Okinawa is one of the most popular beach areas in all of Japan. On Okinawa, you'll find a completely different history and culture from the rest of Japan. Find a cheap rental car on Skyscanner and explore the island with ease.
Renting a Car in Okinawa
In order to rent a car in Okinawa, drivers need a valid license and proof that they have been driving for at least two years. Most rental companies will also require renters to present a credit card for a deposit.
Most of the rental car companies in Okinawa are centered around the Okinawa Naha International Airport and nearby port. The airport has international as well as regional rental companies such as Nissan Rental, Hertz, Budget, Southern Cross, Toyota Rent a Car, and Nippon Rent-a-Car. Rentals start at CA$35 per day for an economy-sized car.
Driving in Okinawa
One of the most important things to remember when driving in Okinawa, or anywhere else in Japan, is that cars are driven on the left side of the road and drivers sit on the right side of the car. This means that the slow lane is on the left and passing is done on the right.
Speed limits are posted in kilometers per hour, and learning a little bit about the international road signs is important before driving in Okinawa. Stop signs are upside down red triangles. A red and blue circle with a red cross through it means no parking.
The island is very well connected, all roads and highways are paved, and signposts noting locations are in both Japanese and Roman lettering.
Expect traffic throughout the day on highways and in major tourist towns such as Naha and Chatan. Traffic is especially bad on the weekends. It's also good to be aware that roads along the west coast are often covered in coral dust that becomes very slippery when it rain.
What to Do in Okinawa
Okinawa is a prefecture of Japan that actually consists of 150 small islands. The main island of Okinawa is a great place to explore and has plenty to see and do, especially with a car at one's disposal.
To get a better understanding of the Ryukyu Kingdom that once reigned on this island, head to Shurijo Castle Park. The park is one of the best places on the entire island to learn about the history and culture that makes Okinawa unique compared to the rest of Japan.
For those looking to indulge in the local seafood, there's nowhere Okinawans love more than Toya fishing port in Yomitan. Here visitors can sample piping hot Okinawa-style tempura and fresh sashimi sliced to order.
Island hopping is a must when visiting Okinawa and one of the best places to head is Iriomote. This island is covered almost entirely in a sub-tropical jungle and is great for those that are looking to truly experience the outdoors. Options include kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling.
Okinawa is a truly wonderful place to experience a different side of Japan. To find cheap hotels, flights, and rental cars for your trip to Okinawa, check out the Skyscanner app.