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Okinawa is an archipelago (Okinawa Islands) located in the southern tip of Japan, with the central city of Naha located on the main island of Okinawa, surrounded by Kerama Island, Kume Island, Miyako Islands and Yaeyama Islands. Although this archipelago is quite strange to the Vietnamese people, it is so familiar to foreign tourists, especially Taiwan (because Taiwan is very close to Okinawa, it is very easy to fly by plane). Visitors often come here for their summer vacations, bathing because the sea is very beautiful sea with white sandy beaches, clear blue water. Living Nomads will introduce you a new paradise to explore. Now, let’s discover Okinawa travel blog (Okinawa blog) — The fullest guide for your first wonderful trip to Okinawa, Japan below.

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okinawa travel blog japan

Okinawa beach resort. Credit image: Okinawa travel blog.
kayaking in okinawa
Kayaking in Okinawa
Coral snorkeling in clearest sea water, Okinawa, Japan
Coral snorkeling in clearest sea water, Okinawa, Japan

Okinawa travel blog: When is the best time to visit Okinawa?

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Okinawa’s coastline. Credit image: Okinawa travel blog.

Owing to its favorable geographical location, the weather in Okinawa is generally warm, not harsh, like the summer is too hot, or the winter is too cold. The best time of year to visit Okinawa is from May to August, at this time the weather is very pleasing people to go to sea, because after August is the beginning of the storm season. However, traveling to Okinawa in this period, you also do not forget a indispensable thing is the sunscreen as well as hat, sunglasses, if you do not want to sunburn or possess a black skin like coal.

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Okinawa wild beach
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Standup paddleboarding

Okinawa blog: How to get to Okinawa?

the coastline of okinawa Credit image: Okinawa travel blog.
Credit image: Okinawa travel blog.

Airplane: The most convenient means of transport to save time and effort. There are several airlines from Vietnam to Okinawa but still have to transit. Or you can combine your Japanese trip to Tokoy or Osaka and take the flight from there to Okinawa. There are also many airlines with cheap domestic flights. Some airlines that you can refer to as: Cathay Airlines, China Airlines, in addition, there are two cheap Japanese airlines are Vanilla Airlines and Peach Airlines.

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Ferry: Unless you are Japanese, live long or know a lot about Japan then go by this means, it is quite troublesome because you have to take the bus/train to a certain point and from there take the ferry to Okinawa. The ferry goes very long time, maybe take more than a day to get to Okinawa. So the best way for those who travel self-sufficient are go straight to Okinawa by plane to saving time and health.

toppy-ferry-kagoshima Picture: Okinawa blog.
Picture: Okinawa blog.

Getting around Okinawa

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Okinawa islands map

In Okinawa there are very few trams, public transport is mainly buses, or taxis (but quite expensive). If you have an international driver’s license, then the most ideally you should rent a car and drive yourself. There is another choice of motorbikes or bicycles, but you should not choose to rent a bike if your health “not over the level B”, because of climb mountain pass and down pass is not for you.

From Okinawa's main island, you can get to other islands by ferry or flight.
From Okinawa’s main island, you can get to other islands by ferry or flight. Picture: Okinawa blog.
Cycling is a great way to get around Okinawa, and outside the main city streets there are endless routes to guide you through the islands' abundant nature.
Cycling is a great way to get around Okinawa, and outside the main city streets there are endless routes to guide you through the islands’ abundant nature.

Okinawa travel blog: Best places to visit and top things to do in Okinawa

Northern Okinawa

Cape Hedo: Cape Hedo is located in the northernmost tip of Okinawa, which is a super-beautiful place with rocks covered by moss, green grass. Virtual living, “deep” living here is guaranteed not at all cost. Moreover, visiting here you will see the interference between two oceans: the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea.

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cape hedo okinawa japan Credit image: Okinawa travel blog.
Credit image: Okinawa travel blog.

cape hedo okinawa japan

cape hedo okinawa japan

cape hedo okinawa japan Credit image: Okinawa travel blog.
Credit image: Okinawa travel blog.

Address: Hedo, Kunigami, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture 905-1421, Japan

Daisekirinzan Park (Kunigami-son): Situated in Yanbaru National Park, the park has four famous walking trails, which will take you about 20-30 minutes to get to the end of one road. Walking in this park is fun, surrounded by plants that you hardly find elsewhere, as well as limestone slabs that are chiseled by the nature into the unique shapes. View from the park overlooking the Cape Hedo must say is perfect. For those who want to take photos look like picking the Cape Hedo by hands, should not overlook this view from this park.

Daisekirinzan Park

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Daisekirinzan Park2

Daisekirinzan Park trail
The hiking trail. Credit image: Okinawa travel blog.

