Okinawa

5 must-visit Okinawa castles

From restored to ruined, these ancient “gusuku" transport visitors to the days when the Ryukyu Kingdom ruled

Now eat! Okinawan cuisine gets a makeover

How a unique island culture is taking its own version of "local" a step further
Battlefields and bunkers: Okinawa's World War II history

Battlefields and bunkers: Okinawa's World War II history

The largest battle of the Pacific War was fought more than 65 years ago, but evidence and relics are easily found around the islands
World music: It's Okinawa's turn

World music: It's Okinawa's turn

Unique melodies float from every doorway along Naha's Kokusai-dori, Okinawa's main entertainment drag
Where is Okinawa?

Where is Okinawa?

A beginner’s guide to Japan’s southernmost prefecture, where the weather is warm and the beaches white
Okinawa's International Avenue: A guide to Naha's massive entertainment zone

Okinawa's International Avenue: A guide to Naha's massive entertainment zone

The Okinawa capital isn't just the port of entry for travelers heading to the beach. It's a place to shop, eat and prowl for oddities
Okinawa travel: 'Take me to Taketomi'

Okinawa travel: 'Take me to Taketomi'

Remote yet comfortable, this tiny island is a time capsule of Okinawan tradition
Battlefields and bunkers: Exploring Okinawa's World War II history

Battlefields and bunkers: Exploring Okinawa's World War II history

The largest battle of the Pacific War was fought more than 65 years ago, but evidence and relics are easily found around the islands
Awamori: A guide to Okinawa's tropical drink of choice

Awamori: A guide to Okinawa's tropical drink of choice

Japan's answer to bourbon is also an Okinawan favorite that deserves a wider audience
History and great buys in Okinawa's Tsuboya Pottery District

History and great buys in Okinawa's Tsuboya Pottery District

The traditional Okinawan industry still lives in the hills and back streets of Naha. Here's where to find it
Zamami Village: The perfect Okinawa escape

Zamami Village: The perfect Okinawa escape

Okinawa's Akajima and Zamami islands offer tasty food, upbeat nightlife and glorious beaches -- even in the off season
Whale watching in Okinawa

Whale watching in Okinawa

Humpback breeding season has arrived. Here's how to catch the big black beauties in action in Japan
Bloodless bullfighting in Okinawa

Bloodless bullfighting in Okinawa

Mention 'bullfight' and most Westerners visualize a matador taunting a bull with a cape and sword. Not so in Japan, as one CNN iReporter discovers
Cute, cool and dangerous: Okinawa's diverse wildlife

Cute, cool and dangerous: Okinawa's diverse wildlife

From gentle dugong to fiery vipers, island life is something to see ... but not toy with
Churaumi Aquarium: Okinawa's riveting sea show

Churaumi Aquarium: Okinawa's riveting sea show

The aquarium's massive tank is one of the few places in the world you can see a whale shark without getting into the water
Deep south: Living the slow life in Okinawa

Deep south: Living the slow life in Okinawa

Laying low in Japan’s tropical getaway is easier than ever, with a new airport coming soon
Okinawan cuisine: The Japanese food you don't know

Okinawan cuisine: The Japanese food you don't know

It may be in Japan, but Okinawa is in a culinary and healthy eating zone of its own