Okinawa has always been a top holiday destination for mainland Japanese holiday makers to retreat to, and is also becoming a popular getaway for European tourists too. It attracts simply for its sandy white beaches, their fascinating culture and awe inspiring scenery filled with mountains and jungles.
Okinawa is a great area to visit if you make a trip to Japan. Okinawa is a series of islands in the southern region of Japan. There are a variety of Okinawa guesthouses and hotels you could select from with luxurious and exotic ambiences. To narrow down your search here is a list of the most prominent Okinawa hotels in Japan. Okinawa hotels are ideal accommodations for personal or business travel. They are situated in prime locations of Okinawa with many interesting sightseeing hot spots nearby. According to your personal preference and budget you can book one of the many Okinawa hotels,hostels or guesthouses in advance for a good deal.
Unlike the rest of Japan’s 47 prefectures, Okinawa has a different climate and distinct cultural practices and customs. Until 1879, this chain of islands was part of a separate kingdom called Ryukyu. Previously, it had tributary relationships with China and the Tokugawa shogunate as part of the Satsuma prefecture now known as Kagoshima. Later, it officially became one of Japan’s prefectures after several military campaigns. Today, it’s a bustling tourist destination partly because of its sub-tropical climate and the idyllic locations, and partly because the main island has frequent flights going to and from the major cities of Japan.
As the main island in this little archipelago, Okinawa Honto has the largest number of residents and businesses, especially since the American bases were located there. Naha City, which is the capital of the prefecture, features Shurijo Castle – a centuries-old castle that served as the administrative seat of the Ryukyu territory before it became a prefecture. Around two kilometers down south of the castle is the Shikina-en Garden with native Okinawan shrubs and trees flourishing around a central pond. The buildings served as extensions of the Shuri palace and became the second home of the Ryukyu royal family and their kinsmen.
In downtown Naha, the international road or Kokusaidori runs for at least two kilometers straight. This main street is lined with Okinawa private villas, restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, small novelty shops, and large department stores. More shops are found in the Heiwadori, Mutsumidori and Ichiba Hondori arcades, which branch off the main street halfway through it. At the end of Heiwa Street is another shopping area commonly known as the Tsuboya Yachimun Street where pottery stores and ceramic art galleries line the paved road made of coral and limestone.
Tropical Spots and Beautiful Beaches
Located farther down south are the Sakishima Islands, which are divided into smaller groups of islands, Miyako and Yaeyama. Miyako, the biggest island in the eastern part of this tropical archipelago, is the site of the local Strongman Triathlon held every April. One of Japan’s beautiful beaches, Maebama, is found on the south-west corner of Miyako Island.
Tourists can lounge on the beach near Okinawa resort, play a game of beach volleyball, or engage in diving or snorkeling during their stay. Miyako’s watering holes serve Orion, which is the main island’s beer, and awamori, a local brew with as much as 30% alcohol per volume. If possible, visitors should avoid the poisonous Habu jellyfish, which appears between the months of June and October.
Meanwhile, on the southwestern-most part of Okinawa are the Yaeyama Islands, which have the same climate as a tropical rainforest. Its most popular spots include Ishigaki and Iriomote islands. Iriomote is the largest of the island group with thick jungles and swamp-laden mangroves. It’s not as densely populated as Ishigaki, which has a seaport and an airport.
Japan is a great country to visit if you ever get the chance. Whether it’s for business or pleasure there are a variety of Okinawa hotels you can choose from. These hotels range from affordable to luxurious and can be booked in advance for a good deal. You can choose a hotel that’s right on the beach or in a metropolitan area. Most of the Okinawa hotels are within walking distance of the tourist and sightseeing destinations. Japan hotels are the perfect accommodations to feel at home while travelling this exotic beautiful country. Don’t miss out on a unique once in a lifetime cultural experience.