Things to Do in Okinawa with Kids: Family-Friendly Activities and Tours

Our children are the most important people in our lives, and their happiness is our number one priority all the time. You wouldn’t want them to miss out on the fun when on holiday, and we’ve put together the best things to do in Okinawa with kids to provide excitement for the whole family. Put a smile on your children’s faces, and the entire family at large, with the many fun things to do in Okinawa with kids. These include watching huge whale sharks, grown to extraordinary lengths of up to 8.8 m, and manta rays from the Kuroshio sea from behind a 22.5 m wide by 8.2 m high acrylic screen!

Watersports like sunset SUPs and snorkeling are also among the best things to do in Okinawa with kids, with the prefecture also home to the Chatan sea park that the family is sure to love as well. Spend time in strange blue caves, riding ATVs in pineapple parks, and exploring jungles under the cover of breathtaking constellations at night. There are also cultural handicrafts and experiences for the kids to try out, including Shisa lion making, watching folk performances and poetry, glass making, and so much more!

Bring the family along for the best time ever, exploring the many awesome things to do in Okinawa with kids!

1. Bus tours of giant whale sharks and a pineapple park

Natural light piercing through 10 million liters of blue water to illuminate mammoth whale sharks, Okinawa Churaumi aquarium is perfect for bus tours! Consider Nago Pineapple park as well!

株式会社ジャンボツアーズ
Bus Tour from Naha to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Kouri Island, Cape Manzamo, and Nago Pineapple Park
Naha, Okinawa
株式会社ジャンボツアーズ
Bus Tour from Naha to Churaumi Aquarium, Manza Underwater Observatory Boat, Kouri Island, and American Village
Naha, Okinawa
三重交通株式会社(観光販売システムズ)
Bus Tour from Naha to the Valley of Gangala
Naha, Okinawa

2. Explore glowing blue caves and a glorious cape

A magnificent coastline at Cape Maeda with grand views of the ocean and sparkling blue caves in Onna village ensure world-class snorkeling in Okinawa. Swim with green turtles and manta rays!

モルダイブ(MalDive)
Family-Friendly Snorkeling Tour: Experience Swimming and Feeding Fish at the Blue Cave of Okinawa
Onna, Okinawa
Divingshop Ryo
Enjoy the Clear Waters of Okinawa in Swimming and Snorkeling Experiences with Your Family (Children from 2 Years Old Can Participate)
Onna, Okinawa
サマーリゾート沖縄/Summer Resort Okinawa
Explore the Various Tropical Fish at a Kids-Friendly Snorkeling Experience (Small Children Can Peek at the Water from the Float Through the Glass Boxes)
Onna, Okinawa
マリンクラブジジ
Family-Friendly Snorkeling Experience and a Boat Tour to the Blue Cave of Okinawa!
Onna, Okinawa

3. Sea fishing gateways with enormous mackerels

Show the kids where our food comes from and create lifelong memories fishing for amberjacks in Chatan, Onna, and Iriomote. Reel in tuna and giant mackerels for your social media selfies!

沖縄海あしび
Beginner and Children-Friendly Boat Fishing Tour in Okinawa
Kadena, Okinawa
沖縄マリンスポーツ【北谷町漁業協同組合 総合案内所】シーパーク北谷
Charter Boat Fishing Tour in Chatan (Recommended for Beginners and Children)
Chatan, Okinawa
観光遊漁ブルーバネッサ
Fishing Tour in the Beautiful Sea of Okinawa! Cook the Fish You Catch and Enjoy a Delicious Meal with Your Friends and Family!
Motobu, Okinawa
石垣島マリンタイム
Half-Day Fishing Experience That Children and Beginners Can Easily Enjoy in Okinawa!
Taketomi, Okinawa

4. Ride into the sunset at Ishigaki island

Storybook endings become a reality in Ishigaki and Iriomote islands, where you can enjoy twilight canoeing into a seascape light by the fading yellow of a disappearing sun. Transparent kayaking is just as magical!

