Okinawa consists of 160 large and small islands, including 47 inhabited islands, and covers a vast ocean area that covers approximately 400 kilometers from north to south and 1,000 kilometers from east to west. The coral reefs, the crystal blue sea, the white sand beaches and the beautiful natural scenery combine to form a diverse and spectacular natural habitat across the archipelago. A visit to Okinawa also allows you to come face to face with Ryukyu’s unique culture and legends.
Okinawa is the fifth largest island in Japan. The island has an area of 1,206.99 square kilometers (466.02 sq mi). The coastline is 476 kilometers (296 miles) long. The straight line distance is about 106.6 kilometers (66.2 miles) from north to south. Okinawa is at the northeast end of Okinawa Prefecture. Since 1972, more than 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of land reclamation have been carried out.
Okinawa today is one of the most sought after destinations in Asia for its beautiful beaches, known as the Maldives or Japanese hawaii where virtually all major resort chains are also installed on the islands. One of the great advantages of Okinawa is the proximity of large resorts to urban locations, greatly facilitating tourism across the island. Right here on our website we publish a selection of places to make your trip even better. HOTELS / RESTAURANTS / LEASERS / BEACHES / TOURISM / SHOPPING.
Did you know?
Okinawa Island had the bloodiest land battle of the Pacific War from April 1 to June 22, 1945. During this 82-day battle, about 95,000 Japanese Imperial Army soldiers and 20,195 Americans were killed. The Foundation Stone of Peace at Itoman Peace Memorial Park lists 149,193 people from Okinawa – approximately a quarter of the civilian population – were killed or committed suicide during the Battle of Okinawa and the Pacific War. Very few Japanese ended up in POW camps. This may have been due to Japanese soldiers’ reluctance to surrender. The total number of casualties shocked American military strategists. This made them fearful of invading Japan’s other main islands, as this would result in a large number of victims.
Information for when you’re in trouble
When you lose your passport
If you lose your passport, send a report of lost items to the Japanese police.
Then contact your country’s foreign embassy, legation or consulate in Japan and perform the necessary procedures.
Foreign Missions in Japan
⌈ Emergency contacts⌋
# 110 Call the police to report an accident or crime.
# 119 Call an ambulance or fire engine in case of injury, illness or fire.
# 118 Calling the Coast Guard to report an accident at sea.
Consultation on diseases and injuries that do not require ambulances
Inbound Be.Okinawa Medical Interpretation Contact Center
This is a service provided by Okinawa Prefecture, who listens to the symptoms on the phone and then gives advice or refers them to clinics that provide services in foreign languages.
TEL: 0570-050-235 (in Japan)
Available languages: English, Chinese (Beijing, Cantonese), Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Tagalog, French, Nepalese, Malay, Italian, German, Russian (16 languages)
Consultations on consumer issues
Consumer hotline for tourists
Feel free to call this hotline if you encounter consumption problems involving shops, restaurants, bars, transportation or accommodation during your visit.
TEL: 03-5449-0906 (* Standard call charges will apply to the call center.)
Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese
Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm (closed on weekends, national holidays and December 29 to January 3)
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