Okinawa Prefecture

Prefectural capital:Naha City
In Okinawa Prefecture travel industry flourishes. There ara many resort hotels and beaches. Among them, Miyakojima and Ishigaki islands are very famous as the diving spot in the coral reef.

From the 15th century, the Ryūkyū Kingdom had ruled this region. It had maintained close cultural exchange and overseas trade with China, Korea and Southeast Asian countries. Shuri Castle, the palace of the Ryūkyū Kingdom was strongly influenced by the Chinese architectural style. In 2000, along with other gusuku and related sites, it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Okinawa’s food culture is also unique. There are Sōki soba, a pork belly dish called Rafute, Goya chanpuru, awamori and brown sugar confectionery.

See also
*Prefectures of Japan

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