Okinawa is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, an island chain to the southwest of the mainland. The name Okinawa means "rope in the open sea", a fairly apt description of this long stretch of islands between mainland Japan and Taiwan.
Popular in Okinawa
Miyako is the largest of the Miyako Islands. Most of the Miyako's 50,000 or so residents live in Hirara, the main business and entertainment district on the island.
Taketomi is one of the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa, Japan. Tiny even by Yaeyaman standards, Taketomi gets a disproportionate number of visitors because of its convenient location just off Ishigaki and, above all, its carefully preserved Ryūkyū village.
The Yaeyama Islands are the westernmost part of Okinawa, Japan. The Yaeyama Islands are the most southwestern part of Japan, closer to Taiwan and even Batanes of the Philippines than Okinawa Island, much less the mainland.
Okinawa Island is the main and largest island of the Okinawa Prefecture in Japan.
The Miyako Islands are in Okinawa prefecture, Japan. Miyako, while being a high traffic tourist destination for Japanese tourists, is farther off the radar from the international traveler.
The Daitō Islands are a tiny archipelago 360 km east of Okinawa Island, Japan. The Daito Islands are a part of Okinawa Prefecture, but their earliest developers came from Hachijo Island south of Tokyo.
Okinawa Islands is in Okinawa. Most flights from the mainland Japan and all international flights land in Naha on the Okinawa island.