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The only prefecture in Japan that is truly subtropical, Okinawa is a southern paradise where colorful flowers bloom the year-round. The sea that surrounds these islands has an emerald-green sheen, and the resplendent coral reefs are among the world's finest. These natural attractions have given rise to world-class beach resorts that cater to sun-loving vacationers.

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Private Okinawa Highlights

Private Okinawa HighlightsIn 1945, as World War II ended, Okinawa was placed under American rule, an...

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Private Ryukyu Dynasty History

Private Ryukyu Dynasty HistorySmall, scattered domains in the Ryukyu archipelago were unified during...

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by whidbeyben

Be aware that if your ship is arriving in Naha (Okinawa) from Taiwan, or anywhere else outside territorial Japanese Islands, the ship will have to clear Japanese customs. On our itinerary, we arrived from Taiwan, and even though the ship arrived before 8am, only those with excursions booked through the ship (which were extremely limited and sold out weeks before the departure date) got off the ship before noon. We didn’t get through Japanese customs until 3:30pm. We had to spend hours just sitting in the ship’s lounges and theatre areas waiting for our group numbers to be called. Our 1:15 “Appointment” group didn’t get called until 3pm. We just barely had time to walk down the main shopping street and see the fish market as the stalls were all closing up. If you can, pick an itinerary that arrives at Okinawa from a Japanese Port. Otherwise you may end up spending nearly the entire port of call waiting to clear Japanese customs.

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