101 Things To Do In Okinawa, Japan

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Okinawa has officially been home to us for 4 years!! *insert shocked emoji here* But seriously, that sounds insaaane! Time passes by so quickly, especially when you’re having fun! Anyways, Happy Oki-versary to us! We were pleasantly surprised when we realized that there is so much to do on this little island. I’m pretty sure we haven’t even checked off half of our bucket list! (Seriously, we need to step it up!!)

Is Okinawa your new duty station? Whether you are a single service member trying to make the best of your 2 years on island, a couple or a family looking for fun outings that everyone will enjoy, you’ll find some really amazing must-do’s on this list! If you’re planning a trip to Okinawa, the list will still be helpful, but I’ll be writing a recommended trip itinerary soon! So stay tuned!

Without further ado, here’s my list of 101 Things to Do in Okinawa, Japan:

Historical/Cultural Attractions: 21

Shuri Castle ✓
Okinawa Prefectural Museum
Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum ✓
Peace Prayer Park ✓
Himeyuri Peace Museum ✓
Naval Underground Headquarters ✓
Tomori Stone Lion (Oldest Shisa Dog in Okinawa)
Tsuboya Pottery Museum
Nakamura House ✓
Futenma Shrine ✓
Naminoue-gu Shrine
Nenpou-Ji Temple
Nagagusuku Castle Ruins ✓
Katsuren Castle Ruins ✓
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Zakimi Castle Ruins
Tamagusuku Castle Ruins
Agena Castle Ruins ✓
Melody Road
Naha Fish Market
Sefa-utaki (sacred site)

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Parks and Gardens: 17

Fukushen Garden ✓
Comprehensive Park
Southeast Botanical Garden ✓
Shikina-en Royal Garden
Ryukyu Mura
Okinawa World
Pineapple Park ✓
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ✓
Ryugujo Butterfly Garden
Neo Park
Murasaki Mura ✓
Tobaru Koen Park (Roller Slide Park) ✓
Dino Park
Yohena Ajisai (Hydrangea) Garden  ✓
Kijoka Iris Field
Kin Town Cosmos Field ✓
Bios on the Hill


Events and Festivals: 18

Cherry Blossom Festival ✓
Sunflower Festival ✓
Azalea Festival ✓
Lily Festival ✓
Tug of War Festival ✓
Naha Dragon Boat Race
10,000 Eisa Festival
Shuri Castle Festival
Ishikawa/Uruma Bullfight
Whale Watching ✓
Tsuboya Pottery Festival ✓
Shi Shi Mai Festival
Uruma Sparkling Festival
Summer Festival at Ocean Expo Park ✓
Orion Beer Festival
Ginoza Strawberry Farms
Ryukyu Kings Game
Okinawa Food Flea ✓

Hikes / Outdoor Activities: 8

Tadake Falls ✓
Hiji Falls ✓
Fukugawa Falls ✓
Aha Falls
Stairway to Heaven
Ziplining @ Forest Adventure Park ✓
Camping at Beach Rock Village
Bise Village ✓


Islands: 12

Tokashiki Island ✓
Zamami Island
Ie Island ✓
Kouri Island ✓
Ikei Island ✓
Hamahiga Island ✓
Tsuken-jima (Carrot Island)
Yoron Island
Izena Island
Ojima Island
Ishigaki Island ✓
Iriomote Island ✓

Beaches / Capes: 10

Cape Zanpa ✓
Toguchi Beach
Cape Maeda ✓
Cape Manzamo ✓
Seaglass Beach ✓
Sand Dollar Beach ✓
Ride a Flyboard
Snorkeling or Scuba Diving
Swimming with Whale Sharks
Cape Hedo ✓


Miscellaneous / Shopping + Eating: 15

Kokusai Street ✓
Coral Dying at Shuri Ryusen ✓
Tsuboya Pottery Street ✓
Yomitan Pottery Village ✓
Ryukyu Glass Craft Village
Okinawa Rycom Mall ✓
American Village ✓
Sunabe Seawall ✓
Minatogawa Stateside Town ✓
Sweet Potato Factory ✓
Orion Beer Factory
Helios Distillery
Blue Seal Ice Cream ✓
Daiso ¥100 Store ✓
Okinawa Soba Factory Cooking Class

Websites for more information:

Okinawa Hai
Map It! Okinawa
Kadena FSS
Trip Advisor
Lonely Planet
Tips for Asia Travel [Facebook]

Expat Blogs:

Fun Flying Four
Walking Through Wonderland
Forever Fernweh
Gina Bear’s Blog
and many more. Click through my Okinawa Bloggers page!

Any other things you’d add to my 101 Things To Do in Okinawa list?

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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

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  • this will come in handy for whenever I finally [hopefully] make it to Okinawa!

    • Yay! You definitely HAVE to do a trip! Peach Airlines has suuuper cheap tickets to-from Taiwan! I’m planning on creating an itinerary, so definitely stay tuned for that post! 😉

  • Saving this! Perfect bucket list for our new home 🙂

  • Rhiannon Travels

    Japan is such an amazing country! And this looks like an island that I definitely need to add to my itinerary next time I visit Japan! So many things to do, and the ocean looks beautiful 😍