Transportation in Okinawa

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Transportation in Okinawa

Getting Around

In Okinawa where there are many sightseeing spots, transportation is important. Okinawa doesn’t have any trains, and apart from public transportation such as monorail, bus, and taxi, they also have rental vehicles: cars, motorcycles, and bicycles. Make sure to check which places you want to visit ahead of time, so you can enjoy your Okinawa tour using different modes of transportation.

Monorail

  • Recommended for couples
  • Recommended for a single traveler

monorail

The monorail (YuiRail) that travels through Naha city, starts at Naha Airport Station, also known as the entrance to Okinawa, and goes all the way to Shuri Station, the last stop, which is 13km in length and has a total of 15 stations; it travels to many sightseeing spots such as the international street (Kokusai Dori), city center and Shuri Castle. The convenient 1-day and 2-day tickets are available, so why not ride the YuiRail and sightsee in the city.

Bus

  • Recommended for group trips
  • Recommended for a single traveler

 Bus

Many types of buses run in the mainland of Okinawa. There are express buses connecting the airport and main hotels, bus tours with guides that run consistently, and buses that you use to go to work or school.
For bus information within the main island of Okinawa, please check here.

For “Naha Bus”, you can use the “One-Day Ticket” to ride unlimited times within Naha city, so if you’re able to use this to your advantage, you can enjoy an Okinawa tour without a drivers’ license and only with buses.

Taxi

  • Recommended for group trips
  • Recommended for family trips

Taxi

Taxis that will take you to your destination smoothly. Okinawa taxis are cheaper compared to ones in mainland Japan and you can ride in groups to make it even cheaper, which is one of the mostly used way of transportation in Okinawa. If you reserve a shuttle taxi, you can travel from the airport to your hotel smoothly without having to wait. Also, there are sightseeing taxis with guides. Please try it sometime.

Rent A Car

  • Recommended for couples
  • Recommended for a single traveler
  • Recommended for family trips
  • Recommended for group trips

Rent A Car

It’s a general form of transportation, since many people drive in Okinawa. Since you won’t be bound by time to freely go to places you’d like, it is popular among those with children or those travelling in groups. Most plans have a shuttle service included, so once you reserve it in advance, you won’t get lost. It may be included in a tour so please check in advance.

Rental Motorcycle / Rental Bicycle

  • Recommended for couples
  • Recommended for a single traveler

Rental Motorcycle,Rental Bicycle

“Pottering”, which is taking a casual stroll with a bicycle or motorcycle, is also recently popular. There are many ways to enjoy such as looking at the beautiful sea, stopping by a store that looks interesting, or just looking for a place spontaneously, that you’re curious about.