沖縄海あしび
Explore the Subtropical Plans and the Unique Nature Scenery in a Mangrove Kayaking Adventure!
Kadena, Okinawa
冒険島
Embark on a Mangrove Kayaking Adventure with Your Family!
Kin, Okinawa
サマーリゾート宮古島
Ride a Transparent Clear Kayak and Watch the Fish Swim Underneath You! (Beginner and Family-Friendly Experience)
Miyakojima, Okinawa

5. Cuddle up with family in an Okinawa banana boat

What goes well with a beautiful blue ocean and fairytale scenery? Why, of course, a banana boat ride for the whole family! The turquoise waves licking at your feet, you’ll have a ton of fun!

沖縄ダイビングショップ シーフリー(Sea Free)
Enjoy 3 Marine Sports Activities Including an Exciting Banana Boat Ride with Your Friends and Family!
Ginoza, Okinawa
COCONUTS CLUB
Ride a Banana Boat and Enjoy the Lovely Scenery from the Water of Kouri Island with Your Friends and Family!
Nakijin, Okinawa
サマーリゾート沖縄/Summer Resort Okinawa
Double the Fun with Blue Cave Snorkeling and Banana Boat Tour in Onna!
Onna, Okinawa

6. Hang out with mermaids at Onna village

In Onna, mermaids are not a figment of the imagination; they are real and warm creatures with a penchant for photography. Spend time with beautiful mermaids, and let the kids take pictures for proof to their friends!

沖縄ダイビングショップ シーフリー(Sea Free)
Mermaid Swim Experience & Blue Cave Snorkeling!
Onna, Okinawa
かりほー商店
Transform into a Mermaid and Enjoy a Snorkeling Experience and Explore the Vast Colorful Coral Reefs!
Taketomi, Okinawa
沖縄ダイビングショップ シーフリー(Sea Free)
Wear a Mermaid Swimwear and Try to Swim Like Mermaids in Okinawa! (Small Children from the Age of 2 Years Old Can Participate)
Onna, Okinawa

7. Play in waterfalls and ziplines in Yanbaru

Touched by overwhelming nature and clear streams, Yanbaru and Iriomote are some of the few places to experience treats of waterfall climbing, natural sliders, overwater ziplining, and canyoning!

沖縄ダイビングショップ シーフリー(Sea Free)
River Trekking & Blue Cave Snorkeling
Nago City, Okinawa
西表島 ADVENTURE PiPi(ピピ)
Jump into the River, Slide Down the Waterfall, and More in a Thrilling Canyoning Experience! (Family-Friendly Course)
Taketomi, Okinawa
西表島 ADVENTURE PiPi(ピピ)
Outdoor Nature Activities for the Whole Family: Mangrove Kayaking or SUP, and Canyoning Adventures!
Taketomi, Okinawa

8. Okinawa ATV tours: Explore incredible landscapes in style

Across Nago, Itoman, Iriomote, and Ishigaki, buggy tours are available featuring courses across large farms, beautiful jungles, and pineapple villages. Children can ride with their parents for an amazing thrill in nature!

どきどきヤンバルンチャー
Get Muddy with a 4-Wheel Buggy Ride Tour in a Village Famous for Pineapples in Okinawa! (Family-friendly Experience)
Higashi, Okinawa
どきどきヤンバルンチャー
Explore the Jungle with Buggies While Experiencing the Ocean Breeze in Itoman Okinawa (Beginner and Children-friendly course)
Itoman, Okinawa
どきどきヤンバルンチャー
Take on the Joys of Driving Your Own ATV in an Experience with Lots of Enticing Challenges and Fun in Okinawa! (Family-friendly Course)
Nago, Okinawa

9. Uncover geological mysteries in Miyakojima

Amazing limestone caves such as Miyakojima's pumpkin cave that offers refreshing exploration. Wade under stalactites, with headlamps shinning the way, to uncover old mysteries!

西表島 ADVENTURE PiPi(ピピ)
Iriomote Island Limestone Cave Exploration (Half-day Tour)
Taketomi, Okinawa
西表島 ADVENTURE PiPi(ピピ)
Enjoy Mangrove Cruising and Exploring a Limestone Cave in Iriomote Island
Taketomi, Okinawa
コーラルコースト
Limestone Cave Exploration Tour in Miyakojima
Miyakojima, Okinawa

10. A tasty tour for the entire family

The whole family can enjoy a day out in Nago and Miyakojima while chilling to the aroma of a beach barbecue. Delicious seafood, beef, exotic pineapples, and more are on the menu!

