Head to the coastlines of Okinawa
White, sandy beaches frame clear, warm waters, teeming with tropical fish of all shapes, sizes and colours here on Okinawa. These islands are an idyllic haven and a slower pace of life, like most of Japan’s beaches. The island chain is located halfway between Japan and Taiwan and stretches for over 1,000km.
With a chequered history of independence, Chinese and US rule, Okinawa has created a unique culture. The main island, Okinawa-Honto, is developed towards domestic tourism, with the smaller islands to the west less frequented by visitors. This makes it the perfect getaway for a beach break you might have thought impossible in Japan. Or for more of a forest adventure, head to the interior for trekking.
There are hundreds of islands here, some inhabited, others little more than a rocky outcrop in the ocean. You’ll discover great beaches and accommodation no matter your budget. And the crystal-clear waters are ideal for snorkelling, with abundant marine life just below the surface.