culture

The Yaeyama Islands are widely known for their natural beauty, gorgeous beaches, superb diving, and lush vegetation. The entire area is a jewel of nature and important enough to be...
February 14, 2020

Discovering Sefa-utaki, Okinawa’s Spiritual Heart

Hidden by lush vegetation, Sefa-utaki is the most sacred place in the Ryukyu Kingdom. A visit to this hallowed ground, created amongst coral rocks and verdant trees, provides trave...
January 24, 2020

Visiting Tsuboya Yachimun Street

Whether you are sitting at a dining table or walking through the aisles of a souvenir shop, the eyes are automatically drawn to the colors and craftsmanship of traditional Okinawan...
January 24, 2020

A Day in Shuri — Tracing the Roots of Awamori

A quick ride on the Yui Rail, and once again I found myself in Shuri, Naha’s old city and the heart of Okinawan culture and history. On my last visit I spent all my time in Shurijo...
December 27, 2019

Karate – Okinawa’s Bridge to the World

My time in Naha had coincided with the Karate Day, and being a bit of a martial arts buff, I took the opportunity to see one of the most impressive displays of martial arts to be f...