Profound history, captivating culture and stunning nature collide in the Okinawa Islands of Japan. Sprawled throughout a clear, turquoise sea, this chain of 160 islands is known for its perfect weather year-round. Flowers are always blooming and Okinawa resorts line miles of pristine white sand beaches nestled next to vibrant coral reefs. The largest piece of land, Okinawa Island, is the heart of these scattered islands and Okinawa hotels in Naha City are close to countless sights and attractions.
Out and About in Okinawa
Much like the ancient art of karate that originates on these islands, life in Okinawa is both physically energetic and mentally relaxing. Vacations to Okinawa are for beach bums, history buffs, and cultural enthusiasts alike. Admire the iconic cherry blossoms on land and the coral reefs teeming with rare, colorful life in the adjacent sea. Bask in the regal ambiance of Shuri Castle, pay homage to the island's difficult history at one of the many museums or monuments dedicated to peace, or stroll among the souvenir stands on palm-lined Kokusai Street and buy some renowned Ryukyu glass. If you're yearning for nature, head to the walking trails waiting among the densely forested mountains on the northern part of the island, or grab a ferry to nearby Iriomote Island, considered the "Galapagos of the East."
Eating and Drinking
Food is the elixir of long life in Okinawa. Its population, famous for their longevity, is rich with centenarians, and food plays a role in their enviable lifespans. Be sure to try the traditional soba – a hot noodle soup with meat – and goya champuru, a unique melon stir-fry. For something different, head to "Little America," the area around Okinawa City's Gate 2 Street, for an Okinawan take on classic American cuisine.
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