Naha Airport is the biggest airport in Okinawa in Japan. Also known as Okinawa Airport, it is the main gateway to other islands in Okinawa. Besides restaurants and duty-free outlets, the airport has facilities like a nursery, resting room, postal service, banks and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) home delivery service, lockers and baggage storage services. There is even a dry cleaning service and multi-purpose conference rooms for the business traveller.
Taking a stroll within the airport is a refreshing experience. This is because the layout and design of the interior features the flora, fauna and even certain underwater creatures of the region. Make sure you explore the areas around the boarding gates and departure lobbies for a wide selection of Okinawan specialties, including health food and supplements, alcohol, limited edition character merchandise and famous cosmetic and perfume brands.
There are two terminals at the airport. A main terminal serves domestic flights, while an international terminal caters to international flights. Both terminals are located within 100m of each other.
Commute to and from the airport by the Okinawa Urban Monorail. Also known as the Yui Rail, one can access the airport at Naha Airport Station. Do note that the operating hours are from 6am until 11.30pm. You can also take a bus from the bus stops outside the domestic flights terminal building (1F). There is also a wide and extensive network of Airport Limousine Buses that provide transport to most of the resort hotels around the area at low prices. Seats for such buses, however, cannot be reserved or pre-booked, so make sure you snap up your spot fast. Alternatively, choose from a variety of taxis such as short distance taxis and jumbo taxis to suit your travelling needs. A taxi journey to the Naha bus terminal takes about 15 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.
In the city area itself, travellers can make use of the monorail system to travel around Naha City. It takes only approximately 27 minutes to get from the airport to the last of the 15 stations, Shuri. Beyond the city, it is recommended that you rent a car to visit the attractions. Car rental companies are common and can be accessed easily at Naha Airport. International licences or Japanese licences are necessary to drive around. Should renting a car not be a viable option, simply flag a taxi to get to your desired destination.
Naha is the capital of Okinawa. Given its strategic location, it is a major regional transportation hub. Naha is home to endless shopping, eating, entertainment and leisure activities, which will make your trip to this southern part of Okinawa an enjoyable and fun one. Since the airport, city area and Shuri Castle are linked to each other closely via the monorail, do make a trip to the castle. The Shuri Castle was destroyed during the Second World War and reconstructed in the later 1990s. Visit Itoman town, found at the southeast of Naha, for multiple peace parks, museums and memorial areas. These places serve to commemorate and remember the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, and feature beautiful views and exhibits. Okinawa World will awe visitors with its magnificent cave structures and stalagmite and stalactite formations. Other entertaining tourist activities and shows can be found there as well.