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Okinawa

What is Okinawa?

Let go of your image of a busy, ordered Japan and replace it with crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches, and relaxing folk music: You’ve arrived in Okinawa. A world away from the high intensity of Tokyo, Okinawans appear to live a laid-back beach life on this paradisiacal tropical island that lies in the middle of the East China Sea almost 1,000 kilometers south of mainland Japan’s most southern tip. Home to a spattering of islands, prepare yourself to discover underwater caves, star-shaped sand, and an island culture sometimes unrecognizable from mainland Japan.

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Getting Around

Most trips to Okinawa start at Naha city, with the flight path from Tokyo to Naha Airport a well-used one, whether you’re traveling from Haneda Airport in Tokyo or Narita Airport in neighboring Chiba prefecture. If you plan to focus your trip around the less frequented but more idyllic islands such as Ishigaki and Miyokajima, direct flights to these islands are also available, but expect to pay at least twice as much for a ticket.

Getting Around Okinawa
2017-08-16
Getting Around Okinawa

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