|Some of the most popular resort destinations like Taiwan, the northern
Hawaii Islands, the California Peninsula, the Florida Peninsula, Miami,
and the Bahamas are all located on the same latitude as Okinawa.
@About 1.3 million people live on the total land area of 2,200u, comprised
of 60 odd islands large and small. The main four islands, however, are
mainland Okinawa, where Naha Port is located, Miyako Island, Ishigaki Island,
and Iriomote Island. Yonaguni Island, famously known for its "mysterious
underwater ruins," is situated just by the border and is only 101km
away from Taiwan. One could see the island shadow of Taiwan in the western
horizon on a fine day.
@Average temperature is 22.4, and annual mean precipitation is 2,000mm.
It is the only prefecture in Japan that has a subtropical oceanic climate,
and because of the warm current (Kuroshio) on the equator, winters in Okinawa
are warm and the temperature rarely ever slips below 10. In the summer
Okinawa turns into a marine resort for mainly families and young adults
who come to enjoy diving and fun on the beach, and in the winter it welcomes
senior adults who fly in to escape the bitter weather in mainland Japan.
Professional baseball teams and other sports teams hold their spring training
in Okinawa also. All this makes Okinawa one of Japan's best resort destinations,
with more than five million visitors each year and events throughout the
@This is Okinawa - the island where time freezes.