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Okinawa is the largest of Japan's southwest islands that stretch all the way from Kyushu almost to Taiwan. Okinawa is a tropical island with many great beaches. Naha is the largest city on Okinawa with about 300,000 people, but Okinawa City and Nago are fair-sized cities as well.


The Battle of Okinawa was the last campaign of World War II, prior to the US dropping the atomic bombs. During this battle, much of the southern half of the island was destroyed. The US "owned" Okinawa until 1972, when it was returned to Japan, but there is still a huge presence of US Air Force and Marines on the island.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice beaches, great weather, amazing history
  • Cons:US Military, too many toursits
  • In a nutshell:Enjoy the outdoors
  • Last visit to Okinawa: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated Sep 6, 2013
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Nice tips!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2009 at 8:10 AM

    Interesting tips on an island that I know only from the history books, and films.

  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Excellent page! Both my father and uncle spent some time on Okinawa during WWII as Navy Seabees.

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2007 at 6:20 PM

    Thanks for the description of this historica island. I have an uncle and a friend who were both USA vets from the battle there...alan


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