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The center of the former Ryukyu Kingdom, Okinawa Main Island ({, Okinawa Hontō) 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.

Top attractions in Okinawa Island

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Shrine

Sefa Utaki

One of the most sacred sites on Okinawa.
4.4 / 5
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Nature

Hiji Waterfall

Hiking trail through the forest to a waterfall.
4.2 / 5
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Amusement Park

Ocean Expo Park

Amusement park with various attractions.
4.1 / 5
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Castle

Shuri Castle

Reconstructed former Ryukyu royal palace.
4.1 / 5
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Nature

Hedo Misaki

Cape at the northern tip of Okinawa Honto
3.8 / 5
152
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Amusement Park

Okinawa World

Featuring a cave and folk craft village.
3.7 / 5
288
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Amusement Park

Ryukyu Mura

Pleasant theme park about Okinawan culture.
3.7 / 5
215
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Castle

Zakimi Castle

Ruins of another former Ryukyu castle.
3.8 / 5
59
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Castle

Katsuren Castle

Ruins of another former Ryukyu castle.
3.7 / 5
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Town/Neighborhood

Tsuboya District

District with many pottery shops.
3.7 / 5
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Castle

Nakijin Castle

Ruins of another former Ryukyu castle.
3.6 / 5
200
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Shopping

Kokusaidori

Main shopping and entertainment street.
3.5 / 5
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Shopping

American Village

Shopping center near American military bases.
3.4 / 5
288
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Temple

Tamaudun

Mausoleum for the former Ryukyu royal family.
3.2 / 5
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Access and Orientation

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 Travel Services

Page last updated: February 4, 2015