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Tips 

  • Visitors must take into consideration that driving is on the left side of the road in the whole of Japan, and traffic rules are strictly enforced, so drive carefully to avoid tickets.
  • Diving and snorkeling are two of the most popular attractions in Okinawa; however, you must take precautions and respect the marine life. Learn to recognize signs of aggression because some species can be dangerous.
  • Tipping in Japan isn’t necessary.
  • It’s customary in Japan to take one’s shoes off upon entering a place, and while it isn’t always required in certain places like some restaurants and museums, you must always be mindful of the etiquette of each place.
  • Voltage in Japan is 100V with an electrical frequency of 60Hz. Keep in mind that you may need an adapter because most plugs are non-polarized.
  • There are several free Wi-Fi spots in Okinawa that only require user authentication. You can also acquire a short-term SIM card for visitors.
  • There are designated areas for smoking in Okinawa. Smoking in public places is prohibited.

 

Tops

  • The Toilet Bowl is a popular diving spot at Cape Manza, on the western side of Okinawa Hontõ. Here you will find abundant coral, marine life and breathtaking views.
  • Awamori is a distilled beverage made from rice. Native of Okinawa, it’s similar to but not the same as sake.
  • Cape Hedo is the place where the Pacific Ocean, on the East, and the South China Sea, on the West, meet—the northernmost point of Okinawa Island.
  • The Ryukyu lantern festival takes place each year at the cultural theme park Murasaki Mura. Don’t miss the chance to see this glowing spectacle.
  • The Habu Museum Park awaits you at the Okinawa World theme park, with more than 100 reptilian specimens on display, including the local Habu snake and other species like the python and the cobra.
  • Make sure to enjoy one of the Eisa dance performances at Okinawa world, performed to pay homage to the ancestors.
  • For the ultimate shopping spree, the Ashibinaa Outlet Mall is home to more than 100 luxury designer shops that include Armani, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, and more.

 

Text: Amura ± Photo:  Copyright©Japan National Tourism Organization. All Rights Reserved. / pnt

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