Reasons why you should pay Okinawa a visit


Reasons why you should pay Okinawa a visit

Okinawa is a long stretch of islands between Japan and Taiwan. Despite the prefecture of Japan, this association of islands is located about 1.500km from Tokyo, has its own lifestyle and culture as well. In spite of not be as famous as Tokyo or Kyoto, Okinawa is seen as Japanese tropical heaven that attracts thousands of travelers each year. If you wonder why this destination is so astonishing, take a look at the following reasons.

1. An ideal spot for diving:

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Okinawa has a lot of wonderful dive sites with colorful coral reefs

Thanks to the diversity of coral reefs and marine lives, diving in Okinawa is quite hard to defeat. In fact, the warm springs, and visibility up to 40 meters which is suitable to explore the marvelous underwater world. There are many unique lives, such as: sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and so on.

2. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium:

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Don't miss exploring the marine lives in Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Don’t miss the chance to discover Okinawa Churaumi which is the second largest fish tank in the world when you travel in Okinawa. Regard to its features, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is the habitant of whale sharks with 8 meters length and breeding Manta rays.

It's like watching a living movie screen: the glass wall is 22.5 meters high, 8.5 meters wide and 60 centimeters thick. Moreover, dolphins’ performances are regularly held in this aquarium which appeals numerous wanderers at the weekend.

3. Graceful Cherry blossoms:

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The impressive Sakura season in the city

If you desire to enjoy the prettiness of Sakura without hustling in mainland Japan, take a trip to Okinawa. Since subtropical Okinawa is closer to Taiwan than Tokyo, this destination is the first place in Japan to get cherry blossoms, about January to February.

One of the most stunning sightseeing is the floodlit 700-year-old Nakijin Castle opening at night in Sakura season.

4. Magnificent beaches:

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The quiet beaches paradise will not make you disappointed

There are countless marvelous and pristine beaches in Okinawa as: Kondoi, Yonaha, Maehama, Nirai, Aragusuku, Sunayama or Okuma. They are all soft sand seaside with fresh water in emerald tone.

The warm climate and pretty sand is obviously fit in outdoor activities, such as: swimming, diving, surfing, etc. The best period to enjoy the amazing beaches in Okinawa is between May and October.

5. UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

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The majestic heritages in Okinawa will attract wanderers' attention

Okinawa owns a plentiful history and ancient castle can be found around the island, which are 100 years of age older than those found on the mainland Japan. Therefore, it’s not surprising that there are a lot UNESCO World Heritages here.

The most notorious heritages are Gusuku relic and Ryukyu Kingdom. While many are damaged nowadays, they still demonstrate a fascinating history of the island and its struggles in the war.

6. Food Paradise:

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Visitors will be spoiled for Okinawa fresh sashimi

Cuisine in this collection of islands is extremely different from the one in the mainland Japan due to the effect of Chinese, Southeast Asian and American food.

This landmark is seen as the real heaven for gourmets with a variety of delicious and splendid dishes like: Sata and age cake, Soki soba, Sashimi, and especially pork. It is said that Okinawan chef will always use everything from the pig except its oink. You can experience Okinawa’s unique food for yourself at the Maskishi Market in the capital of Naha.

7. Bustling cultural festivals:

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This world's hugest tug of war is one of the appealing activities in every October

Another positive point of Okinawa that impresses travelers is the diversity of festivals. In fact, there are numerous interesting and playful festivals held annually from vegetable to beer holiday, especially Naha Tug of war. The Naha Great Tug-of-War festival is held every October and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest.

8. Home of people having the longest lifetime in the world:

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People in Okinawa have the longest life span in the world

Okinawa citizens are also famous for their longest life expectancy all over the world. The village in Northern Okinawa Island has 139 females over 90 years old. According to many researches, Okinawans have their own longevity thanks to the plant-rich diet of stir fried vegetables, miso soup, sweet potato and tofu.

9. Motherland of Karate:

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This is the homeland of the famous martial art Karate

If you are a big fan of the “Karate Kid”, you should not pass Okinawa. Karate actually had its origin in Okinawa in the 19th century, and then gradually developed around the world. It is a totally weaponless martial art comprising kicking, punching, holds, throws and joint locks.

Instead of trying your hands with some steps of Karate, you will have chance to explore exciting adventure activities here: Scuba diving, surfing, and parasailing.


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