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Cruises to Naha

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Shuri Castle in Naha, Okinawa, Japan (Photo: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)

About Cruising to Naha

Naha is the largest city in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture -- and one of the country's most well-known. While visitors could spend a week or more exploring the city, there is also much to be seen in a day or two from busy public markets offering local foods to castle ruins to architecturally breathtaking temples, art museums and a historic mausoleum.

Okinawa has a fascinating history: As capital of the Ryukyu islands -- which stretch in a 700-mile arc from the Japan's southernmost large island, Kyushu, to within sight of Taiwan (on a clear day) -- the 55 islands were run as an independent kingdom for a hundred years, trading with China, Malaysia and China. As a result, the islands have a culture, cuisine and language distinct from the rest of Japan, with a vibe and a feel more similar to Hawaii (on the same parallel, though 1,100 miles to the east) than the rest of the country.

The best-preserved example of the time was the magnificent Shuri Castle, but it tragically burnt down in 2019. In more recent history, Okinawa is best known as the site of a massive Allied invasion in the closing stages of World War II, immortalized in countless books and films. A must-visit attraction is the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum, which recounts the battle.

Okinawa is also famous as the birthplace of karate, and you can organize a visit to see a demonstration during your time here.

The climate is sub-tropical with year-round temperatures averaging 72 Fahrenheit, with hot, wet summers, while winters are dry and mild.

Naha, Okinawa has plans to become a turnaround port (where cruises begin and end) as it's well served by direct flights from Tokyo, Taiwan, mainland China and Hong Kong. A second berth to increase capacity is reportedly in the works, as well as a large cruise complex with shops and restaurants, due to open in 2021.

--By Adam Coulter, UK Editor

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Why Cruise to Naha?


A cultural hub offering true insight into the local way of life, regional history and more


A bustling, densely populated city and exploring independently may be a bit overwhelming

Bottom Line:

Naha boasts a rich local culture and is full of historically significant sights and attractions

Naha Cruise Reviews
Used triple lights to find a local English speaking guide, Noriko who organised the transport for the day. Naha is the port for Okinawa which has a lot of history much related to WWII. We visited the peace memoriRead More
Didn't feel that there was much to see here.Read More
Scottish Sinophile
Battle of Okinawa - HA tour was overall very good museum was highlight of tour.Read More
Easy to go by ourslves take taxi but we did not go to the north to see the aquarium even though we stay overnightRead More

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