A city flattened during World War II, Naha has been fully restored and has the vibrancy of modern Japan yet has kept the culture and traditions of pre-war Japan. The city is fast becoming a vacation hotspot of both local and foreign tourists.
Located on the southern part of Okinawa Island along the coast of the East China Sea, the city was founded in 1921. Although the city was founded less than a hundred years ago, it has for centuries, played a significant role in the history and development of Okinawa. The city has more than 320,000 inhabitants, covers a total area of 15.15 square miles, and is blessed with a humid subtropical climate. The city is the tourism, economic, and transportation hub of the Okinawa prefecture. The Naha Airport, you gateway to the city and its surrounding areas, is located about 5 kilometers from the city proper. It is served by domestic carriers such as ANA, JAL, JTA, RAC, and Skymark, and international carriers including China Airline, Hong Kong Express, Asiana, and China Eastern.
The city has a more laid back atmosphere compared to the bigger cities in Japan. It is the favorite vacation destination for American soldiers based in Okinawa and young Japanese revelers. Painstakingly restored and rebuilt after it was destroyed during World War II, the Shurijo Castle is a must visit in Naha. The castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, will provide you with a glimpse of the rich culture and tradition of the city which was the royal residence of the Ryukyu kingdom until the 19th century. Aside from the castle, the city’s top attractions include the Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, Peace Street, Tsushimamaru Museum, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, Shikina-en Garden, Yachimun Street, Tsuboya Pottery Museum, and the Makishi Public Market where you can a seafood feast.
Planning a trip to Japan? You must visit the city of Naha. Consult your travel agent for more details.