The Okinawa islands are located about two and a half hours from Tokyo by plane. While technically part of Japan, the isles may as well be another country! Historically, Okinawa was actually its own entity known as the Ryukyu kingdom. Because of this legacy, Okinawa has a very different history to the rest of Japan which is immediately apparent in the local cultural motifs.
Today Okinawa is best known as a tropical retreat by many Japanese. In addition to lazily relaxing by the beach, there are a lot of other fun things to do. Costa-del-Okinawa!