With its many attractive features,Okinawa is agreeable
as a place to live and to do business
Okinawa Prefecture comprises 160 islands of various sizes spread out across a region measuring 1,000 kilometers from east to west and 400 from north to south, with 49 of those islands being actually inhabited. Each area within the chain has features that make it unique: the north with its abundant natural surroundings, the south with Naha City as the prefecture's political and economic center, and the Kerama Islands that are so popular as a place to go diving.
The Gateway to Okinawa,
Home to the Political Center of Naha City
An international area
where the foreign and the local meet
The subtropical forests with trees of all sorts are a treasury of rare wildlife
Twelve populated islands,
abundant in nature and culture
Featuring some of the world's clearest waters and Japan's longestbridge
A resort island close enough
for a day trip from Naha
Okinawa is a place where ancient traditions still make their presence strongly felt on day-to-day life. The fascinations of this land are many and varied, including luxuriant subtropical surroundings, craftwork imbued with wisdom and ingenuity, rituals rooted in daily life, and a richly varied cuisine.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Pro-Baseball Spring Training
Beach Going Season
All Japan Triathlon
Ocean Expo Park Summer Festival
Summer All-Island Bull Fights
(aka Bull Sumo) on
Tourism Day during Tourism Month
Zento Eisa Matsuri
Local Products Festival
The Great Okinawa
TOUR DE OKINAWA
Targeting Further Development as an Air and Maritime Hub Connecting Japan with Asia
Thanks to an increase in the number of tourists and an expansion in personal spending, Okinawa's economy is continuing to grow. In addition to its expectations that the already excellent performance of the tourism industry will improve further and that its information technology industry will continue to grow, Okinawa is also working on infrastructure improvements aimed to turn it into a distribution hub as it seeks to leap ever farther ahead.
Bringing Security to Life with Advanced Medical Facilities
The prefecture operates five hospitals covering the northern, central, and southern (including Naha) parts of the main island as well as the Miyako and Yaeyama islands, respectively, as well as another 16 clinics associated with those hospitals.
There are emergency hospitals in every part of the prefecture with staff who can handle foreign languages as well, so the non-Japanese speaker need not be concerned if worst comes to worst.
Source: Japan Tourism Agency, "Guide to Medical Institutions"
Should it become necessary to get medical treatment in Japan, this website should be useful. It provides easy-to-understand information in English, Chinese, and Korean about where you should go if you have various symptoms.
Providing Information About Education that Takes the Needs of Non-Japanese in Mind
Okinawa Prefecture provides an educational system and guidance on how to enroll in it in multiple languages with the goal of becoming a place where foreign residents can also feel easy when it comes to living here. The local government conducts information sessions about student life and holds orientation sessions on its systems for helping students to enroll. Thanks to its efforts to promote supplying information about the educational system with non-Japanese in mind, anyone relocating here with school-age children should have no concerns on this front.
Expectations for Growth and Increased Convenience with Infrastructure Development Underway;
Easy to Get Here and Around for Locals and Non-Locals Alike
Okinawa is crisscrossed by bus routes. The Busnavi-Okinawa website provides all the information necessary for riding buses in Okinawa. With information available in English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean, visitors can easily find what they need to get around. Furthermore, the main traffic arteries in Okinawa have bus-only lanes, meaning riders can get to where they are going without having to worry too much about the effects of traffic jams. Travelers can also use the "Okica" IC smart card to board regular-route buses and the Yui Rail with just a swipe of the fare box.
Making All-Out Efforts to Prepare for Disasters and Create a Safe and Secure Community
Japan is known as a country that is peaceful and orderly. According to the 2015 Global Peace Index (produced by the Economist magazine from the U.K.), Japan is the 8th most peaceful country in the world and also the only Asian entry in the top 10.
Most local governments in Okinawa have prepared local community disaster prevention guide maps and evacuation center maps in multiple languages for foreign residents in the event that a typhoon, earthquake, or some other disaster occurs. The Okinawa Disaster Prevention Information Portal also provides information about typhoons, earthquakes, tsunami, advisories, and warnings in English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), and Korean. http://www.bousai.okinawa.jp/eng/index.html http://www.bousai.okinawa.jp/eng/index.html http://www.bousai.okinawa.jp/eng/index.html http://www.bousai.okinawa.jp/eng/index.html
Dial 119 direct to call for a fire truck or ambulance.
Dial 110 direct to call the police.
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