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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Okinawa
Okinawa Main Island (Okinawa Honto) 
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Shuri Castle

The center of the former Ryukyu Kingdom, Okinawa Main Island (Okinawa Honto) is by far the largest and most populous island in Okinawa Prefecture and the regional transportation hub. The prefectural capital Naha and most of the US military bases are located on Okinawa Honto.

While much of the central part of Okinawa Honto is urbanized, the southern tip of the island is less densely populated, and the northernmost Yambaru area remains mainly covered by forested hills and small fishing and farming villages.

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Attractions
Naha
 1  Shuri Castle
Reconstructed former Ryukyu royal palace.
User rating: 86/100 (300 votes)
Visited by: 615 users
 2  Shikinaen Garden
Second residence of the former Ryukyu kings.
User rating: 80/100 (60 votes)
Visited by: 109 users
 3  Prefectural Museum
Well done museums about history and art.
User rating: 76/100 (26 votes)
Visited by: 53 users
 4  Tsuboya District
District with many pottery shops.
User rating: 80/100 (42 votes)
Visited by: 87 users
 5  Kokusaidori
Main shopping and entertainment street.
User rating: 79/100 (205 votes)
Visited by: 439 users
 6  Tamaudun
Mausoleum for the former Ryukyu royal family.
User rating: 72/100 (15 votes)
Visited by: 33 users
Northern Honto
 1  Churaumi Aquarium
Japan's best aquarium with a huge tank.
User rating: 91/100 (145 votes)
Visited by: 289 users
 2  Hiji Waterfall
Hiking trail through the forest to a waterfall.
User rating: 88/100 (26 votes)
Visited by: 50 users
 3  Ocean Expo Park
Amusement park with various attractions.
User rating: 87/100 (166 votes)
Visited by: 310 users
 4  Hedo Misaki
Cape at the northern tip of Okinawa Honto
User rating: 84/100 (59 votes)
Visited by: 119 users
 5  Nakijin Castle
Ruins of another former Ryukyu castle.
User rating: 78/100 (75 votes)
Visited by: 156 users
 6  Nago Pineapple Park
Small theme park about pineapples
User rating: 76/100 (122 votes)
Visited by: 249 users
Central Honto
 1  Ryukyu Mura
Pleasant theme park about Okinawan culture.
User rating: 81/100 (73 votes)
Visited by: 156 users
 2  Nakagusuku Castle
Beautiful ruins of a former Ryukyu castle.
User rating: 80/100 (88 votes)
Visited by: 172 users
 3  Nakamura Residence
Traditional Okinawan style residence.
User rating: 78/100 (32 votes)
Visited by: 64 users
 4  Katsuren Castle
Ruins of another former Ryukyu castle.
User rating: 79/100 (30 votes)
Visited by: 62 users
 5  Zakimi Castle
Ruins of another former Ryukyu castle.
User rating: 79/100 (20 votes)
Visited by: 40 users
 6  American Village
Shopping center near American military bases.
User rating: 76/100 (89 votes)
Visited by: 183 users
Southern Honto
 1  War Memorials
Peace Park and other war related sites.
User rating: 89/100 (187 votes)
Visited by: 393 users
 2  Sefa Utaki
One of the most sacred sites on Okinawa.
User rating: 93/100 (23 votes)
Visited by: 43 users
 3  Okinawa World
Featuring a cave and folk craft village.
User rating: 81/100 (117 votes)
Visited by: 223 users

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Recommended Hotels around okinawa - with lowest rates by selected hotel reservation websites
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 Packages
Okinawa Tours
Various tours and travel packages for Okinawa.

User Ratings
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User Rating (by 645 users):
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