Okinawa is one of the 47 prefectures of , an island chain to the southwest of the Home Islands. The name Okinawa means "rope in the open sea", a fairly apt description of this long stretch of islands between the main islands of Japan and Taiwan.

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is the largest of the of , .

is second-largest but most populated of the of , .

in the is the westernmost point of .


The Daitō Islands are a tiny archipelago 360 km east of , .

is in , . Throughout its history, the city has been an invaluable port city in Okinawa with a thriving fishing industry.

The are a small archipelago in , , to the west of the main .Historically, the Kerama Island group was a part of the Ryukyu Kingdom.

Kumejima-chou is a town in , . It is also the name of the island where it is located.

The are in prefecture, .

is the main and largest island of the in .

The are the westernmost part of , .


  • Location:  , ,
  • Population:  1,440,000
  • Latitude of center:  26° 10' 52.8" (26.1813°) north
  • Longitude of center:  127° 43' 17.6" (127.7216°) east
  • Elevation:  83 meters (272 feet)
  • Neighbors: 
  • Wikidata:  Okinawa
  • Wikimedia Commons:  Okinawa prefecture

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Achinese:  Prefektur Okinawa Arabic:  أوكيناوا Armenian:  Օկինավա Azerbaijani:  Okinava Belarusian:  Прэфектура Акінава Bulgarian:  Окинава Catalan:  Prefectura dOkinawa Central Bikol:  Prepektura kan Okinawa Central Khmer:  ខេត្តអូគីណាវ៉ា Central Kurdish:  ئۆکیناوا Chinese:  沖繩縣 Czech:  Prefektura Okinawa Danish:  Okinawa-præfekturet English:  Okinawa Prefecture Esperanto:  Gubernio Okinavo Estonian:  Okinawa prefektuur Finnish:  Okinawan prefektuuri French:  Préfecture dOkinawa German:  Präfektur Okinawa Hakka Chinese:  Tshûng-shîn-yen Hebrew:  אוקינאווה Iloko:  Prepektura ti Okinawa Indonesian:  Prefektur Okinawa Irish:  Maoracht Okinawa Italian:  Prefettura di Okinawa Japanese:  おきなわ Japanese:  おきなわけん Japanese:  オキナワ Japanese:  オキナワケン Japanese:  沖縄 Japanese:  沖縄県 Javanese:  Préfèktur Okinawa Korean:  오키나와 현 Latvian:  Okinavas prefektūra Literary Chinese:  沖繩縣 Lithuanian:  Okinavos prefektūra Macedonian:  Окинава Malay:  Wilayah Okinawa Marathi:  ओकिनावा Mazanderani:  اکیناوا Min Dong Chinese:  Okinawa-gâing Min Nan Chinese:  Okinawa-koān Northern Sami:  Okinawa prefektuvra Persian:  استان اوکیناوا Polish:  Prefektura Okinawa Romanian:  Prefectura Okinawa Russian:  Окинава Scots:  Okinawa Prefectur Serbian:  Префектура Окинава Serbo-Croatian:  Prefektura Okinava Spanish:  Prefectura de Okinawa Sundanese:  Okinawa Prefecture Swahili:  Mkoa wa Okinawa Swedish:  Okinawa prefektur Tagalog:  Prepektura ng Okinawa Tajik:  Префектураи Окинава Tamil:  ஓக்கினாவா மாகாணம் Thai:  จังหวัดโอะกินะวะ Ukrainian:  Префектура Окінава Urdu:  اوکیناوا پریفیکچر Western Panjabi:  ضلع اوکیناوا Yue Chinese:  沖繩縣 Okinawa Ken Okinawa-ken

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