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Okinawa Holidays

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If you dare, drink the local firewater, awamori. For virility try habushu, with added snake.

Join one of the world's biggest tugs-of-war, the Naha Giant Tug-of-War Festival, held every October.

Look out for shisa, Chinese-inspired dog-lions, which protect the home from evil spirits.

Find paradise on holiday in stunning Okinawa. Part of a chain of islands far south of the rest of Japan, Okinawa boasts white sand beaches, coral reefs bursting with colourful fish and pristine rainforest ripe for eco-adventures. Karate was born here, the cherry blossom blooms earlier and the Okinawan people live remarkably long lives.

Experience a distinct culture here, linked to the former Ryukyu Kingdom, with its own customs, music, dance and beliefs. Tour sacred Ryukyu sites, such as Shurijo Castle, Shikina-En Gardens, Nakijin Castle and Sefa-utaki, where the goddess Amamikyu came down to earth.

Go whale watching or diving, visit the spectacular Churaumi Aquarium to marvel at its whale sharks and rays, or tour the WWII peace memorials, dedicated to the victims of the Allied invasion of 1945.

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When can we take you to Okinawa?

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The best of Okinawa – things to see and do

Learn Ryukyu crafts, watch the Eisa drum dance or marvel at the rock formations in Gyokusendo Cave. With superb shopping, nightlife and attractions too, you’ll be impressed with Okinawa.

Give thanks for peace

  • 120 ratings

Visit the Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Himeyuri Peace Museum and the Cornerstone of Peace, tributes to the many victims of the Battle of Okinawa in WWII.

Hit the hot spots

  • 230 ratings

Give in to temptation at Mihama American Village, near the US military bases, with its restaurants, shops and entertainment. Kokusai Street in Naha boasts souvenir shops, bars and stalls while Okinawa’s malls sell familiar brands.

Take home local souvenirs

  • 230 ratings

Shop for Ryukyu glass, shisa dog lions, Hawaiian-style shirts, lacquerware, Yomitan pottery and woven goods to treasure memories of Okinawa back home.

Experience local culture

  • 230 ratings

Watch traditional weaving, paper making, pottery, glass blowing and musical instrument making at Okinawa World. Ryukyu Mura Village also celebrates traditional crafts, music and dance.

What ships can I choose for my Okinawa cruise?

    Our ships travel around the world so there are times when they won’t be present in this location. so it’s worth checking back.

    Make the most of your holiday to Okinawa with our amazing shore excursions

    With expert local guides, easy 24-hour cancellations, plus guaranteed first off ship and return-to-ship if your tour is delayed, our tailor-made shore excursions allow you to experience each incredible destination in a whole new way.

    On cruises to Okinawa you can learn all about the former Ryukyu Kingdom of Okinawa on fascinating visits to Shuri Castle and Shikina-en Garden. At ancient Gyokusendo Cave marvel at amazing stalagmites and stalactites and an underground river, or why not shop till you drop at lively Kokusai-Dori Street, browsing the souvenir stores, cafes and market stalls. To book the best of holidays to Okinawa, see some of our most popular excursions below.

    Shuri Castle and Gyokusendo Cave

    Delve into Okinawa’s history and culture on this delightful tour. Discover Shurijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then visit Gyokusendo Cave to see the massive stalagmites and stalactites.

    Best of Okinawa

    Discover Okinawa’s Shuri Castle, Shikina-en Garden and Kokusai-Dori on a four-hour tour. At Kokusai-Dori enjoy the souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs and Makishi Public Market.

    Why book a shore excursion with us?

    Guaranteed first off ship

    Book a tour and you'll enjoy priority departure in port.

    Guaranteed Return To ship

    If our tours are delayed, the ship will wait for you!

    Safety First

    All our shore excursions are planned by insured partners, who adhere to the highest safety standards in the industry.

    Official blog - spotlight on your Okinawa cruise

    Stay up-to-date with the latest posts from the Official Royal Caribbean Blog dedicated to bringing you travel tips, news and information on over 260 destinations.

    Sensational Japanese food

    The people of Okinawa are famous for their long lifespans, and have the highest number of centenarians in the world, discover the secret to their longevity.

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    Explore unexpected Japan

    Shinto shrines and cherry blossom displays are part of the magic of Japan, but there are many more unusual things to explore too.

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    Go beyond Okinawa

    Have you considered these popular ports outside of Okinawa?

    • 250 ratings

    Explore Buddhist and Shinto temples and shrines in Fukuoka, a lively port on Kyushu Island. There’s a lot to enjoy, including serene gardens, tempting shops, mouth-watering restaurants and lovely islands.

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    Explore magical gardens and mystical forests in Kagoshima, on the south of Kyushu Island. There’s exotic local cuisine to discover too, plus sensual hot springs and an active volcano.

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    Be enchanted by Miyazaki’s mystical shrines, with their centuries-old customs and beliefs, or by the area’s beautiful gardens, gorges and beaches. Enjoy surfing, hiking and golf here too.

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