Translated by Lester Somera
How To Travel To Okinawa From Japan’s Major Cities
Written by OsawaKimie
With beautiful natural scenery, Okinawa is a popular resort destination that can be easily accessed not only from within Japan but also from the neighboring countries.
Where Nature and Culture Coexist: the Beautiful Resort Area of Okinawa
The gorgeous resort destination of Okinawa is located at the southernmost tip of Japan. With its charming, deeply-rooted cultural traditions, Okinawa is a very popular haunt for tourists from all over the world. This article will explain how to travel to Okinawa from Japan’s major cities and surrounding Asian countries.
Table of Contents:
1. From Tokyo To Okinawa
2. From Osaka to Okinawa
3. From Kyoto to Okinawa
4. From Nagoya to Okinawa
5. From Fukuoka to Okinawa
6. From Kagoshima to Okinawa
7. How To Travel To Okinawa From Taiwan
8. How To Travel To Okinawa From South Korea
9. How To Travel To Okinawa From China
Getting To Okinawa’s Main Island
How to Travel to Okinawa from Tokyo
From Narita Airport to Okinawa (Naha Airport)
There are six direct flights a day in total, via ANA or through one of the low-cost carriers (LCCs): Vanilla Air, Jet Coaster and Peach Aviation.
Flight times are about three and a half hours, and prices can range from 5000 yen to 50,000 yen, depending on the carrier and season. The absolute cheapest flight on an LCC is about 4000 yen.
For more information, check out our Narita Airport article.
From Haneda Airport to Okinawa (Naha Airport)
JAL, ANA and Skymark each have six flights to Okinawa per day, for a total of 18 flights.
Flight times are about three hours, and prices can range from 10,000 yen to 50,000 yen, depending on the carrier and the season. Skymark fares are set to be somewhat less expensive than those of the other carriers.
For more information, check out our Haneda Airport article.
Heading from Osaka to Okinawa
From Kansai International Airport (KIX) to Okinawa (Naha Airport)
There are a total of ten Okinawa-bound flights per day from Kansai International Airport: JAL Transocean Air, ANA and the LCC Peach each operate three flights, and Jetstar operates one.
Flight times are about two hours and 20 minutes, and prices can range from 5000 yen to 40,000 yen.
From Itami Airport (Osaka International Airport) to Okinawa (Naha Airport)
There are four flights to Okinawa from Itami Airport; JAL and ANA operate two apiece. There are no LCC flights from Itami Airport.
Flight times are about two hours and 20 minutes, and prices can range from 20,000 yen to 40,000 yen.
For more information, check out our article on Kobe International Airport (KIX).
From Kyoto to Okinawa
[Kyoto Station](JR Kansai Limited Express Haruka)→[Kansai International Airport] (by plane)→[Naha Airport]
You’ll need to go by train and plane to get to Okinawa from Kyoto.
From JR Kyoto Station, take the Kanku Limited Express Haruka train to KIX. The trip takes an hour and 20 minutes, and the fare for a ticket in unreserved seating is 2,850 yen.
If you’re going via Itami Airport, we recommend taking the Itami Airport Line Limousine Bus, which leaves from the Hachijo exit of Kyoto Station. Travel time is about an hour and costs 1310 yen one-way. To get to Naha Airport from KIX or Itami, use the directions mentioned above.
From Kobe To Okinawa
To get from Kyoto Station to Okinawa via Kobe Airport, you’ll need to take two trains. First, from Kyoto Station, take a JR rapid train bound for Aboshi and get off at Sannomiya Station. From Sannomiya, get on the Port Liner and take a Port Island Line train bound for Kobe Airport. Travel time is about an hour and 40 minutes and costs 1410 yen.
From Kobe Airport, Skymark, Solaseed Air and ANA all operate direct flights to Naha Airport.
The flight time is about two hours and ten minutes. Skymark one-way fares range from 5000 yen to 30,000 yen; Solaseed Air one-way fares range from 9000 yen to 30,000 yen; regular ANA one-way fares are about 38,000 yen.
Going from Nagoya to Okinawa
To get from Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya to Naha Airport, you should take one of the direct flights operated by Jetstar, Skymark, Solaseed Air, JAL Transocean and ANA. Flight time is about two and a half hours, and there are 10 flights a day from 7 AM to 7 PM. Via Jetstar or Skymark, you can find a one-way flight for around 5000 yen, or for around 9000 yen via Solaseed Air. Going via JAL Transocean or ANA will costs you around 40,000 yen.
For more information, check out our Centrair Airport article.
From Fukuoka to Okinawa
From Fukuoka Airport, there are a total of 13 flights a day to Okinawa. ANA operates six direct flights, JAL Transocean operates three, and Skymark and Peach operate two apiece.
The travel time is an hour and 50 minutes, and a ticket typically costs anywhere from 5000 to 40,000 yen. The absolute cheapest option, Peach, has fares for as little as 4000 yen.
For more information, check out our Fukuoka Airport article.
From Kagoshima to Okinawa
Solaseed Air and ANA are the two companies that operate routes from Kagoshima Airport to Naha Airport. Travel time is about an hour and a half, and there are 15 flights per day. Solaseed Air fares are usually around 26,000 yen, but book early and you can find fares for around 10,000 yen one way. ANA flights cost around 30,000 normally, but you can use early-booking discounts and tourist discounts to get cheaper prices.
A-Line Ferry and Merix Ferry both operate ferry services from Kagoshima to Nara. The one-way journey takes about 25 hours, and costs from 7000 to 30,000 yen.
For more information, check out our Kagoshima travel article.
How To Travel To Okinawa From Neighboring Countries
Traveling from Taiwan to Okinawa
Traveling From Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport To Okinawa
Vanilla Air, Tiger Air, Peach Aviation, China Airlines, ANA and several other companies operate direct flights to Naha Airport. There are around seven flights a day. Travel time is an hour to an hour and a half, and tickets cost from 8000 yen to 40,000 yen.
Kaohsiung International Airport To Okinawa
China Airlines operates only two direct flights a week from Kaohsiung to Naha Airport. Flight time is an hour to an hour and a half, and tickets cost from 20,000 to 40,000 yen.
How to Reach Okinawa from South Korea
There are a total of eight flights per day from Incheon Airport in Seoul to Naha Airport, offered by Korean Airways, Asiana Airlines, Jin Air, Jeju Air, Tway Airlines, Easter Airlines and Peach Aviation. Flight time is two hours and 15 minutes, and fares range from around 8000 yen to 30,000 yen.
Traveling from China to Okinawa
Beijing Capital International Airport to Okinawa
There are four flights a week to Naha Airport from Beijing Capital International Airport, operated by Air China. Flight time is around three hours and ten minutes, and a one-way fare will cost anywhere from 30,000 yen to 50,000 yen.
Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Okinawa
There are three flights a day from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Naha Airport, operated by China Air and June Yao Air. Flight time is around two hours and ten minutes, and a one-way fare ranges from 20,000 yen to 40,000 yen.
As you can see, Okinawa is accessible not just from within Japan but also from the rest of Asia. If you’re planning on a long trip to other regions of Japan or to neighboring Asian countries, how about going a bit further out and visiting Okinawa as well?