The Ryukyu Islands is a chain of islands in the western Pacific, on the eastern limit of the East China Sea and to the southwest of the island of Kyushu in Japan. They stretch southwest from the Japanese island of Kyushu to within 120 kilometres (75 mi) of the island of Taiwan. The largest of the islands is Okinawa Island.
Things to See & Do
* Marine life
* Ocean Expo Park at Okinawa Island
* Snorkeling & Diving
* Beaches - Zanba, Renaissance, Manzamo and Ikei
* Castle Ruins on Okinawa
Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - Yen (JPY)
Language - Ryukyuan languages
Population - 1,400,000 approx (Okinawa island)
Land Area - 1,201.03 km2 (Okinawa island)
Electricity - 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT plus nine hours
International Country Telephone Code - +81
Port Location - There are ports located at Chatan, Kadena and Naha and Okinawa City on Okinawa Island.
Travel Links - Naha International Airport is the primary way to get into Okinawa Island, and is only 2 km from downtown Naha. The easiest way to Okinawa is from elsewhere in Japan: Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways fly every hour from Tokyo Haneda and other major domestic airports. There is only one daily flight from Narita, the main international airport in Tokyo, operated by ANA. Direct international service to Okinawa is currently limited to flights from Seoul, Taipei, Shanghai and Hong Kong.