Okinawa is the beachy capital of Japan. It’s laid back, tropical and culturally unique. One thing is clear, it is a world away from bustling cities like Tokyo. The whole prefecture consists of more than 150 islands throughout the East China Sea, in the very south of Japan. The largest island (also called Okinawa) is the main gateway, with plenty of popular attractions ranging from World War II history, shopping, the Churaumi Aquarium and, of course, beaches. Other popular islands include Ishigaki, Iriomote, Taketomi and Miyako-jima, to name a few. Nature lovers will enjoy the abundance of views, coastlines and coral reefs that can be found seemingly everywhere. There are so many things to see and do; we’re sure you’ll find things to do in Okinawa below. 


Island Hopping in Okinawa: Where to Go and How to Do It

There are a thousand reasons to love Okinawa. However, there’s no need to...

Kayaking through Paradise on Okinawa’s Iriomote Island

As I paddled my kayak through the mangroves, a hawk circled overhead and...
The top deck was the only escape from the sometimes claustrophobic space below decks.

The Okinawa Ferry Voyage: Tokyo to Okinawa Day 14

This is the last day of our trip from Tokyo to Okinawa, but...
The bright colors and ornate exterior of Shuri castle is frequently compared to the Forbidden City in Beijing.

The High Walls of Shuri Castle: Okinawa Without a Car Day 1

Its frequently said that a car is the perfect way to experience Okinawa....
Much of Zamami's coastline is comprised of sandy beaches and coral reef.

Zamami and its Many Beaches: Okinawa Without a Car Day 2

While some visitors to Okinawa never leave the main island, travelers in search...
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A Jog through Okinawa World: Okinawa Without a Car Day 3

We returned from island life to the Okinawan mainland with a day to...
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The Okinawan Resort Life: Okinawa Without a Car Day 4

For many travelers to Okinawa, lazing around at a resort is their main...
The largest water-tank at the aquarium is home to hundreds of Okinawa's underwater denizens.

The Churaumi Aquarium: Okinawa Without a Car Day 5

On the last day of our Okinawa trip, we decided to commune with...
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Backpacking Through Japan – An Overview

In the spring of 2019, my fiancée and I spent three weeks backpacking...