Okinawa Japan was recently named one of the Top 10 places to visit in 2013 by Coastal Living Magazine. Claiming that Okinawa “Has what it takes to be the next big thing!” I think they are right, and I think the people and government of Okinawa are doing everything they can to make that happen. The extremely generalized article mentions the beaches, jungles and shrines. But they don’t go into much detail, which is a little frustrating considering they choose this location over thousands of other coastal locations around the world.
Another frustrating thing about Coastal Living is that their online article is actually a smaller version than the already mini print write-up. Which at least mentions the two new resorts; The 97-room Ritz-Carlton Okinawa, and the 46-villa Hoshinoya Resort on the island of Taketomi.
I have recently come back from my first trip to Hawaii and was a little disappointed. It has tropical beauty, unique locations, and fun things to do. but it is also still part of America, and with it comes their piss-poor service and constant attempts to rip you off. I will give more details about that in a more extensive post. These are things that Okinawa does not need to worry about as they become more talked about as an tropical island destination.
Photo credits: Japan National Tourist Organization
You can read the coastal living mini article here.