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Things to do in Okinawa

Best attractions to visit in Okinawa

1. Aguni Island - Okinawa

Aguni Island

Aguni Island is an island in Japan, which is part of the Okinawa Islands and administratively in the Okinawa Prefecture. It is located 60km Northwest from Naha on Okinawa Island in East China Sea. Do you remember the last time you saw a beautiful sunset? Do you have favorite places to see the sunset? There are many places famous for the sunset in Japan and Aguni Island in Okinawa is among them. It is one of the top tourist destination in the city.

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2. Chatan - Okinawa

Chatan

Chatan Town: some know it as American Village or Hamby Town and even just Mihama. Whether the name is called, it is very well known as a place to have fun with friends and go out on dates. In the Ryukyu Kingdom Era, what is now Chatan was made up of nine villages; Aniya, Chatan, Kuwae, Heianzan, Sunabe, Noguni, Yara, Kadena and Yamauchi. When Ginowan was established in 1671, Aniya and Yamauchi were incorporated into Ginowan district and Goeku district. From the remaining seven, five new villages were split off, bringing the total to 12.

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3. Hateruma Island - Okinawa

Hateruma Island

The town of Chatan (北谷町) Okinawa has a population of of about 26,500 people yet it is one of the most popular destination in the Okinawa Islands . The town is divided up into three districts: Kitamae, Mihama, and Sunabe. The town is located along one of Okinawa’s main highways Route 58 and not far away from U.S. military bases Kadena Air Base, Camp Lester and Camp Foster. This area of central Okinawa is also a very popular destination for SCUBA Divers an surfers looking for excitement.

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4. Ie Island - Okinawa

Ie Island

Peninsula. In Japanese, it is called "Iejima" & "Ie Island". It has an elongated circular shape. It is about 9 km from east to west and 3 to 4 km from north ti south in width. The island is flat as a whole, but only Mount Gusuku about 172 meters high sticks up. It is the landmark of Ie Island, and the nickname is "Tatchuu". In the island, there are some beautiful natural spots and traces of war. We can visit here by ferry from Motobu Peninsula or by airplane from Naha Airport.

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5. Iheya - Okinawa

Iheya

Iheya is a village located in Shimajiri District, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. It encompasses the island of Iheya. Despite being only an hour and a half ferry ride from Okinawa-honto, Iheya Island (Iheyajima) feels like a world away. Beautiful aquamarine seas, white beaches, green hills and rice paddies, no traffic and only a few Naha-esque concrete jungles make Iheyajima the perfect place to relax and chill-out. Iheya is one of the top tourist destination according to independent reviews.

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6. Iriomote Island - Okinawa

Iriomote Island

Iriomote Island is Okinawa's second largest island. Largely undeveloped, nearly 90 percent of the island is covered by dense jungle and mangrove forests, much of which makes up the Iriomote National Park, the southernmost of Japan's national parks. Iriomote is also a popular scuba diving destination especially at Manta Way, the strait between Iriomote and nearby Kohama Island, where schools of manta rays congregate in spring and summer. Diving tours are available for all skill levels.

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7. Ishigaki island - Okinawa

Ishigaki island

Ishigaki Island is the main island of the Yaeyama Islands and the region's transportation hub. Ishigaki City, Japan's southernmost city, is the Yaeyama's only urban center and is the site of the region's major airport and boat terminal, as well as lots of hotels, shops, restaurants and bars. If diving, be sure to check out the island's famed manta rays which congregate in large numbers around Manta Scramble near Kabira Bay. Ishigaki's rivers, while not quite as wild as those of nearby Iriomote, also offer a jungle like scenery and are nice to explore by kayak.

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8. Itoman - Okinawa

Itoman

Itoman is know as a fishing city located on the southernmost tip of the Okinawa main island. With a population around 55,000, Itoman is located 12 kilometers south of Okinawa's capital city Naha so taking half a day to go visit the city form Naha is easy to do, but a full day would be better as there are some important and interesting things to see and do in Itoman Okinawa. There is an airport in the neighboring area of Naha, so you will want to rent a car near the airport.

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9. Izena - Okinawa

Izena

The Izena Island is located north of mainland Okinawa. The Island has a number of cultural assets, and is known as the birthplace of King sho En, ancestor to the Second Sho Shi Dynasty of the Ryukyu Kingdom. You can camp on Izena Island worry-free, as there are no poisonous habu snakes here. (1 hour ferry boat ride from Nakijin port, Nago city). Izena's primary claim to fame is that it was the birthplace of King Shō En, the first king of the Second Shō Dynasty.

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10. Kerama Islands - Okinawa

Kerama Islands

Okinawa Prefecture, in the southernmost part of the Japanese archipelago, consists of some 160 islands of various size. In addition to Okinawa Main Island, the Kerama Islands as well have been attracting a lot of attention and are the most popular destination for tourists among the remote islands. With emerald green waters transparent to a depth of 50 to 60 meters, this area is also known as one of the greatest diving spots in the world.

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