Flights to Okinawa

Cheap Flights to Okinawa

Okinawa is a prefecture in Japan which consists of more than 150 islands in the East China Sea. The islands are found between Japan's mainland and Taiwan and boast a pleasant tropical climate that attracts many tourists. The largest of the collection of islands is Okinawa Island. Of the five main islands in Japan, it is the smallest and least populated, making it perfect for tourists looking to experience Japan in a more peaceful and relaxed environment. Home to coral reefs and broad beaches, Okinawa contains many attractions such as the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum and the Churaumi Aquarium where visitors can view manta rays and whale sharks.

Okinawa is famous for the long life expectancy of its people. Individuals born in Okinawa, Okinawans, are considered to be one of the longest living groups of people in the world and boast some of the lowest dementia, disease and cancer cases in the world. Many tourists visit Okinawa for a Japanese island getaway, to sample the culture and learn how Okinawans achieve such a long, healthy life.

Airlines flying to Okinawa

Okinawa is a destination that features on many Australians' travel bucket lists. The flight usually takes around 10 hours, so many travellers choose to combine visiting Okinawa with other areas of Japan or Asian countries. There are three international airports in Okinawa, and the following airlines provide
superior access to Okinawa from Australia.

  • Japan Airlines flights
  • China Eastern flights
  • EVA Air flights
  • ANA (All Nippon Airways) flights
  • Hong Kong Airlines flights
  • Asiana Airlines flights
  • Cathay Pacific flights
  • China Airlines flights
  • Air China flights
  • Qantas flights
  • Korean Air flights
  • Jetstar Asia flights

It is important to note that there are currently no direct flights from Australia to Okinawa so at least one stop is necessary. Though the journey can take over 10 hours, cheap flights to Okinawa are regularly available.

Getting to and from the airport

There are multiple ways to get to and from the airport in Okinawa. The Yui Rail is the monorail in Okinawa and goes directly to the airport. The monorail stops at 19 stations across Okinawa, making it a convenient and affordable option for many tourists.

Alternatively, you may wish to rent a car to transport yourself to and from the airport. There are multiple rental companies and many hotels offer packages that include car rental. Rental cars can usually be arranged on the day of your arrival, but are subject to availability so it is always safer to pre-book.

For people travelling in groups, taxis are a cost-effective option and are easy to hail at the airport. Taxi shuttle buses are also convenient and can help you travel around the island easily, these can be pre-booked before your flight and can often be arranged through your island accommodation.

Getting to Okinawa

Getting around the main island of Okinawa is incredibly easy as the island boasts multiple public transport options. If you plan to venture further afield than the main island, public transport is scarce so renting a car is a more appropriate option.

In Naha, traffic jams can occur so it is recommended to take public transport when possible or even rent bikes for short-distance travel. If you would rather travel by taxi, there are taxi apps such as DiDi and JapanTaxi App, which makes travelling via taxi super convenient. The average starting price of a taxi is 560 yen, though in the evening a 20% surcharge is applied.

For easy access to tourist sites, visitors can travel via express bus or monorail, timetables for both are found easily online. Day rider tickets are available which are cost-effective for tourists who plan to visit multiple hotspots in one day.

What to do in Okinawa

Shuri Castle

Before Okinawa became a prefecture of Japan in 1879, Shuri Castle served as a royal place to the Ryukyu Kingdom. Shurijo Castle is the most popular tourist spots in Okinawa as tourists from around the globe travel to see the castle and its impressive architecture. Due to a fire in October 2019, The Main Hall and surrounding facilities of Shurijo Castle was burnt down. However, other historical facilities and scenery within the vast Shurijo Castle Park can still be visited and enjoyed.

Scuba diving

As Okinawa boasts stunning coral reefs, there are many scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities for tourists who want to catch a glimpse of the underwater world in Okinawa. There are numerous tour companies along the coast in Okinawa who offer different snorkelling packages, e.g. a swim with turtles.

Okinawa World

For a glimpse into Okinawa in the past, and to learn more about the culture of Okinawa, Okinawa world is not to be missed. The theme park is set out as a traditional Okinawa village and teaches visitors about the food, history and music of Okinawa through hands-on activities.

What to eat in Okinawa

Ryukyu Sabo Ashibiuna

One of the most famous restaurants in Okinawa, Ryukyu Sabo Ashibiuna offers both authentic Okinawa dishes and stunning views. Sit in the restaurant's terrace and enjoy its walled garden whilst sampling Jimami tofu (tofu made of peanuts) and Umibudo (sea grapes).

Yakiniku Hana
This restaurant is a must-visit for meat lovers. Yakiniku Hana prepares and serves Ishigaki beef (a high-quality Japanese Wagyu beef) to perfection. Their melt-in-the-mouth BBQ delights are perfectly accompanied by a vast wine selection.

Located in downtown Naha, Yunangii has been in business since 1970 and serves delicious local dishes accompanied by traditional Okinawa distilled spirits.

Check if you need a visa to travel

It is a requirement for most nationalities to have a visa to enter for more than 72 hours.  Visa information can be found here.

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