The name may inspire images of beautiful beaches or thoughts of living a long and healthy life. While we may not be able to move to Japan’s bit of tropical paradise, a visit to Okinawa may be more affordable than you’ve imagined. Thanks to low cost carriers and off season deals your next family beach vacation may be just a couple of months away!
Okinawa Prefecture consists of hundreds of islands in the subtropics. In the past it was an independent island nation with it’s own language and culture. Since becoming a part of Japan over 100 years ago the local culture has blended in some interesting ways with the Japanese culture. World War II also had a large impact on making Okinawa what it is today.
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Most trips to Okinawa start with a flight into Naha on the “main” island of Okinawa Island. Here are some things to do and places to stay on Okinawa Island.
Getting to Okinawa
For most people traveling to Okinawa arrival will be by plane.
Low cost Carrires such as Jet Star, Skymark, Peach and Vanilla Air often offer the lowest prices. Look for flights which leave early in the day and book early for great deals. Another popular option is using the miles earned on your last few overseas trips with a major carrier to pay for a free trip. For tourists coming from overseas ANA offers a Tabiwari deal which is worth looking into.
Getting around Okinawa Island
There is public transportation within the city of Naha. Visiting the rest of the main island is often easiest if you rent a car. Some tours will provide bus service to popular destinations.
Getting to Miyako Island
There are limited domestic flights to the island.
Getting around Miyako Island
Options include both car rental and public transportation, depending on where you plan to stay and what you plan to do. Visiting the area near where you stay can as be done by bike or scooter.
Traveling has always been a part of life for Houdini whether through books, tales from friends or family vacations. As her kids grow she enjoys the adventures that come with traveling with children and exploring places within a few hours travel of Tokyo.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain