Okinawa is the tropical island of South Japan located in the Pacific Ocean. Okinawa offers beautiful scenery with amazing water sports. The white sandy beaches make it a perfect location for holidaying with your loved ones. You can avoid the crowds in the mainland Japan and view the cherry blossoms while taking a stroll down the flowery streets of the island. Diving is another big attraction. The Kerama islands and Ishigaki Island are famous diving destinations.
Okinawa is one of the largest islands in Japan. It comprises an area of 1,201.03 sq. km. The island of Okinawa is approximately 640 kilometers (400 mi) south of the rest of Japan. The capital of Okinawa Prefecture, Naha is situated here. The northern part of the island is not very populated but the central and southern parts are quite urbanized which include the city of Naha.
The standard stay at Okinawa for tourists comprises for 4 days and 3 nights. This is the recommended stay, and tourists can complete their sightseeing by staying that long.
How many days to stay in Okinawa:
Okinawa is not a very big island to cover. It is best if you go for a two weeks long vacation, so that you can cover all the spots in a relaxed way.
On subscribing to a standard day tour package of the Okinawa Island, you would get entitled to two meals in a day - the breakfast and dinner. That’s because the midday meal will be bought by you while you are touring the places of interest at your own expenses and choice. Otherwise packaged drinking water, pillows and blankets while travelling, stays in star hotels, and getting lots a standard English speaking guide are the other package inclusions that any standard tour operator will offer.
Scuba diving, visiting the aquarium, trying out the local cuisine, biking in the local terrain, enjoying the local traditional performance, exploring the Ogimi villages, drinking Habushu, tasting the sea grapes, Visiting the Shuri castle and the nightclubs of Okinawa is a when you visit Okinawa.
To visit Okinawa, you need to get to Tokyo first. From there, you can reach the island by air or ferry.
By air: There are many flights like Skymark, ANA, Jetstar Japan which travels to and from Okinawa every day. It will take you two and a half hours to reach the island by air. The nearest airport would be Tokyo’s Haneda airport. However some low budget airlines like Vanilla Air and Jetstar Japan use the Narita Airport. These discount airlines will cost you between 5,500 to 25,000 Yen for a one way travel. Other regular airlines like JAL and ANA cost more than 40,000 yen. But you can travel for 17,000 to 37,000 yen, if you have discount tickets. These discounts are accessible for just a restricted number of seats on each flight and obtainable for a limited amount of time. You can avail the early morning or late night flights as the fares are considerably lower by 10 to 12 percent. If you are going for a tour, it is best to travel times like the new year holidays, the summer holidays or the Golden Week which extends from late April to early May because the discounts are reduced or not made available,
By ferry: The Ariake Ferry Pier on Odaiba River and the Naha New Port are operated by A Line Ferry and they offer you trips to the island. The fares are almost similar as the low cost airlines, starting from 27,000 Yen to around 50,000 yen. It takes about 2 days to reach Okinawa.
You may not limit yourself to the island and can take two or three days long excursions to the mainland Japan to catch some noted tourist spots like the Golden pavilion, Mount Fuji, Tokyo imperial palace, Todaiji palace, Jigokudani national park, and Hiroshima peace memorial.
So, plan your next vacation at Okinawa and make it memorable forever!
With great beaches, lovely places to explore, varieties of Japanese cuisines tempting you, and with some of the sweetest peoples around you who are the kind and hearty inhabitants of Okinawa, what else do you need from a holiday retreat? Well, there is no doubt that Okinawa is one of the best island retreats, and one can forget all chores of life and tensions while being in this place.
A backpack, a beach sandal to traverse the beautiful sandy beaches of the island, sunglasses to cut the glare of the afternoon island sun, and one or two nice summer caps and sun hats are all that will make it one of the best destinations for the sea, sand and food lovers.
Lets looks at the highlights of the island at a glance