When I heard that Fusaki Beach Resort Hotel & Villas in Ishigaki, Okinawa was opening a new wing, I sprung at the chance to head down south. Located closer to Taiwan then…

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

Address: 40-1 Mihama, Chatan-cho, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa Website: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/japan/hilton-okinawa-chatan-resort-OKAOCHI/index.html Tel: +81-98-901-1111

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…