Okinawa
Japan
By Summer Brons

Offering tourists a generous taste of beautiful scenery, unique history and modern tradition, Okinawa is Japan's premier vacation destination. Known for welcoming, friendly locals, a visit to Okinawa is a must for travelers looking for an authentic experience with Japanese culture. WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to book your getaway with us!

Okinawa, Japan is frequented through the Naha Air Base (OKA) located in the nearby city of Naha. Travelers can book their flight reservations by following this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). WhatsCheaper.com can also assist with booking your hotel reservations; just click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to get started.

The prefecture of Okinawa has a wide variety of exciting, must-see attractions. WhatsCheaper.com suggests starting with a visit to the Churaumi Aquarium and Ocean Expo Park. This is a world-class facility sitting on the Motobu peninsula, featuring such creatures as manta rays and enormous whale sharks. Be sure to also experience the Busena Marine Park, which offers access to an underwater observatory and glass-bottom boat tours.

Aside from a fascinating glimpse into the sea, Okinawa is also quite rich in history. Numerous castles were constructed during the Ryukyu Kingdom, and several remains are still intact today. WhatsCheaper.com recommends exploring Katsuren Castle, Zakimi Castle and Nakagusku Castle just to get you started. You'll also want to visit the Nakamura House, a traditional 18th century Okinawa home with detailing such as a red-tiled roof, stone wall and statues of lion-like creatures believed to fend off evil spirits. Further still, the Nakamura House is surrounded by a beautiful garden of elderly trees, some of which are said to be more than 250 years old. WhatsCheaper.com advises you to pair this visit with your trip to the Nakagusku Castle as the two are rather close to one another.

The impressive historical sites and cultural experience aren't the only draws for travelers to Okinawa; the island is also a major military hub. The United States Kadena Air Base is located in Okinawa, bringing frequent visiting family and friends of soldiers to the island. The Peace Memorial Park is the largest memorial for the Battle of Okinawa and includes a museum and several monuments. For full appreciation of Japanese history, WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to stop by the Peace Memorial Park during your stay Okinawa.

If you're looking for a break from all the sightseeing, check out the Okinawa shopping scene. Bustling street markets and lively retail districts offer plenty of opportunity to find the perfect souvenir and discover one of kind local goods. If you find yourself in Naha, locate the streets of Kokusai and Heiwa Dori for the ultimate in shopping paradise. Don't miss the Shintoshin District for two different shopping calls and a variety of restaurant options. And of course, WhatsCheaper.com reminds that you can always look for a souvenir of the natural variety by collecting shells along the beaches of Okinawa as you admire the grand Pacific.

WhatsCheaper.com knows a visit to Okiawa is simply a must. Between the history and kind people of this unique island, a newfound result for culture and tradition is sure to be stirred. Vacationers can plan their visit today with WhatsCheaper.com.

MUST SEE IN Okinawa LIST:

  • 1. Peace Memorial Park
  • 2. Cape Zanpa
  • 3. Zakimi Castle Ruins
  • 4. Okinawa Kodomonokuni
  • 5. Airport Street
  • 6. Yonashiro Ikei Island Monument
  • 7. Nakamura House
  • 8. Zanpa Lighthouse
  • 9. Higa River
  • 10. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Okinawa EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Cherry Blossom Festival - January
  • 2. Okinawa Flower Carnival - January
  • 3. Okinawa Marathon - February
  • 4. Shi-mi Festival - April
  • 5. Yaei Low Tide Festival - April
  • 6. American Fest - April
  • 7. Okinawa Ocean Carnival - June
  • 8. Sanitsu Beach Carnival - June
  • 9. Nago Summer Festival - July
  • 10. Okinawa Eisa Festival - August

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InterContinental Manza Beach Resort
2260 Seragaki, Aza, Onna-Son, Ku-Nigami-Gun, Okinawa, Japan
By D. Gregory Perrin

While vacationing on the island of Okinawa, Japan, there are few hotels that have an all around better experience to off than the InterContinental® Manza Beach Resort. There is parking available for any guests that have a rental car. The hotel‘s friendly staff can greet guests in both the Japanese and English language. Check-in at the InterContinental® starts at 2 p.m. or after on the day of arrival onto the island, and you will receive one of 399 guest rooms available. The hotel also has 6 suites available.

The standard rooms of the hotel have a color television with cable package. Pay per view movies are also available for a minimal fee. Guests who enjoy music can listen to their favorite tunes in the CD player in the room. There is high speed wireless internet in each room for guests to stay in touch; make sure to check with the front desk for applicable fees. The InterContinental® has a mini refrigerator in each room so guests can keep drinks and food chilled. And, there is a tea maker in each room for guests to use during their stay.

The Manza Beach Resort has an outdoor pool for guests to relax in after a long day of sightseeing. There is a business center in the hotel with different services copying, printing and others. Guests can take home a souvenir from the gift shop. The hotel offers currency exchange for guests to make converting to the Japanese Yen more convenient for guests.

WhatsCheaper.com knows you will love your stay at the InterContinental® Manza Beach Resort. Its beautiful location, friendly staff and wonderful amenities will meet all of your desires. Guests of the hotel can check out at any time before 11 a.m. on the last day of their reservation. There is also a late check-out option available. WhatsCheaper.com can assist with booking your stay at the InterContinental® simply by following this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to hotel portion of our website.

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