Daisekirinzan Park2

Address: 1241 Ginama, Kunigami, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture 905-1422, Japan
Opening hours: 9:30AM–5:30PM
Phone: +81 980-41-8117

Churaumi Aquarium: Traveling to Okinawa, you maybe no bathing, no visit to any tourist attractions, but definitely not to overlook the Churaumi Aquarium, one of the most beautiful aquariums in the world. The three-storeyed aquarium will allow you to admire more than 700 species of marine life diverse and unique. There is also a coffee bar for you to sip a cup of coffee, while watching the fishes swim up and down, the beauty can not imagine!

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium Credit image: Okinawa travel blog.
Credit image: Okinawa travel blog.

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Address: 424 Ishikawa, Motobu, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture 905-0206, Japan
Opening hours: 8:30AM–7PM.

Mihama American Village: Get lost in Mihama you will not think you’re in Japan but somewhere in California. Built on the US military base, the American village is a complex of restaurants, cafes, shops… Right next to the village is a place to watch beautiful sunset.

Mihama American Village

The ever so popular ferris wheel
The ever so popular ferris wheel
There are several areas in American Village and here is “Carnival Park Mihama”.
There are several areas in American Village and here is “Carnival Park Mihama”.
Colorful Nights. Mihama American Village
Colorful Nights. Mihama American Village

Address: 15-69 Mihama, 北谷町 Nakagami District, Okinawa Prefecture 904-0115, Japan
Phone: +81 98-926-5678

Busena Marine Park Underwater Observatory: The observatory the sea creatures lying deep under the sea, whether it is sunny or rainy, you will not worry about the effect to your visit.

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There was a glass-bottom boat in Busena Marine Park.
There was a glass-bottom boat in Busena Marine Park.

Busena Marine Park showing marine life and interior views

Busena Marine Park showing marine life and interior views

Busena Marine Park showing marine life and interior views
Busena Marine Park showing marine life and interior views

Address: 1744-1 Kise, Nago 905-0026, Okinawa Prefecture
Phone: +81 980-52-3379

Kouri Island: This island is very close to island of Okinawa, these two islands are connected by a long straight bridge Kouri overlooking the very scenic view. There are three famous beaches: Kouri, Tokei and Tinu, in which Tinu beach has a heart shaped stone called Heart Rock “sprouting” in the middle of the sea, very cute, if you come here, remember to check-in.

Kouri island

bridge Kouri Island
Bridge Kouri Island

Kouri island

Heart Shaped Rocks at Kouri Island
Heart Shaped Rocks at Kouri Island
Heart Shaped Rocks at Kouri Island Picture: Okinawa blog.
Picture: Okinawa blog.

Southern Okinawa

Okinawa World: If you love history, do not miss the Okinawa World Park. This is the most complete repository of the Ryukyu period — the period before Okinawa became a part of Japan. Besides visiting the historical sites, you also experience how to make a glass vase, drink beer — a specialty worth try at here. And another special thing, do not forget to enjoy the Eisa dance. This is the sacred dance of Okinawa Island, which is also the dance that people give to their Gods.

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Eisa Dancers Parade
Eisa Dancers Parade
Gathering of Eisa members during summer in Naha, Okinawa
Gathering of Eisa members during summer in Naha, Okinawa. Picture: Okinawa blog.

Eisa Dancers Parade

Eisa dancers
Eisa dancers. Picture: Okinawa blog.

Address: Japan, 〒901-0616 Okinawa Prefecture, Nanjo, 玉城前川1336
Opening hours: 9AM–6PM
Phone: +81 98-949-7421

Gyokusendo Cave: A must-visit place of Okinawa World Park is Gyokusendo cave over 300,000 years old, with a length of 5 km, is one of the most beautiful caves in the world. There are many stalactites and gems. Each of the stalactite want to lengthen by 1 mm will need 3 years. The cave is planned for a short distance for visitors explore with the system of very beautiful lights, ensuring you will be surprised when you come here. Especially, the cave is so cool in the summer, step inside the cave you will feel like there are several hundred air conditioners are operating at the same time.

Gyokusendo Cave okinawa Credit image: Okinawa travel blog.
Credit image: Okinawa travel blog.

Gyokusendo Cave okinawa

The 300,000-year-old Gyokusendo Cave at Okinawa World hosts spectacular rock ...
The 300,000-year-old Gyokusendo Cave at Okinawa World hosts spectacular rock … Credit image: Okinawa travel blog.
The always impressive Okinawa World cave.
The always impressive Okinawa World cave.

Address: 1336 Tamagusuku Maekawa, Nanjo 901-0616, Okinawa Prefecture
Phone: +81 98-949-7421

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