Okinawa consists of 150 islands in the East China Sea. It’s capital, also called Okinawa, is a tropical paradise filled with beaches for snorkeling in the crystal-blue waters. The waters, cherry-blossom trees and war memorial create a culture very different from mainland Japan. Okinawa embodies a long traditional of Japanese and Polynesian culture.
You can hop between islands by ferry and see genuine old Okinawan villages. Karate originated in Okinawa and is still the best place to learn the art of self-defense.
You’ll want to take advantage of Okinawa’s picturesque beauty by visiting the northern part of the island and seeing Cape Hedo, with its incredible view and World War II memorial. Take a car to Kouri island and have an Okinawan photographer photograph the sunset at Heart Rock, which gets its romantic name from its shape. Also, check out the view from the Kouri Bridge along the way.