How to Spend 3 Days in Okinawa
Okinawa is an island with a deep history, diverse culture and strong political leanings where travelers can spend as much time exploring as they can learning and doing. Three days provides visitors with just enough time to tap into history and dive deep into the ocean for a truly memorable visit.
Spend the day on a historic adventure and learn about Ryukyu Kingdom on a visit to Shuri Castle. Wander the traditional gardens and iconic temples before heading to Nakijin Castle. Stroll through the remains of a 13th century fortress that includes ceremonial grounds, ancient living quarters and excavated archeological sites.
Explore the City
Take a day to venture into Okinawa City—an urban center steeped in history, culture, politics and traditions. Visit the popular botanical gardens, where indigenous plants and rare species are always on display. Experience the electric energy of Daiichi Makishi Public Market before taking a moment of quiet reflection and remembrance at the sobering Himeyuri Peace Museum. Then sing the night away at one of the city’s popular karaoke bars.
Bum around the Beach
Head to one of Okinawa’s famous beaches and spend the afternoon lounging on sandy shores or diving deep into the clear waters. Expansive corals reefs and protected waterways make for memorable snorkeling at places like Cape Maeda, while jellyfish-free waves at Haimurubrushi make it one of the best locations for a relaxing tropical island dip.