ファイブオーシャン(FIVE OCEAN)
Bbq on the Beach with Your Friends and Family While Enjoying Various Marine Sports!
Nago, Okinawa
やんばるBBQビアガーデン
Enjoy Delicious Bbq and Camping with Your Family, Couple, or Friends at Yanbaru Bbq and Camp! (All Tents and Ingredients Included)
Nakijin, Okinawa
ブルーポエム(Blue-Poem)
Experience Blue Cave Snorkeling and Savor Bbq with Incredible Views and Fresh Beach Breeze!
Onna, Okinawa

11. Ishigaki Tree climbing: Follow adventure up a tree

Sit on a branch and stare out into the sea, or find a scenic sleeping spot on a hammock beside the quiet gushes of seawater playing a game of tag with the sand. Find out why monkeys love trees so much!

アウトドアガイドMUSUBI
Climb a Tree, Relax on a Swing and Feel the Fresh Sea-Wind While Enjoying Seasonal Tropical Fruits and Herbal Teas from Ishigakijima!
Taketomi, Okinawa
アウトドアガイドMUSUBI
Enjoy a Kayaking Tour in Ishigaki Island and Relax on a Hammock Hanging from a Tree (Lunch Included)
Taketomi, Okinawa

12. Keep in shape with island strolls

An adventure in the outdoors is a great fitness plan for the family. Trek across clear streams, dreamy forests, and scenic mountain trails as you bump into members of the diverse ecosystem in Iriomote, Ishigaki, and Yanbaru!

HABU ASOBI
Extraordinary Family Trekking Tour at Yanbaru River!
Nago, Okinawa
西表島 KEN GUIDE
Explore the Incredible Nature of Iriomote Island at a Jungle Trekking, Caving, and Mangrove Canoeing Tour!
Taketomi, Okinawa
西表島カヌーツアー風車
Guided Mangrove Kayaking and Waterfall Trekking Exploration Course
Taketomi, Okinawa
沖縄プロデュース カマダ(Okinawa Produce Kamada)
Make a Memorable Family Trip: Yanbaru Forest River Trekking Tour
Nago, Okinawa

13. Okinawa cosplay photoshoots: Become a mermaid, or samurai, for the day

Available in all sizes for children and adults alike, mermaid cosplays on a beautiful beach is a nice way to spend an afternoon. You can also try out kimono dress-ups in Naha, with options for ninja and samurai armor, complete with katanas!

きものすたじお花花
Unique Way to Capture a Family Photoshoot Dressed Up in Okinawa's Traditional Kimono!
Naha, Okinawa
サムライスタジオ78
Photo Shooting Experience for the Whole Family: Wear Samurai Armor, Ninja Costume, or Anime Cosplay and Make Unforgettable Memories!
Naha, Okinawa
琉球エンターテイメント
Wear a Mermaid Costume and Get Your Photos Taken by a Professional Photographer at the Beach!
Okinawa

14. Fun with culture: Ishigaki folk songs and dance

Ishigaki island has a rich folk heritage. Get treated to some of that inspiring culture involving customary Yaeyama folk songs, popular during farming and festivals, and traditional performances, often encompassing beautiful poetry!

(株)ステージングプライム
Enjoy a Traditional Folk Dance and Song Performance in Okinawa
Taketomi, Okinawa

15. Stop and smell the roses in Okinawa city

Home to adorable goats, hamsters, and inquisitive capybara, Okinawa city’s botanical garden offers the family a refreshing experience in palm forests and flower gardens. There are more than 1300 tropical plant varieties for guests to explore!

東南植物楽園
Southeast Botanical Gardens Admission Tickets
Chibana, Okinawa

16. Play out on the open sea at Chatan Sea park

Inflated rubber molds into a beautiful playground, minutes away from the Chatan shoreline. The pontoon park entails free diving, SUP cycling, clear water kayaking, sliders, and boat fishing!

沖縄マリンスポーツ【北谷町漁業協同組合 総合案内所】シーパーク北谷
Enjoy a Fun Day at the Sea Playing at a Waterpark in Chatan!
Chatan, Okinawa

17. Embracing Japanese mythology with Shisa lion crafting

The Shisa lion is believed to keep evil away or hold the good in depending on placements around the house. Making this important Ryukyuan artifact is always an interesting affair!

