Located on the island of Okinawa, Naha is Japan’s southernmost prefecture and it is a beautiful off-beat vacation destination for both Japanese people and even international tourists. The city combines the new and the old with medieval Japanese buildings, temples and castles with the modern high rise buildings, commercial streets and of course, sandy beaches.
Naha has been populated since the stone age where relics from generations are still being found. Things like Chinese coins and ancient pottery have been dug from archaeological sites making the region one of the most important trading points in East Asia. The Shuri castle was built as a result of the island’s prosperity and it still stands today. An open-air marketplace was also established near official government buildings where many temples were located. During WWII, much of the city was destroyed and practically the entire place had to be rebuilt, giving way to the Naha that many people know and love today.
Naha is a popular tourist destination with amazing weather all year round, so why not take your next vacation to somewhere tropical and exotic. There a ton of amazing hotels to stay in, so let us guide you through the 12 best hotels in the area.
With chains all over the world, Hyatt is a trusted name in luxury hotels spanning many countries so there’s no reason to believe that the Hyatt in Okinawa will be no different. The hotel is new having been built in July 2013 so most of, if not all the amenities here are still in pristine condition. The hotel is also a three-minute walk away from the international street with is the centre of Okinawa sightseeing.
The hotel features a rooftop pool that is not only great for cooling off in those hot Okinawa afternoons but also offers some amazing views of the city. The hotel also features a spa and sauna room as well as exercise and fitness room so can still get that work out in. At the top of the hotel is the amazing Milano Italian restaurant, which is a sort of club/lounge area with bar and live music and every night from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM is happy hour. Guests will also receive a breakfast in the mornings which are not only delicious but also feature ingredients from the island so everything is fresh and local.
The Naha Terrace is an interesting place that is not quite like your standard run-of-the-mill hotel experience. The Naha Terrace is a luxury hotel that’s located in a residential part of town so the surrounding area is quiet and calm and just a little off the beaten path. The elegant interiors use a lot of marble giving the atmosphere a very white and bright feeling throughout the hotel.
The interior lounge next to the lobby is a great place to relax while your room gets ready and it makes the hotel feel more like a resort rather than a hotel. Speaking of resort-like amenities, the outdoor terrace area is amazing and truly a great place to relax, swim and work on your tan. The pool is surrounded by greenery and lounge chairs and it is so quiet you’ll forget you’re in the city.
The restaurant also features five restaurants one of which is the western-style breakfast buffet. Reservations can be made for lunch and dinners and in-house Teppanyaki grill specializes in Wagyu beef, which we certainly recommend.
Located only seven minutes from the airport and facing the sea, the Loisir Spa Tower is exactly what it sounds like: an amazing spa experience. This hotel has the only natural spa resort in Naha that has beautiful rooms with open and spacious interiors. The spa rooms are free for guests and in addition, each room comes with a deep tub where you can wash all your stress away.
The Loisir Spa Tower also has a sister hotel next door, the Loisir Hotel with which both hotels share a pool and terrace space. Enjoy the large windowed rooms where you can look out onto the coastline at night and admire the sunrise in the morning.
Another hotel that faces the ocean is the Okinawa Kariyushi Avanzriette. Located right in the heart of Naha city and right by the water, the hotel is adjacent to the remote island of Tomari. The hotel is a great place for enjoying day trips to the famous Keio Rishi Islands which is known for its amazing waters that are so blue they are essentially transparent.
For people who want to get around town the hotel also has a car rental service available and shuttle bus service going to and from international street.
Located on Shuri Hill the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Naha Shuri Castle (formally Hotel Nikko Naha Grand Castle) is close to the Okinawan landmark of Shuri castle. The hotel is beautiful and if you’re lucky enough to get a room on one of the upper floors you’ll be greeted every morning by the sunrise and an amazing view of the East China Sea and Naha city.
The hotel also features a bar on the 20th floor named unsurprisingly enough: the “Sunset Bar”. Grab a drink in the evening and watch the sun go down with some friends or a loved one. Why not spend your time in Naha by the ancient city enjoying magnificent sunsets?
Get a taste of Okinawan culture at the Okinawa Miyako Hotel. Located just a short walk away from the illustrious Shuri Castle and located on Shuri Hill, the hotel offers some amazing views of Naha city and the sea, especially if you’re on the eighth floor or higher.
