Introduction

Okinawa Prefecture is Japan's southernmost prefecture, and consists of hundreds of islands known as The Ryukyu Islands or Ryukyu's, in an island chain over 1,000 km long. The Okinawa island chain extends southwest from Kyushu (the southwestern most of Japan's main four islands) to Taiwan.

Okinawa Prefecture is said to have the most beautiful beaches in all of Japan. Okinawa normally enjoys above 20 degree Celsius weather for most of the year. Many coral reefs are found throughout the prefecture and wildlife is abundant. Sea turtles return yearly to the southern islands of Okinawa to lay their eggs.

The capital of Okinawa Prefecture is Naha, which is in the southern part of the largest and most populous island, Okinawa Honto, commonly referred to as Okinawa.

Okinawa is famous for its history with its distinctly different culture from the rest of Japan. Indeed Okinawa, or more correctly the Ryukyu's, did not become part of Japan until late in the 19th century.

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