Why Okinawa Should Be On Your Travel List

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kinawa is a beautiful subtropical utopia that will make your holidays extraordinary and memorable. Located at the southernmost part of Japan, Okinawa provides a comfortable climate all year round so you can skip the thick winter clothing when packing.

From the extraordinary scenery and UNESCO Heritage Sites to the wide range of mouthwatering Okinawan cuisine, Okinawa has plenty of goodies and delights to offer for everyone.

Whether you're a history buff or a travel foodie, there are tons of reasons to have Okinawa on your travel list. Here are just some reasons why you should visit Okinawa at least once in your lifetime!

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

#1 Churaumi Aquarium

Churaumi Aquarium is one of the world's largest aquarium museum, spanning over three floors. With over 70 tanks, Churaumi Aquarium is home to a wide variety of marine life.

Visit the Kuroshio Tank, one of the largest in the world, and find yourself mesmerized by the graceful manta rays and giant whale sharks. There are also some tanks dedicated to sharks with tiger sharks and bull sharks. You can also enjoy animal shows of dolphins, sea turtles and manatees outdoors.

Okinawa Sakura

#2 Sakura Season

The national flower in Japan. You probably think of catching the sakura season when you think of travelling to Japan. Did you know that Okinawa has its own unique sakura season?

You can catch the cherry blossoms earliest around mid January in Okinawa! The species of trees here are also different from the rest of Japan and comes with its own unique deeper shades of pink!

Escape from the buzzing crowd of mainland Japan's cherry blossom and stroll along paths in Okinawa lined with the flourishing trees. Be sure to bring your loved ones and your high-res camera and snap away!

Okinawa Beaches

#3 Beautiful World-Class Beaches

Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the east and East China Sea to the west, Okinawa is surrounded by turquoise waters and home to some of the most pristine and world-class white sand beaches such as Okuma Beach, Sunayama Beach, Aragusuku Beach, Nirai Beach, and Kondoi Beach.

Hop on a yacht and sail off to Ishigaki Island and spend an unforgettable romantic evening with your partner, with a magnificent sunset view as the backdrop.

Okinawa is also paradise for experienced and seasoned scuba divers, deemed as one of the world's top diving destinations, with a huge variety and abundance of marine animals and coral species to explore.

Okinawan Cuisine

#4 Mouthwatering Okinawan Cuisine

Okinawan cuisine differs from mainland Japanese cuisine due to its unique history, when it was influenced by China, South East Asia, Japan and the United States. Coupled with the different climate and its effects on agriculture and appetite, Okinawan dishes is a unique breed.

The signature Okinawa Soba is made of wheat instead of buckwheat like mainland Japan Soba. Okinawa Soba is served in a flavourful broth with a number of toppings like soft broiled pork.

Other dishes like Rafute (rich savoury slices of braised pork) and Umibudo (a type of seaweed that pops in your mouth like mini tasteful grapes). These small dishes make a perfect complement to go with some Awamori (an aromatic distilled spirit unique to Okinawa) or Orion beer.

Okinawa offers a wide selection of mouthwatering goodies for foodies!

Okinawa UNESCO Sites

#5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Do you like to take a walk back in history and immerse in some rich culture and heritage?

Okinawa is home to a unique culture that is different from mainland Japan. Okinawa was first unified under the Ryukyu Kingdom in 1429 before it was annexed by Japan in 1879. The Ryukyu Kingdom prospered through maritime trade between Japan, Ming Dynasty and South East Asia. As such, many external influences have inspired the culture and heritage we see today, like the architectural style and food culture.

Okinawa has plenty of UNESCO World Heritage Sites from the Ryukyu Kingdom such as the iconic Shuri Castle, Nakijin Castle and Shikinaen Royal Garden.

Okinawa Festivals

#6 Countless Festivities Every Month

One of the best ways of holidaying and immersing yourselves in the local culture is to partake in the local festivals like the locals.

Okinawa has many festivals and celebrations every month of the year. Apart from catching the cherry blossoms in January, you can join the Eisa Dance Festival that is packed with performances, traditional food and fireworks. The largest and most spectacular All-Okinawa Eisa Festival is held every August or September in Okinawa City.

Another event not to miss is the Shuri Castle Festival where the Ryukyu Kingdom is brought to life through classical Ryukyu dances and music. There's also a re-enactment of the coronation of the first Ryukyu king. This festival is held near the end of October.

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