About Okinawa

Capital Naha City
Land Area Area Total: 2,272.13 sq. km
Main Island: 1,205.34 sq. km
Municipalities: 11 cities, 17 towns, and 24 villages
Population Total: 1.34 million (481,000 households)
Languages Japanese Ryukyuan - Uchinaguchi (literally “Okinawa mouth/language”) is commonly spoken and understood by older Okinawans, while certain words and phrases are used in everyday life by almost everyone. There are many dialects of Uchinaguchi, varying among the different island groups and even in different parts of Okinawa Island itself.

Monetary Unit and Exchange Rate
Japanese Yen
* More on exchange rates

Paper Money
1,000 yen, 2,000 yen, 5,000 yen, 10,000 yen denominations

1 yen, 5 yen, 10 yen, 50 yen, 100 yen, 500 yen denominations

Time Difference Okinawa is located in the Japan Standard Time Zone (GMT + 9 hours)
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Average Temperatures:
January – March: 16°-18°C (60°-64°F)
April – June: 21°-26°C (69°-78°F)
July – September: 28°C (82°F)
October – December: 18°C (64°F)
Prefectural Flag
Prefectural Tree Ryukyu Matsu (Ryukyu Pine)
Prefectural Flower Deigo (Indian coral bean)
Prefectural Fish Takasago (Banana Fish, locally known as Gurukun)
Prefectural Bird Noguchi gera (Okinawan woodpecker or Pryers' woodpecker)
*More information on Okinawan symbols

Country Code 81

Area Code
098, 0980 (northern main island, Miyako, Yaeyama), 09892 (Minami Daito and Kita Daito islands) From overseas, dial +81-98-XXX-XXXX

Important Numbers
Police 110
Emergency and Fire 119


100 volts/60 Hz
(110 volts on American military facilities)


More touristic information at the OCVB website.