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The Okinawa Islands (ꏔ, Okinawa Shotō) are a group of about two dozen islands around Okinawa Main Island (Okinawa Honto). The Okinawa Islands are one of three major island groups making up the prefecture of Okinawa. The more southern Miyako and Yaeyama Islands are the other two.

Okinawa Main Island, the former center of the Ryukyu Kingdom, is home to more than half of the prefecture's population, as well as the prefectural capital Naha and the US military bases. It is the prefecture's busiest and most developed island.

The other islands in the Okinawa Shoto are much smaller than the main island, and several of them are not inhabited. Many of the smaller islands, such as Kume Island and the Kerama Islands, offer great snorkeling and diving and a more laid back, traditional pace of life than the main island.

Top spots in Okinawa Islands

Hotels around Okinawa Island

Recommended Hotels
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Okinawa Kenchomae
Reliable business hotel within walking distance of Kokusaidori Street and the monorail.
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Hotel JAL City Naha
Conveniently located in the center of Kokusaidori Street in Naha.
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Hotel Nikko Alivila
One of the best luxury resort hotels on Okinawa.
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InterContinental ANA Manza Beach Resort
One of the most popular beach resort hotels on Okinawa Island.
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JAL Private Resort Okuma
A leading beach resort in the sparsely populated north of Okinawa Island.
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Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: October 17, 2016