Reasons to visit Okinawa, Japan

Okinawa, Japan - a tropical paradise?

Okay, so maybe when you think of Japan, beaches and turquoise water might not immediately come to mind, but Okinawa Prefecture is roughly 400 miles (640 km) south of Mainland Japan, categorizing it as a subtropical island. The Okinawa Main Island is the largest of the Ryukyu Islands and is about 70 miles (110 km) long and 7 miles (11 km) wide, boasting a population of 1.4 million people!

For such a small island, there’s so much to do, see, explore and eat! Okinawa is truly a unique paradise and should be added to your travel bucket list. If you need some more convincing, here’s a few reasons to visit and items to add to your list:

  • Beautiful beaches & views

  • World class diving & snorkeling

  • Culture & History

  • Cuisine & Cafes

  • The People

  • Cherry Blossoms

  • Island Hopping

  • Aquarium

  • Safety and Cleanliness

  • UNESCO world heritage sites

About Paige Kelly: Paige moved to Okinawa, Japan with her husband and their dog in 2017 and loves living the island life in Okinawa. Since moving to Okinawa, Paige became PADI Open Water certified in 2017 and Advanced Open Water in 2018 and has logged over 50 dives. Paige hopes to inspire others to learn to dive and help with ocean conservation. She hopes to continue diving as much as she can while living in Okinawa and has goals to become a Rescue/EFR diver and someday a Divemaster! Paige loves traveling and has been to 11 countries and since moving to Japan has gone on many trips exploring Asia. Paige has a BS in Advertising and Public Relations and is also a 200 Hour Registered Yoga instructor with the Yoga Alliance.

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