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The Ultimate Self-Guided Travel Tour in Okinawa

8 Feb 2024

Top Pick for Summer Travel: The Ultimate to Self-Guided Travel in Okinawa

To soak up the summer sun and enjoy the beaches, Japan's Okinawa is your go-to destination! Whether it's a self-drive tour, whale watching, surfing, diving, or taking a dip in a hot spring, Okinawa has something for everyone. Venture on your Summer journey in Naha city with our comprehensive travel guide!

Things to see and do in Okinawa

Must-Visit in Okinawa - Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Discover the underwater marvels at Okinawa's top tourist attraction - Churaumi Aquarium, boasting the "Kuroshio Sea," the world's third-largest tank. Start from the top floor and meander down to the outdoor seaside, marvelling at the massive "Kuroshio Sea" tank. Here, an 8.8-meter-long whale shark, manta rays, and rare fish species await, offering an immersive deep-sea experience. It's an ideal family destination, with fun for kids of all energy levels and bravery. Don't miss the five daily dolphin shows in the open-air venue, each a 20-minute spectacle of killer whales and bottlenose dolphins.

Plus, enjoy a meal with a view at the aquarium-side restaurant, where marine life glides by your glass-walled dining experience. Remember to book early as the restaurant closes at 5 PM.

Address: Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Average Cost: Adults - 2180 Yen / Children - 710 Yen / Children under 6 years old - Free
Opening Hours: 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM

A Not-to-Miss Okinawa Hot Spring Experience - Ryukyu Onsen Ryujin Hot Springs & Japanese Hot Spring Rikkarikka-yu

Discover the magic of Japanese hot springs, even during the summer. The natural hot springs not only offer a relaxing soak but also rejuvenate you from the summer's heat. Just a 15-minute drive from Naha Airport, Senaga Island (Senaga Jima) is a convenient hot spring getaway. Reach it easily by road, no boat needed. The hot spring hotel perched at the island's highest point welcomes day visitors. An adult entry is about 80 Hong Kong dollars. Imagine soaking in the springs, watching the sunset over the sea, and seeing planes ascend and descend nearby – it's a mesmerizing experience. After the soak, savour a cool Tamagusuku milk, unwind in the lounge with a magazine, enjoy a chat or a massage – pure bliss and top-tier relaxation!

Ryujin Hot Springs

Address: Sesoko Island Hotel
Rikkarikka-yu (Japanese Hot Spring)
Location: Located in the heart of Naha City, next to the Don Quijote shopping centre.

Experience Unique American Flair - American Village

Skip the long trip to the U.S. and discover American Village, where a mix of American-style restaurants and bars brings the West Coast holiday vibe right to you. As you stroll along the beach, you'll come across Chatan Park and the picturesque Sunset Beach. This whole area is ideal for leisurely walks and capturing beautiful photos. Whether you're dining at one of the many restaurants or posing in front of a vibrant street mural, you're sure to find the perfect photo backdrop.

Address: Chatan, Okinawa Prefecture

Explore the Fairy-Tale Hideaway and Instagram Hotspot - Bise Village

Discover Bise, a hidden gem known for its enchanting scenery. Wander among traditional Japanese houses, feel the gentle sea breezes, walk on pristine white sands, and admire the neatly arranged Fukugi trees, many over 300 years old. The play of sunlight through these ancient trees makes for incredible photos. In the village, you have the option to rent bicycles or take a buffalo cart tour. A buffalo cart ride is 2000 yen for four people, plus 500 yen for each additional person. Bicycles are available at 500 yen per day. Don't forget to book in advance.

Address: 〒905-0207 Okinawa Prefecture, Kunigami District, Motobu-cho, Bise
Transportation: A 5-minute drive from the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.