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5 Reasons Why You Should Make Okinawa Your Winter Getaway!

Before I came to Japan, I had only vaguely heard of Okinawa. In fact, I’d heard of it because it was featured in the first Kill Bill movie. And when I came to live in Japan, I definitely didn’t think I would be in a country which holds tropical beaches and Hawaii-like weather. I assumed…

17 Affordable and Relaxing Hotels in Gorgeous Okinawa for a Perfect Stay in 2018!

With secluded islands, transparent waters, friendly locals, and glorious beaches, it’s no surprise that Okinawa is hugely popular among both Japanese people and international visitors. Okinawa is a prefecture in the south of Japan which consists of several large islands and many smaller ones. The popularity of Okinawa can be attributed to its warm climate…

Visit Kerama Shoto National Park in Okinawa, One of the Best Diving Spots in Japan

Okinawa needs no introduction. It is widely known as one of the best places in the world to enjoy the warm weather and friendly locals. Visitors can also enjoy fun activities such as scuba diving, swimming, and snorkeling. Okinawa has nearly 20 islands of different sizes. This includes the Kerama Islands, which are surrounded by…

Be Transported to China With This Stunning Garden in Okinawa

Japan has a well-deserved reputation for beautiful gardens and many of its cities have at least one picturesque garden. Visitors to Okinawa often flock to Shikinaen, the former residence of the Ryukyu Kings and one of Okinawa’s World Heritage Sites. While Shikinaen is undoubtedly worth visiting, it is not Okinawa’s only noteworthy garden. In fact,…

Top 10 Souvenirs From Okinawa to Bedazzle Your Friends and Family!

Cherry blossom viewing in Okinawa (沖縄) might have already come to an end but it’s never too late to enjoy the sheer grandeur of Japan’s southernmost prefecture. Due to its geographical location, Okinawa is the only place in the country that enjoys a tropical-like climate comparable to its neighboring countries, such as the Philippines and…

3 Gusuku Castles in Naha, Okinawa to Embrace the Sacred History of Japan

The term ‘Gusuku’ refers to castles, fortresses and sacred places of Ryukyu islands of Japan. Ryukyu islands are the chain of islands extending from Kyushu to Taiwan. The largest of these islands is Okinawa. These islands were previously part of the Ryukyu kingdom. The architecture here is slightly different from the mainland`s. There are many…

Discover Okinawa: Aboriginal Culture and Attractions

The 160 or so islands of Okinawa hold 39 designated national historic sites, of which 9 are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The two most accessible from Naha are the Shuri Castle, and Seifa-Utaki (斎場御嶽), a religious ground. UNESCO World Heritage Sites en.wikipedia.org/ Shuri Castle was the residence of the Ryukyu king who unified the kingdom,…