Access and Orientation

How to travel between Okinawa Honto and Tokyo

By air

JAL, ANA, Skymark, Vanilla Air and Jetstar Japan operate many flights per day between Tokyo and Naha Airport. Most flights use Tokyo's Haneda Airport, but some flights (particularly the ones by the low-cost carriers Vanilla Air and Jetstar Japan) also use Narita Airport. Flight duration is 2.5 hours.

The regular one way fare by JAL and ANA is around 48,000 yen, while discount tickets are typically available for between 21,000 and 37,000 yen, and air passes can be even cheaper. One way fares by the discount airlines Skymark, Vanilla Air and Jetstar Japan are typically between 5,000 and 29,000 yen.

Japanican offers JAL Special Packages that provide a round trip by air from Tokyo to Naha and back plus one or more stays at a hotel on Okinawa from around 30,000 yen per person. These packages are available to foreign tourists only.

By ferry

Ferry operation between Tokyo and Naha has ceased operation for passengers and is now a cargo-only ferry.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. For the current yen exchange rate, click here.


Due to poor public transportation, a rental car is the recommended means of getting around Okinawa Honto, especially when accessing sights outside of central Naha. Rental car outlets can be found at Naha Airport and in major cities. Note that traffic can be heavy in Naha and central Okinawa, especially during the morning and evening rush hours on weekdays. To get from Naha to northern Okinawa, take the Okinawa Expressway, which extends from Naha to the northern city of Nago (about 1000 yen one way).

Public transportation on Okinawa Honto is limited to buses, with the exception of the Okinawa Monorail in central Naha. The bus network is quite dense, but finding the right connections can be complicated. Furthermore, service can be infrequent on some lines. The main hub of the bus network is the Naha Bus Terminal, but some of the lines can also be boarded at the airport.

One of the most important bus lines is the number 111, which connects Naha Airport and Naha Bus Terminal via the Okinawa Expressway with Nago Bus Terminal in northern Okinawa. Nago Bus Terminal is the hub for accessing the sights of northern Okinawa Honto, such as the Hiji Waterfall.

Also of interst to visitors to northern Okinawa is the Yanbaru Express Bus (Yanbaru Kyuko Bus), which connects Naha Airport and central Naha with the Motobu Peninsula, including the Churaumi Aquarium.

In addition, there are a few airport limousine buses which connect Naha Airport and Naha Bus Terminal with some of the leading resort hotels across the island, including Manza Beach, Moon Beach and Zampa Beach.

Note also that the daily ferry between Naha and Kagoshima stops at Motobu Port on the Motobu Peninsula along the way, and can be used to travel between Naha and the Motobu Peninsula. The one way ferry ride takes two hours and costs around 2400 yen. The ferries depart from Naha Port near the Naha Bus Terminal and Asahibashi Station on the Okinawa Monorail.

Hotels around Okinawa Island

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  • Shima Peninsula
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  • Tokyo
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Japan Guide Recommends:

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Okinawa Kenchomae

Reliable business hotel within walking distance of Kokusaidori Street and the monorail.

Agoda Booking

Hotel JAL City Naha

Conveniently located in the center of Kokusaidori Street in Naha.


Hotel Nikko Alivila

One of the best luxury resort hotels on Okinawa.


InterContinental ANA Manza Beach Resort

One of the most popular beach resort hotels on Okinawa Island.

Agoda Booking

JAL Private Resort Okuma

A leading beach resort in the sparsely populated north of Okinawa Island.

Agoda Booking

Tours and Packages

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Page last updated: February 9, 2015