If you choose to rent a car instead of using public transportation, make sure to reserve GPS navigation in advance and ask the rental car agency to explain how to use it. The GPS devices are in Japanese, but with the location codes for your destinations you can usually get around without a problem.
The seas surrounding Okinawa's islands are considered among the world's most beautiful. With abundant marine wildlife and coral reefs, it is perfect for snorkeling and diving. Pair your Naha cultural adventure with day trips to Zamami Island or UNESCO World Heritage Site Seifa-Utaki.
The museum is closed on Mondays. Plan to start the day early, around 9 a.m. so you have plenty of time to explore each location to its fullest.
Okinawa's climate is subtropical. With temperatures barely falling below 15 °C (59 °F) in winter, Okinawa is easy to travel with kids year-round.
At Shuri-jo Castle, kids under 5 have free admission.
Many families come to explore Okinawa’s natural landscapes, beaches and marine life, but it’s the island’s native Ryukyu culture that is truly unique and has influenced Japanese life for centuries. There’s so much to explore in Okinawa for families, it’s a wonderful place to visit with kids. From music and dance, cuisine, kimono designs and the famous yachimun (pottery made by Okinawan artisans), walking the timeline of Ryukyu culture is fascinating and fun for all family members. In Naha, kids can make their own pottery, meet artisans, visit a 16th-century castle and find out if eating seaweed really does make you live longer!