Traveling to Japan is at the top of many travelers’ bucket lists—and rightfully so. With its rich history, stunning natural beauty, and abundance of activities to take part in during a visit, any trip to the mystifying island nation is worth your time. While Tokyo is known for its neon lights and Kyoto is praised for its abundance of temples, a lesser known destination is quickly becoming one of the country’s most visited destinations: Okinawa. Okinawa promises its visitors subdued crowds and everything we’ve come to associate with Japan—from cherry blossoms to picturesque views of the Pacific. Experience the grandeur of the island by reserving Okinawa beach hotels, that way, you’ll be privy to your own slice of Asian paradise.
If you’re traveling to Okinawa while dreaming of wind-swept days and sandy toes, you won’t be disappointed by what you find on the island’s shores. The beach is one of Okinawa’s main draws, as Emerald beach, Mibaru beach, and Manza beach are all ideal places to spend the day in the sun.
When you tire of splashing in the surf and no longer want to roam around Okinawa hotels on the beach, head to Mount Onna. Take an exhilarating hike up the mountain and be rewarded with sweeping views of the sea. The mountain is located near Hotel Moon Beach in the center of Onna Village, a top tourist destination in which you can peruse local handmade souvenirs and pop into tea shops for an afternoon pick-me-up.
Looking for other ways to pass idyllic afternoons? You could spend hours inside the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. The wildlife haven is home to many different aquatic wonders, perhaps the most intriguing being the elusive whale shark.
Japan is known for its brilliant bonsais, traditional tea ceremonies, and martial arts expertise. But above all else, it’s celebrated for its sushi. There are many sushi restaurants to choose from in Okinawa, all of which offer the sumptuous pairing of fish, rice, and friendly atmosphere.
Begin your culinary journey at Sushi Zen. Scenically located near the Sunabe Seawall, the restaurant provides an authentic feel and mouthwatering sushi. Sit on the floor with your legs crossed and feast upon fatty tuna, hamachi sashimi, and sip on cold sake to pass the warm day.
Still craving something from the sea? Gourmet Sushi Go-Round is located near the beach and offers the entertaining sushi conveyor belt experience that locals know and love. Pick individual items off the conveyor belt as they go by and taste test your way through an authentic Japanese meal.
Fresh tuna and calming beach strolls await you, and all you need to do is reserve your accommodation. The best beach hotels in Okinawa are all available here on Travelocity. Whether you’re looking to reserve a luxurious seafront property such as Hotel Nikko Alivila or a quaint beachside bungalow, we have everything you need to make your Asian adventure extraordinary. So go ahead. Wander wisely.