Okinawa, a prefecture comprised of islands on the southern tip of Japan, is home to nearly a million and a half people. There is a long history of human civilization here, with evidence of human occupation dating back to the Paleolithic era. It is most well-known for role that it played in World War Two. It was, and remains to this day, an important military base for the United States. However, its diverse aquatic life and abundance of natural parks make it a beautiful destination. You’re sure to enjoy the warm weather and rich history of Okinawa!
There are many ways to enjoy Okinawa’s natural beauty. Two national parks occupy this warm and tropical environment. Kerama Shotō National Park, a small group of islands, are characterized by white sandy beaches and sparkling waters. Come between January and March for whale watching opportunities. Additionally, a series of islands in southwestern Okinawa is a designated national park. Iriomote Ishigaki National Park is home to unspoiled tropical forests and pristine beaches. Additionally, the largest coral reef in Japan is between Taketomi and Ishigaki Islands.
Okinawa’s long history has been well preserved, making it an excellent destination for cultural tourism. There are nine World Heritage Sites in Okinawa, from castle remains to royal gardens. The architecture here is historically significant, with some castle remains dating back to the 15th century. Shuri Castle, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, has been fully restored, making it an excellent place to learn about the Ryukyu Dynasty.
The culinary scene in Okinawa is heavily influenced by the 14th century Ryukyu Dynasty, which over time incorporated cuisine from China, Japan, and other Asian countries. Pork is the most popular ingredient in most dishes. For a wide variety of Okinawan restaurants, go to the city of Naha. There are several fine dining options, such as Shokusai Shubo Matsumoto and Izumi, ANA Crowne Plaza Okinawa Harborview which offer both Japanese and Okinawan fare.
The remote nature of Okinawa makes it difficult to leave the prefecture. However, there are some attractions within it that are worth sticking around for. At the north end of the island, Mount Yonaha is perfect for hiking and exploring. It is the highest mountain peak, and rewards visitors with views of the subtropical rainforest and the Hiji Waterfall, the largest waterfall on the island of Okinawa.
There are over 1,600 vacation rentals on the Okinawa Prefecture. For as cheap as eleven dollars, budget travelers can stay in a single bed and use their travel money for excursions within the island. Many rentals come with exciting amenities, such as swimming pools and ocean views. Whatever your vacation style, Tripping.com has the perfect property for you.
Visitors can fly to Okinawa by booking a flight into Naha Air Base, which is 29 miles from the center of Okinawa. Once you arrive, the extensive bus system can take you to most major destinations. Rental cars are also available, providing travelers with flexibility and convenience. However, international travelers should be aware that, in Japan cars drive on the left side of the road!
Looking for a vacation rental in Okinawa? Tripping.com has 120 vacation rental homes available in Okinawa. You'll find 0 studios, 94 1-bedroom, 14 2-bedroom and 12 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $25 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.
The average price of a nightly rental in Okinawa is $166 while the average price of a weekly rental is $25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Okinawa home is $25.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 9 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Okinawa. In addition to accommodating pets, Okinawa rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 108 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 80 have TV and/or cable and 9 have a pool or hot tub.Search properties from 6 vacation rental sites in Okinawa where the top providers in that area are Booking.com, Agoda, and Expedia. There are 50 Booking.com rentals, 35 Agoda short term rentals and 24 Expedia vacation rentals.