TW recently enjoyed a short stay in the sub-tropical climate of Okinawa for the prefecture’s 11th annual International Movie Festival. The three-day celebration always attracts large crowds, particularly for the red-carpet event…

Kyushu’s southernmost prefecture of Kagoshima is an enchanting region whose numerous attractions include warm tropical weather, all manner of onsen (fancy a bath of hot sand or mud?), and even a majestic…

Just a short 10-minute boat ride from Ishigaki Island lies the beautiful and extraordinarily well-preserved island of Taketomi. With an area of only 5.42 kilometers squared and hosting only three small villages,…

Taketomi Island, one of the southernmost Okinawan islands in Japan, is a rare untouched paradise with only three villages. There, Hoshinoya Taketomi Island offers a tropical getaway like no other. Stay in a traditional Okinawan bungalow, surrounded by vast greenery and white coral sand roads with sweeping views of the ocean. The resort boasts a 46-meter long pool, that is open day and night — perfect for stargazing and sunbathing alike.  Address: Taketomi, Taketomicho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa Website: hoshinoya.com/taketomijima/en/ Tel: 050-3786-1144

Address: 3-2-1 Nishi, Naha-shi, Okinawa Website: www.solarehotels.com  Tel: 098-868-2222

The tropical paradise of Okinawa is well known for its snorkeling and diving spots surrounding its southern isles, but the prefecture has plenty more to offer both on land and in the sea for adventurous outdoorsy…

Address: 559 Aza-Okawa, Ishigaki-shi, Okinawa Prefecture Website: https://www.art-ishigakijima.com/ Tel: 980-83-3311

Located in the port area of Naha in Okinawa Prefecture, Loisir Spa Tower Naha features a natural hot spring and spa facilities. All rooms come furnished with balconies – and some with in-room onsen – to make for the utmost luxury during your stay. If you’re feeling peckish, you can drop in at the all-day dining restaurant Fontaine, or try Okinawan cuisine at Ryukyu Dining HANAFU. There’s also Planet, a bar with a spectacular oceanside view, and the sunset terrace, Papillon. Address: 3-2-1 Nishi , Naha Website: www.loisir-spatower.com   Tel: 098-868-2222

Now in its ninth-year Okinawa International Movie Festival has become much more than a movie event. Sponsored by Yoshimoto Kogyo Co, Ltd. – the country’s largest and most well-known agency for comedians –…

Planning a visit to Okinawa? Here are a handful of reasons to choose Loisir Hotel & Spa Tower Naha as your luxurious base for rest and relaxation. Whether you’re heading to the…

Words by John Amari. Photographs by Richard Lee The islands of Okinawa are having a moment: tourist numbers are climbing as the world catches on to the prefecture’s unspoilt beauty. But aside…

Weekender joined ANTOR-Japan’s glittering end-of-2016 party to learn more about the country’s future tourism goals, and how Okinawa, specifically, aims to transform itself into the next best international resort. Even if you…