Best Things To Do in Okinawa, Japan

Have you ever visited a new place and felt ‘wow’ about it? For many visitors, it happens at Okinawa.

Okinawa may not be as popular as other cities in Japan, but don’t let that fool you. Okinawa is a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is worth a visit. You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore at this hidden destination.

You might wish to revisit it someday again, to take a break and relax at Okinawa.

If you have plans to visit Japan and are not sure if Okinawa should be included in your itinerary, keep reading. In this list, we have put together some of the things to do in Okinawa and around. We have a hunch that if you include this city in your travel plans, you will be thrilled you did so.

Tourist Attractions in Okinawa

Here is the list of things to do in Okinawa and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Nirai Beach Image
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    Beach

    Address: Gima, Yomitan-son, Nakagami-gun 904-0327, Okinawa Prefecture

    Nirai Beach has one of the most well preserved marine preserve around the world. You can find coral reefs here along with a variety of tropical fishes, starfishes, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and sea turtles. Low tides are ideal for children to enter the water to see these creatures and to swim while the sheer number of activities available here ...Read more
  2. Cape Maeda

    4.4 (1030 Votes)
    Cape Maeda

    Geological Formation, Nature

    Address: 469-1 Maeda, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa

    Okinawa’s national treasures are hard to ignore and if you truly are a nature lover, come to Cape Maeda to explore the depths of the China Sea. A picturesque cliff with a stairway takes you to the viewing platform that offers panoramic views of the gorgeous sea. Local operators offer diving and snorkeling for tourists who want to witness t...Read more
  3. Zakimi Castle

    4.2 (79 Votes)
    Zakimi Castle

    Ancient Ruin, Castle, Unesco Site

    Address: Okinawa Prefecture Nakagami gun Yomitan village Shimpei 708 - 6 number

    The Zakimi Castle was built in 1416 by Gosamaru who was a renowned general. The workers who constructed the castle were brought to Okinawa from Amami islands who used the materials from the Yamada Castle for its construction. The castle was built to overlook the northern expanse of the Okinawa island. The fortress has two courts. The gate of the...Read more
  4. Cape Zampa

    Zoo

    Address: Cape Zampa, 1233 Aza-Uza, Yomitan-son, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa

    With a stark white lighthouse that is 30 meters tall, a small petting zoo, a rustic outcrop of volcanic rock at the shore, a monument with the statue of Taiki (the first man who sent from the city to China to establish trading), Cape Zampa is a wonderful oasis for those seeking for a rustic terrain with scenic views all around. A giant statue if...Read more
  5. Bios Hill

    4.1 (27 Votes)
    Bios Hill

    Outdoors, Amusement Park, Park, Entertainment

    Address: 961-30 Ishikawa, Kadekaru, Uruma City, Okinawa

    A mix between a nature park, botanical garden, a zoo, a cultural center, a play area for children and recreational green space, the Bios no Oka is a tropical oasis in Okinawa. The place welcomes you with beautiful orchids at the entrance. Walk in and you can see the entire place has a lush green cover with a lake to adorn its landscape. Start wi...Read more
  6. Araha Park

    4.4 (56 Votes)
    Araha Park

    Beach, Park

    Address: 2-21 Chatan, Nakagami-gun, Chatan-cho 904-0116, Okinawa

    Araha Park is loved for its walking trails, access to the beach, a swimming zone safe for kids and a number of picnic spots that are spread around its area. The beach stretches for 800 meters and offers a variety of fun activities along with basketball courts, a jogging track and a walkway/ bikeway that stretches to cover its entire length. The ...Read more
  7. Southeast Botanical Gardens

    Botanical Garden

    Address: 2146 Chibana, Okinawa City, Okinawa Prefecture 〒904-2143

    The Southeast Botanical Gardens spreads over an area of 100 acres and is home to 2000 of plants including more than 400 species of palms, a variety of tropical flowers and also different species of insects. The Polynesian Lake which is a part of the Water Park cares for carps. The water park itself is covered with beautiful Bamboo plants that to...Read more
  8. Sunset Beach

    4.3 (12 Votes)
    Sunset Beach

    Outdoors, Beach

    Address: 2 Mihama, Chatan Town, Okinawa 904-0115

    Located close to the American village, the Sunset Beach is a man-made beach and is one of the most beautiful places to see the sunset when in Okinawa. The US military base is located close by and along with the sea of restaurants and eateries that line this beach and the inviting golden sands, the spot is perfect to stop by anytime during the da...Read more
  9. Aeonmall Okinawa Rycom

    4.3 (201 Votes)
    Aeonmall Okinawa Rycom

    Entertainment, Shopping Center

    Address: Block 4, Kitanakagusuku Awase land planning and consolidation business area, Kitanakagusuku, Nakagami District, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

    The Aeon Mall Okinawa Rycom is popular for selling tax-free goods. From international fashion apparel brands like H&M, American Eagle, Forever 21, Vin and Gap to beauty brands like The Body Shop, Albion Dresser, Sissy Konigin and a variety of restaurants and international food chains, the mall is simply the best of the retail world under one...Read more