Okinawa, said to be “the Hawaii of Japan,” is petite in size but plentiful in life. It is the largest island of the Ryukyu island chain, which makes it a central location for commerce and other activities.
For the traveler bent on seeing the top attraction sites on Okinawa, these sites would suffice: Shuri Castle, Kokusai Dori (also known as “Kokusai Street”), the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, the World War II Japanese Underground Headquarters, and the Peace Prayer Park.
Video from Kokusai Dori
Kuroshio Sea at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (second largest aquarium tank in the world)
For a more daring traveler, there are many hidden hiking trails and eco-adventurous places to visit. Common hiking spots include the Yara Castle Ruins, Hiji Waterfall, and Aha Falls. Forest Adventure Park is one of the most popular eco-tourist sites on the island. It is a fairly new park in Okinawa’s Onna village and tests the courage and strength of interested customers who use their skills to climb trees and glide through the forest on a special harness.
Hiji Falls in Okinawa Video
When visiting the many sightseeing spots or hiking until the point of exhaustion, relaxation can offer a great alternative. During the summer months, the beaches of Okinawa can be either a great place to relax or mingle with other people. Some well-known beaches on Okinawa are Araha beach, Sunset beach, Toguchi beach, and Emerald beach.
When visiting and salivating for a specific taste, there is always a place on this island to go that will fill or come close to filling this flavor need. On any given day on Okinawa, one can savor an American-style breakfast, taste sushi or ramen for lunch, and in the evening, delight in a home-cooked Peruvian meal for dinner.
This island may seem tiny in comparison to other places, but after spending quite a bit of time on its land, one will see how abundant in activities and food it is. If you have time, check it out!