This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Naha.
As the capital of Okinawa, Naha has a population of about 700,000 people. It was founded in 1921 and is situated in the Ryukyu Islands—more accurately Okinawa Island which is the largest one in the archipelago. Naha has it's own airport, and is a very busy travel destination for the Japanese people during holidays. One of the best (and cheapest) options for a backpacker to get into the islands is one of the passes many airline alliances offer, which allow you to choose Naha as one of the stops (see the individual airlines' websites for details).
Naha hostel prices are pleasantly low compared to almost any other place in Japan. Be prepared, however, that in most Naha hostels the staff and most of the people cannot speak any English, or maybe just a word here and there.
The monorail which serves as the city's main form of public transport is also the best value choice. Naha is also a very good place to go biking (like most parts of Japan), because the roads are very well suited and organized for bicyclists. Many Naha hostels have bike rental options.
Things to see in Naha include the Shuri-Jo Castle, which was the home of the former Ryukyu kings. It was completely destroyed during the second World War, but has been very well rebuilt and is maybe the biggest tourist destination of the city. Another place to see is the Okinawa Peace Park. Naha also has a vibrant nightlife, and Okinawan hiphop is a very well known local style of music to keep you busy at night if you aren't yet ready to return to your hostel.
Written by local enthusiast for Naha hostelsMiika