Okinawa – Main Island | Travel Guide
While a vacation in Japan is usually not associated with the sun, a blue ocean, and a white beach, in Okinawa you can enjoy just that. Okinawa Main Island is the largest island of the island group, and usually the first stop for those who come here for a holiday. In this travel guide, you will see that there is more to the island than just the beach!
The historical Shuri castle that burned down in 2019 is scheduled to re-open in 2022. The largest aquarium in Japan is in the north of the island, and in Okinawa World, you can learn more about the islands’ history and culture. There are also multiple scenic beauty spots around the island, making it perfect for driving.
Okinawa was an independent kingdom named the Ryukyu Islands from 1429 to 1879, which is when Japan's annexed the island group. Shurijo Castle was the seat of this Kingdom for hundreds of years.
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
If you visit Okinawa main island with kids, or you are simply fascinated by the lifeforms from the ocean, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is a must-visit. It is the second-largest aquarium in the world and is part of the Ocean Expo Park located in the north-western part of main island Okinawa.
Naha is the largest city in Okinawa Prefecture. Located in the southern part of Okinawa Main Island, it is the political, economic, and transportation center of the prefecture. If you are journeying to Okinawa, this city will probably be your first introduction to Okinawa.