Okinawa (and vicinity)

What you need to know before you go

    Okinawa Island is situated about 400 miles south of Japan, and although now a Japanese prefecture, its origins in the Ryuku Kingdom can still be felt in the ruined castles and traditional villages that sit comfortably amongst pristine beaches and modern markets. Whether you want to tour the 14th-century Shuri Castle or wander down the Bise Fukugi Tree Road, for curious visitors, Okinawa is an open-air museum.

    Leisure seekers will also find plenty to love, as the island offers stunning sunsets, great surfing, and eclectic shops like the Yomitan Pottery Village, where you can find a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

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