Okinawa Prefecture 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 second-largest but most populated of the of , .

is the largest of the of , .

in the is the westernmost point of .

is the largest of the . Most of the 's 50,000 or so residents live in Hirara, the main business and entertainment district on the island.


is the main and largest island of the in .

The are in prefecture, .

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

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

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

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

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  • Location: , ,
  • Population: 1,450,000
  • 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: Okinawa, French: Préfecture dOkinawa, German: Okinawa, 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 (macrolanguage): 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, Portuguese: Okinawa, Romanian: Prefectura Okinawa, Russian: Окинава, Scots: Okinawa Prefectur, Serbian: Префектура Окинава, Serbo-Croatian: Prefektura Okinava, Spanish: Prefectura de Okinawa, Sundanese: Okinawa Prefecture, Swahili (macrolanguage): 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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