Okinawa Prefecture forms the southwestern tip of Japan. It is comprised of 160 islands and has a population of approximately 1.4 million. Okinawa is located along the similar latitude as Hawaii, Miami, Cancun and other popular world resort areas. Due to the subtropical oceanic climate, it is warm even in winter, with an annual average temperature of approximately 23°C and water temperature of around 25°C.
On par with the world's top-tier beach island resorts, Okinawa offers a large panel of marine activities, from diving to sailing, from paddling to paragliding.
Aside from sports, flower lovers will be interested in the Yohena Hydrangea garden or the sunflower fields in Minamihabara.
Summertime is also the season of fireworks, Bon-odori dance festivals and the famed Eisa festival where the Okinawan diaspora from around the world gathers.
For scuba divers, summer will bring opportunities to encounter sea turtles and manta rays.
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