Location and Population
Among 47 prefectures in Japan, Okinawa is located in the southernmost
part between mainland Japan and Taiwan. Habited by approximately 1.3
million people, it consists of the main island of Okinawa and more
than 160 islands (48 are inhabited) with a total land area of about
2,265 square kilometers.
The entire prefecture of Okinawa belongs in a subtropical ocean climate
with average annual temperature 22.7 ℃. The average low temperature
during winter is 20.5℃ and it hardly snows or frosts.
Historically, Okinawa was the Ryukyu Kingdom (1429-1879) and actively
engaged in trade with China, Korea and many Southeast Asian countries
Cultural characteristics and conventions born through relations with
other countries in those days still survive in suchinteresting forms
as artifacts and festivals, giving additional charm to Okinawa.
Amazing nature of Okinawa attracts and fascinates people coming in
from any parts of the world. Surrounded by gorgeous yet relaxing
emerald-green oceans and blue sky you will appreciate a variety of
experiences of the wonders of nature such as coral reefs abound in the
beautiful oceans inhabited by brightly colored tropical fish. A typical
menu of participative tour activities would include Bird Watching,
Trekking, Snorkeling and Sea Kayaking.
In Okinawa you can enjoy both modern and traditional shopping which
will certainly fulfill your hearts. The most famous is the Kokusai Street
where a variety of shops and restaurants entertain all visitors. For
traditional items deeply reflect Okinawan culture you find various art
crafts, ceramic and lacquer arts, dyed and woven textile Bingata cloths,
and glass craft of Ryukyu glassware all of which will be pleasant and
excellent souvenir gifts for you to bring back home. For a delightful local
cuisine, visit very unique Makishi Public Market where you can enjoy fresh
and most tasteful local dishes.
2nd APTS Okinawa Office
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of the Ryukyus,
207 Uehara, Nishihara-cho, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa, 903-0215, Japan
Okinawa Congress Corporation
Nippon Seimei Naha Bldg., 3-1-1 Kumoji, Naha, Okinawa, 900-0015, Japan