Okinawa (沖縄) is the southern-most prefecture of Japan, comprised of hundreds of islands stretching 620 miles (1000km). Historically, Okinawa was an independent kingdom called Ryuku, and was a prosperous trading nation.
Even today, Okinawan culture and language are still very distinct from Japan. The seas, beaches, and corals around Okinawa are considered the best in the world. Did you know that Okinawa is home to the best aquarium in the world, and is the birthplace of Karate?