Okinawa Miyako Hotel is surrounded by greenery and since it’s opening in 1974 several celebrities have stayed here. The hotel is located near Shuri castle and is on Shuri hill where there is lots of nature and water spots called “power spots” but what sets Okinawa Miyako Hotel apart is there is one of these spots right on the premises. The spring sanctuary is not very known to tourists but the spot is wrapped with clean air and fresh spring water.
Check out the hotel’s morning market and soba buffet in the afternoons for some fresh Okinawan delicacies.
With 389 rooms the Pacific Hotel Okinawa is the largest hotel located in the city. The hotel is a great option for people coming into Naha and looking to spend lots of time in the city. You’ll be ten minutes away from the airport and only five minutes away from the international street.
The hotel is located in the bay area of Naha so it is about as convenient as location as you can get. International street is only a short distance away, shopping is close by and of course, the local beaches are about 10 minutes away. The rooms are spacious an bright and the hotel features a lobby, restaurant and lots of space to relax.
The Hotel Rocore Naha has a lot of things going for it. It’s near the airport, at the entrance international street and has been consistently voted the number one breakfast in Okinawa. If you’re the type of tourist who enjoys a breakfast buffet to start their day then the Hotel Roko Anaha is the place for you!
After a 12-minute monorail ride from the airport, you’ll be here at the bustling intersection of international street and government buildings. This place is for people who truly want to be in the heart of the city where they can do lots of shopping and exploring Naha. Travel agencies and convenience stores are located right within the hotel so getting some things while you’re here is simple. For those who want to head out and explore the sight s like Shuri Castle, there is a bus stop right in front of the hotel
The legendary breakfast here is created with ingredients made from local Okinawan grown food and the dinner and lunches served here are generally Italian.
Opening along the international street, the Hotel Gracery Naha was opened in 2016 so everything here is essentially brand new and as modern as you can get. The hotel is in a great convenient spot near all the amenities that international street has to offer. The lobby is located on the second floor where you can check-in to your room and even book tours for sightseeing and restaurants in the area.
Although the hotel is on and faces the busy international street, the rooms are structured so that rooms cut off as much sound as possible so you’ll have a convenient stay in the middle of the city while also having some peace and quiet.
If you can, definitely book the “Churaumi room”. It’s an elegant room with images of the Okinawan waters projected on the walls to make you feel like you’re sleeping somewhere submerged in the ocean. The same effect is also projected on the walls of the lobby so you can see it for yourself when you enter the hotel.
If you want luxury you got it. The Ryukyu Onsen Setagajima Hotel is one of the most luxurious places around. Technically this hotel is not actually located in Naha but on the remote island of Setagajima but it is only a 15-minute drive from the Naha airport, so we’re counting it our list.
The hotel opened in February 2013 so not only is it luxurious, it is pretty new as well. The hotel has its own natural hot spring that gets water from 1,000ft (304m) underground. Guests can enjoy the hot spring for free at any time of the day, whether that’s a sunset view or looking out at the calm waters of the morning sea. The on-site restaurant, “Feng Shui” offers views of the ocean while you dine or take your food outside and dine on the terrace. Many of the meals feature local ingredients so everything is fresh and delicious.
The Loisir Hotel Naha is located next to its sister hotel the Loisir Hotel Tower Spa. Featuring charming views of the oceanfront and the beautiful sunsets you can enjoy the scenery from the large windows in your hotel room. The coastal views at night at spectacular and the cityscape during the daytime is breathtaking, so make sure you bring a camera to capture these amazing moments. The hotel comes with a pool service where you can swim all year round.
Okinawa is a beautiful place and Naha and tons of things to do and see. There are two types of people here; those that like to relax by the pool and lounge in the sun and those that like to go out and explore and see the best hot spots of the city. Luckily Red Planet Naha Okinawa has you covered for both!
The Red Planet Naha Okinawa was actually under another name but in 2015 hotel rebranded and renovated and became what it is today. The stylish interior has a red motif going on and is tasteful for any traveller from the distinguished to the easy going. The hotel is great for people travelling solo, business or even families looking for a great time in Naha as the Red Planet Naha Okinawa is near lots of local attractions with international street being only a ten-minute walk away.
Okinawa and Naha itself are definitely two amazing places that can cater to tons of different types of travellers. Whether you’re the type of person who wants to relax by the pool and chill out in the sun, Naha has tons of hotel options that cater to just that very thing. But if you’re the type that wants to go out and explore the bustling city and head to Naha’s cultural hot spots then there’s room for you too, with hotels near the amazing Shuri castle or by the hot springs. With great warm weather all year round, consider your next trip to Naha.
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