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Okinawa Japan: Enjoy A Serene Vacation
By:Howard Brule

Okinawa, which means 'rope in the open sea', is found in Japan. The term seems to refer to how the 60 island chain that makes up the prefecture of Okinawa appears. Okinawa Japan is often considered a little separate from the rest of Japan since it has a more distinct culture and tongue.

Okinawa, Japan is located in southern Japan where the temperate climate is suited to swimming and enjoying the beautiful beaches year round. However, spring and summer are still the best choices for an Okinawa vacation due to the fact that September and October make up the typhoon season.

Okinawa also has many unspoiled islands just waiting for the holiday visitor. There are about fifteen uninhabited islands in Okinawa. Adventurous vacationers will surely enjoy the wild vegetation and wilderness areas (which are quite rare in Japan), as well as the available camping. Most seaside towns in Okinawa have boats for hire. Trips to the outlying islands may be made in most of these ports.

Okinawa culture is distinct from that of the rest of Japan. This is because the Okinawa islands were only annexed to Japan in the late 19th century. Visitors may enjoy watching karate (a native Okinawan sport), enjoying traditional Okinawan folk music, and viewing Okinawan architecture, traditionally topped with guardian lions. Okinawa cuisine is likewise unique, with a distinct Taiwanese flair. Popular foods include bitter melon, pork, Gurukun (a type of fish), and fried dough. American food is also common and plentiful in Okinawa, due to the US military presence.

The stunning Shuri Castle and the quaint village of Taketomi - both preserving the history of native Okinawan heritage from centuries ago - are two of the many popular Okinawa attractions. Tourists also appreciate the ocean splendors available in Okinawa, such as underwater ruins, great reefs, and unique marine species - all of which are visible through underwater museums, tours, and by scuba diving.

Okinawa Japan may be known mostly for its gorgeous beaches but whether you are going to Okinawa for business or for enjoyment you can be sure that you will greatly enjoy your visit in this special place. You can sample the culture and have many things to do and many places to visit.

If you are considering a trip to Okinawa, check out these beautiful Japan images. Howard Brule writes travel articles and provides http://www.sbo-linknet.com/ article marketing services.

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