Okinawa consists of 4 big islands of the mainland, Ishigaki, Iriomote and Miyako, and other approximately 160 smaller islands. They also are surrounded by an ocean of coral reef which excels at leading the world in transparency, and valuable animals and plants inhabit the forests and groves.
Northern Okinawa Main Island
This peninsula on the main island is popular among tourists with many sites to see, starting off with the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, fashionable cafes, and the Okinawa Soba highway. Dynamic scenery can be enjoyed in the “Yanbaru” forest—subtropical jungles, mangroves, and rare flora and fauna spread out in this foremost nature zone in Japan.
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
The ocean environment of Okinawa is faithfully reproduced here at one of the largest aquariums in the world. The whale sharks and manta rays gracefully swimming in the enormous tank are a sight to see.
A tiny island in the middle of the emerald green sea, the 2 km Kouri Bridge gives one a sense of driving on the water.
A small island which is connected to the Motobu peninsula by the Sesoko Ohashi, and where you can go directly by car from the main island.
You can enjoy marine sports there.
Fukugi Tree Road in Bise, Motobu
Garcinia trees were long used as windbreaks in Okinawa. Enjoy the atmosphere of old Okinawa in this village surrounded by garcinia trees.
Many eateries with views of the ocean or forests dot the peninsula on the main island.
The Nakijin Castle Remains
One of the oldest castle ruins in Okinawa, this stronghold boasts beautiful stone masonries that wind along its vast rolling grounds. At the end of January, the earliest blooming Taiwan Cherries in Japan color the grounds.