Naha

Naha is the capital city of Okinawa and is located on the Southwest coast of the subtropical island.The port, located just outside the city, has long been an point of international trade which has resulted in Naha having a true international flavour.

Naha Map

“With its unique Ryukyu culture, Naha offers a very different view of Japan as well as great nightlife. Great for day trips and also as a place to stop off for a couple of nights on the way to the beach”

Alastair Donnelly, Director

The city revolves around Kokusai Dori (International Street) which is lined with department stores, souvenir shops, movie theatres, restaurants and cafes. Just off this street is Makishi Market where fresh fish, meat and produce is sold.

Whilst there are foreign influences, Naha still manages to maintain the unique aspects of Okinawan culture. There are many shops selling traditional Okinawan textiles and the Tsuboya pottery district has some fine examples of Okinawan ceramics including the famous Shisa figures, mythical creatures which are used to guard dwellings on the island.

The city was extensively bombed during World War II but many of the temples and shrines have been rebuilt back to their former glory. Shuri castle, which overlooks the city, was chosen as the headquarters for Japanese troops during the 82 day battle of Okinawa and was completely destroyed. Much of the stonework has now been rebuilt.

Naha is a truly fascinating city with a mix of cultures and an interesting history and can keep you occupied for days. With an airport, port and other transport links it is also a great base to explore the rest of Okinawa and its surrounding islands.

Experiences in Naha

Naha offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of Japan's fascinating culture. See below for a few of our favourites

Weather in Naha

The Climate Guide for Naha, Japan is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 19 19 21 24 26 29 31 31 30 27 24 21
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 13 13 15 18 20 24 26 25 24 21 18 15
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 3 3 4 5 5 6 8 7 7 6 4 3
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 11 11 12 13 13 14 14 13 12 12 11 10
Heat and Humidity Discomfort None None None None Low High Very High Very High High Moderate None None
Days with some Rainfall 21 19 20 17 19 19 19 21 19 19 19 20
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 115 130 142 161 209 233 208 222 229 174 152 114
UV Index (Maximum) 6 8 10 11 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 10 8 6 5