VISIT OKINAWA JAPAN Official Okinawa Travel Guide

Central Okinawa

Enjoy Unique Local Experiences on the West Coast of Okinawa Main Island

Let’s enjoy unique local experiences by taking a course that explores Central Okinawa. When it comes to Okinawa, a highlight must be the beautiful sea. Explore the amazing world beneath the waves by scuba diving and snorkeling at Okinawa’s No.1 popular spot. Furthermore, spend a memorable time at the theme park where you can experience the Okinawan culture, such as traditional arts and crafts.

In the morning, let’s head to Cape Maeda, the most popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers on Okinawa Main Island. The breathtaking underwater world spreads out beyond the stairs that take you down the cliff to the entry point. Only 6 minutes by car from there, you will discover an Okinawa that you did not know while enjoying Okinawan cuisine at the Ryukyu Mura. It is a great place to experience Okinawan culture, entertainment and nature all in one place. When it starts to get dark, it is time to head to the beach for the beautiful sunset. By looking at the sunset without thinking of anything, it will help you to refresh your mind.

1. Cape Maeda

Okinawa’s best-known diving and snorkeling spot is Cape Maeda in Onna Village. You can overlook the East China Sea, and the water spreading out before you has a high degree of transparency. There are reefs around this area and a dynamic drop off. Its most famous spot is the Blue Cave has at mysterious blue hue that attracts many visitors.

Cape Maeda Official Website


2. Ryukyu Mura

Ryukyu Mura in Yomitan Village is a place where you can enjoy the whole Okinawan experience. A Sanshin lesson, craft experiences including Bingata dyeing, indigo dyeing, weaving, Shisa painting and much-loved Okinawan sweet Sata andagi making experience are all available to try. Some of the hands-on experience programs are enjoyable even on a rainy day. An entertainment parade (Michi junee), eisa performance and folk & entertainment show are also highlights. A restaurant which serves Okinawa cuisine is also highly recommended.

Ryukyu Mura Official Website


Araha Beach is located in Araha Park, Hamby Area in Chatan Town. The 610-meter long beach facing the west coast is always crowded with tourists and foreign residents who are living in the neighborhood. The sunset from here is a must-see. On a clear day, the red gradation created by the sinking sun on the distant horizon will show you the meaning of ephemeral beauty.