4 Unique Adventures To Discover In Okinawa If You’ve Already Been To The Rest Of Japan

From exploring ancient castles to strolling through picturesque beaches, here are 4 exciting things to see and do in Okinawa.
1 March 2024

It’s no secret that Singaporeans love travelling to Japan, but their travels are mostly limited to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hokkaido. If you’ve already hit those spots and want to discover more of Japan, one destination that we’d recommend you add to your list is Okinawa. The best part is you don’t even have to transit in any airports to get to the island from Singapore, as Jetstar operates three direct flights from Changi Airport to Naha Airport, including their return trips.

From exploring ancient castles to strolling through picturesque beaches, here are 4 exciting things to see and do in Okinawa.

1. Marvel at the grandeur that is Shuri Castle

okinawa shurijo park
© Okinawa Memorial National Government Park (Shurijo Park)

Castles come in all shapes, sizes, and colours, and Okinawa’s Shuri Castle takes the cake as one of the most dramatic monuments. The UNESCO World Heritage site is clad in red tiles that contrast against the blue skies, making it one of the most iconic sights to see in Okinawa.

Note: The Shuri Castle is currently undergoing a restoration, and visitors will be able to check out the progress of the reconstruction of the sprawling site.

2. Go for a dip or a tan at Okinawa’s beaches

okinawa beaches

When we think of outdoor activities in Japan, we usually imagine going skiing in Hokkaido or hiking around the country’s many mountains. But for those who want some R&R, there’s always Okinawa’s sunny beaches to laze on.

We’d recommend planning a day trip to the Blue Cave at Onna Village or Kerama Islands for water activities like snorkelling and diving.

3. Check out the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

okinawa churaumi aquarium
© Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park (Ocean Expo Park) / Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

One of the things that you have to do in Okinawa is to check out the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Considered by many to be Japan’s best aquarium, there are over 3 floors of marine life for you to discover.

The statement in the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is the Kuroshio Sea Tank, one of the largest tanks in the world that boasts plenty of species, including whale sharks and manta rays that will make you stop and stare in awe when they swim along the giant acrylic panel.

4. Indulge in Okinawan soba

okinawan soba

Sushi, ramen, and soba are the three cornerstones of Japanese cuisine, and Okinawa is one of the best places to taste and forget your diet when it comes to the latter. Okinawan soba is not your traditional soba as it resembles ramen more with a thicker wheat noodle, pork belly, and red ginger toppings.

What to do when you visit Okinawa

Japan is one of the few places in the world where there’s always something new to discover in every different prefecture. If you haven’t been to Okinawa yet, perhaps you can consider 2024 to be the year you check the island out. Best of all, you don’t have to break the bank for air tickets, as Jetstar is offering affordable tickets for direct flights from Singapore to Okinawa. Jetstar is also the only airline that flies direct from Singapore to the Japanese island.

Three return services are available every week, with flights departing Changi Airport on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. The 5-hour-long flights also arrive at Naha Airport early morning, giving you plenty of time to freshen up and explore Okinawa without feeling like you’re losing a day to travel.

To explore more of Okinawa, check out Japan National Tourism Organization's (JNTO) curated information here.

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