In Photos: The Sights and Tastes of Okinawa

If you’re looking to experience a subtropical island paradise in Japan, Okinawa – the southernmost prefecture of the country – is the place to go to, with its crystal blue seas, white sand beaches, colorful marine life and rare flora and fauna. It has one-of-a-kind architectural masterpieces, unique arts and crafts and a distinct food culture. Its people are known for being friendly, warm and laid back.

Heiwadori food market in Naha
Ikei Island
Traditional Okinawan house
Soki Soba (Okinawan Noodles with Spare Ribs)
Tofu Champuru (Okinawan-style Stir-fried Tofu and Vegetables)
Sata Andagi (Okinawan Doughnut)
Tsuboya Pottery District in Naha
Shisa, the traditional Okinawan guardian of the house

Fast Facts

  • Okinawa was once an independent kingdom until late 18th century
  • Okinawa is well-known as the area of longevity.
  • 160 islands comprise Okinawa
  • 9.8 million visitors in 2018
  • 1.44 million island population (as of May 2018)
  • 23.1 degrees celsius (average temperature)

- Words by Florenda Corpuz, Photographs by Din Eugenio