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.
- 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