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Top 10 Northern Okinawa Attractions Everyone Should Visit

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Okinawa is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. Consisting of a few small islands, the total area of Okinawa is definitely not large, but it does take a few days to be explored completely. The Okinawa Islands, the Miyako Islands, and the Yaeyama Islands all have different unique, picturesque scenery and popular attractions.

In this article, we are going to focus on the northern part of Okinawa Island, regarding things to do, top attractions to visit, local cuisine to try, etc.

Northern Okinawa Attractions

1. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

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When it comes to the Northern attractions of Okinawa, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is definitely the most popular and famous one. Apart from enjoying the shows performed by a false killer whale and bottlenose dolphin at Okichan Theater, visitors can meet a rich variety of marine creatures at the Dolphin Lagoon.

📍Location: 424 Ishikawa, Motobu, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa 905-0206, Japan

⭐️More information: Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

2. Yagaji Island


Located at a root of the northern part of the Motobu Peninsula, Yagaji Island is connected to the main island by Warumi Bridge. And the beaches of Yagaji Island is known as a destination for camping, barbecues, and kisu fishing. If you are looking for a serene, carefree and not-disturbed time, Yagaji Island is definitely one of the best options for your vacation.

📍Location: Nago, Okinawa, Japan

⭐️More information: Visit Okinawa Japan, Yagaji Island

3. Kouri Island

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Kouri Island is a circular island located at the northeast of the main island’s Motobu Peninsula. In the summer, you can enjoy activities like swimming and snorkeling on this beautiful little island. In addition, the view of Kouri Bridge from the observation deck at Kouri Ocean Tower is absolutely stunning.

📍Location: Kouri, Nakijin, Kunigami District, Okinawa 905-0406, Japan

⭐️More information: Visit Okinawa Japan, Kouri Island

4. Sesoko Island

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Sesoko Island has a natural, long beach, with about 800m of white sand. In the summer, marine sports and activities such as snorkeling, banana boat rides, and jet skiing are extremely popular here. In addition, about 500 meters offshore lies an expanse of beautiful coral reef, which is accessible on foot at low tide.

📍Location: Sesoko, Motobu, Kunigami District, Okinawa 905-0227, Japan

⭐️More information: Visit Okinawa Japan, Sesoko Island

5. Minna Island


Minna Island, shaped like a croissant, appears as though it is floating offshore from the main island of Okinawa to the northwest. The first thing visitors to Minna Island take notice to is the shockingly high transparency of the seawater which allows a clear view of the bottom of the sea from the surface!

📍Location: Sesoko, Motobu, Kunigami District, Okinawa 905-0227, Japan

⭐️More information: Visit Okinawa Japan, Minna Island

6. Nago Pineapple Park

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According to history, pineapples have been cultivated on Okinawa as an agricultural product for around a century. Nago Pineapple Park is one of the farms that transformed into a tourist attraction due to the increasing number of visitors. The admission ticket to the park includes a ride on an automatic vehicle through pineapple fields and a tropical garden. Bring your children to Nago Pineapple Park now! They will definitely love it.

📍Location: 1195 Biimata, Nago, Okinawa 905-0005, Japan

⭐️More information: Nago Pineapple Park, TripAdvisor

7. Orion Happy Park


When it comes to the liquor that you should not miss in Okinawa, it’s Orion Beer! Orion Beer is manufactured at Orion Happy Park (Orion Beer Nago Factory) in Okinawa. Being introduced to the characteristics and the attractiveness of Orion Beer, in Orion Happy Park, you will be able to understand the whole manufacturing process!

📍Location: 2-chōme-2-1 Agarie, Nago, Okinawa 905-0021, Japan

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8. Kyoda Rest Area


Kyoda in Nago city, Okinawa was rated as one of the ‘top 20 rest stops’ in Japan! Local people here sell locally harvested, fresh vegetables and fruits in the rest area, Please stop by on your way to the aquarium! Tickets to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium are sold cheaply here as well!

📍Location: 17−1 Kyoda, Nago, Okinawa 905-0024, Japan

⭐️More information: Okinawa Travel Info

9. Kinogawa


Here comes the local cuisine! Locates 20 minutes by car from the aquarium, Kinogawa provides the classic traditional Japanese dishes: Tonkatsu Set. The shop is decorated exactly the Japanese style with tatami everywhere! Come and enjoy the Okinawa lifestyle!

📍Location: 健堅-603 本部町 Motobu, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa 905-0226, Japan

10. Yakiniku Motobu Bokujo

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Straightly delivered from the self-run farm “もとぶ牧場”, beef provided by Yakiniku Motobu Bokujo are outstandingly juicy and rich. Additionally, the feed for the “Motobu”(もとぶ牛) is made from the grain of Orion Beer, no wonder they are so delicious. Try it yourself the next time traveling to Okinawa!

📍Location: 881-1 Ōhama, Motobu, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa 905-0212, Japan

⭐️More information: Motobu Farm

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