OKINAWA

Okinawa (沖縄) is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, an island chain to the south of mainland. The name Okinawa means “rope in the open sea”, a fairly apt description of this long stretch of islands between mainland Japan and Taiwan. Consisting of 49 inhabited islands and 111 uninhabited islands, Okinawa has a subtropical/tropical climate. Unlike the other Japanese subtropical/tropical islands such as Ogasawara Islands, Amami Islands and Tokara Islands, there are frequent flights from all the major cities of Japan, which helps Okinawa being one of the major tourist destinations for the Japanese. Every year there are more and more foreign visitors going to Okinawa but the number still remains low compared to the tourist destinations on mainland Japan.
…WikiTravel



Diving. The Okinawa archipelago is known as one of the world’s best diving destinations, having a number of coral species and marine lives as large as those in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. You can find over 400 types of corals, 5 types of sea turtles, manta rays, whale sharks, hammerhead sharks and many kinds of tropical fish.


Beach. Most people come to Okinawa for the sun and beaches. Even in midwinter, when many areas of the mainland Japan teeter around the freezing point, temperatures rarely dip below 15°C in Okinawa. For more adventurous types, the vast yet almost uninhabited island of Iriomote is covered in dense jungle.


Historical sites related to World War II can be found throughout the islands, especially the main island of Okinawa, including the Peace Memorial Park in Naha, the navy’s former underground headquarters and the Himeyuri Monument. …WikiTravel

OKINAWA NEWS

3 Nov

NHK has learned that security guards at Shuri Castle in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan, first detected smoke in the northern side of the main hall in Thursday’s fire.
(NHK)

1 Nov

Police in Japan’s southern prefecture of Okinawa have told NHK that the entrance to the main hall at Shurijo Castle was found closed shortly after the fire started.
(NHK)

31 Oct

A fire is raging at Shuri Castle, a UNESCO’s World Heritage site in the southern prefecture of Okinawa. It started early Thursday morning. Fire trucks have rushed to the scene.
(NHK)

9 Oct

Japanese weather forecasters warn that a large and violent typhoon may approach wide areas from western to northern Japan over the weekend.
(NHK)

8 Oct

The extremely large typhoon Hagibis is gaining force over the Pacific south of Japan and is forecast to approach Kyushu, Shikoku and Honshu during the upcoming three-day weekend, the Meteorological Agency said. (Japan Times)

2 Oct

Yomiuri Giants captain Hayato Sakamoto was among the 28 players named Tuesday to the Japan national team for the upcoming Premier12, an international baseball event that doubles as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Japan Times)

1 Oct

A large and strong typhoon is bringing heavy rains and powerful winds to parts of southwestern Japan.
(NHK)

30 Sep

Typhoon Mitag is expected to move close to the Sakishima Islands in the southern Japanese prefecture of Okinawa on Monday.
(NHK)

21 Sep

A large severe tropical storm is approaching Japan and expected to gain strength. It may affect wide areas across the country over the three-day weekend. (NHK)

8 Sep

An undeclared North Korean ballistic missile base in the country’s southwest hosts medium-range missiles capable of striking half of Japan and anywhere in South Korea, a U.S. think tank says. (Japan Today)

7 Sep

Japan’s Meteorological Agency says a strong typhoon may bring downpours to Pacific coastal areas of western and eastern Japan. (NHK)

6 Sep

Powerful typhoon Lingling is moving north near the main island of Japan’s subtropical Okinawa Prefecture. It has already pummeled Miyakojima and nearby islands, leaving about 20,000 households without power. (NHK)

5 Aug

Tropical storm Francisco has moved off to the north of the western Japanese island of Kyushu.
(NHK)

28 Jul

Real estate companies in Japan are busy building luxury hotels that will charge more than 0 a night, perceiving a shortage of top-of-the-line accommodations due to a surge in international travelers, particularly from the U.S. and Europe. (Nikkei)

19 Jul

Parts of western Japan have been pummeled by heavy rain due to Tropical Storm Danas.
(NHK)

11 Jul

The population of Japanese nationals has fallen for the 10th straight year, while the ratio of foreign residents topped 2 percent for the first time.
(NHK)

8 Jul

A log boat set off from Taiwan on Sunday on a journey of more than 200 kilometers to Yonaguni Island in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan.
(NHK)

2 Jul

Land prices have risen for the fourth straight year, reflecting strong demand in major cities and tourist spots driven by increasing numbers of visitors from overseas and a recovering economy, according to National Tax Agency data released Monday.
(Japan Times)

30 Jun

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday said he told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that a decades-old security treaty between their countries must be changed, reiterating his criticism of the pact as unfair. (Japan Today)

27 Jun

Japanese weather officials warn that a tropical depression south of Okinawa will strengthen as it heads north. They say it could reach eastern Japan on Friday.
(NHK)

26 Jun

The US State Department has denied a media report that President Donald Trump privately mentioned pulling his country out of a security pact with Japan.
(NHK)

24 Jun

Japan’s southern prefecture of Okinawa has held a ceremony to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the end of a fierce ground battle during the final stages of World War Two.
(NHK)

23 Jun

Foreign tourist spending in rural parts of Japan is surging faster than it is nationwide. (Nikkei)

22 Jun

The British science journal Nature has ranked a university in Japan’s southern prefecture of Okinawa in the top ten of institutions with the highest output of top-quality research in the natural sciences.
(NHK)

21 Jun

Japan’s Defense Ministry says Russian military aircraft breached Japanese airspace over the Pacific Ocean twice on Thursday.
(NHK)