手作り体験工房てぃあんだー
Children-Friendly Shisa Lion Painting Experience
Naha, Okinawa
シーサー体験 琉球窯
Make, Bake, Paint and Take Home: Shisa Lion Crafting Workshop!
Nago, Okinawa
沖縄アート体験 美ら風
Family-Friendly Experience: Shisa Lion Painting Course
Naha, Okinawa

18. Make the world beautiful, one T-shirt at a time

Colors are the essence of life, making the mundane gorgeous and uplifting the boring into excitement. Showcase your painting skills with Okinawa dyeing experiences entailing eco-bags, book covers, T-shirts, and more!

びんがたの染や
Paint & Dye T-Shirts with Your Favorite Stylish Designs
Higashi, Okinawa
工房ちゅらうみ家
Learn How to Dye Textiles Using Okinawa's Traditional Patterns and Crafts
Okinawa
首里琉染(Shuri Ryusen)
Coral Dyeing Workshop at Shuri Ryusen in Okinawa
Naha, Okinawa

19. Fun with art: Sandblasting and glass workshops

From gorgeous photo frames to lovely Ryukyu glass utensils and colorful chandeliers, glass workshops and sandblasting experiences are a great way to fuel creativity and make beautiful items to commemorate the holiday!

石垣島のガラス館
Make Your Own Ryukyu Glass Using Traditional Blown Glass Methods
Taketomi, Okinawa
石垣島のガラス館
Perfect for Travel Memorial! Make Original Glass Works with Sandblasting Techniques
Taketomi, Okinawa

20. Ox-cart rides in blissful islands

How was life like in the medieval age? Find out on ox cart strolls around the beautiful Okinawa islands of Ishigaki and Iriomote, the latter home the only cat of its kind!

西表島 ADVENTURE PiPi(ピピ)
Island Sightseeing Tour Riding an Ox-Cart with Mangrove SUP or Canoe!
Taketomi, Okinawa,
石垣島  ADVENTURE PiPi(ピピ)
Phantom Island Snorkeling & Taketomi Island Sightseeing on an Ox-cart!
Taketomi, Okinawa

21. Make beautiful shellfish and other accessories

Break away from technology-addictions, with some quality family bonding over jewelry and other accessory making. Have fun with gorgeous pearls and kimono makeovers, including tiny umbrellas and makeup!

22. Red potatoes and candy making in Naha

Learning to cook is an important part of growing up. You and the children have the opportunity to craft exotic dishes like soba noodles, mochi, red potatoes, pork, candy, and much more with Okinawa cooking lessons!

テイストオブオキナワ(Taste of Okinawa)
Okinawa Local Food Cooking Experience and Market Walking Tour
Naha, Okinawa
屋我地エコツーネット
Family-Friendly Cooking Class at Okinawa: Authentic Buckwheat Making Experience
Nago, Okinawa
屋我地エコツーネット
Cooking Class for Families and Groups: Ryukyu Candy Making Experience
Nago, Okinawa

23. Cast your dreams on a shooting star

Okinawa enjoys a splendid share of the Milky Way, and the stars are magical this time of year. Hold hands in the beautiful moonlight and enjoy strolls under a picture-perfect sky!

タビワク 宮古島
Miyakojima Starry Sky Photo Tour (Watch the Beautiful Night Sky and the Milky Way)
Miyakojima, Okinawa
Churashima Night Sky Photo Studio
Make Memories of a Wonderful Trip Under the Starry Night Sky
Itoman, Okinawa
STARGATE ENTERTAINMENT
Observe the Starry Sky in Nakijin and Take Memorable Photos with Your Friends and Family in a Professional Photography Session
Nakijin, Okinawa

24. Okinawa Jungle Night Tours

When the sun goes down, the friendly and beautiful night critters of Iriomote wake to scavenge food. Be sure to also catch the beautiful sunset and lightning bugs in Onna village!

西表島 ADVENTURE PiPi(ピピ)
Cruise the Mangrove River of Iriomote Island at Night with a SUP or Canoe & Enjoy the Fantastic Sagaribana Flowers That Bloom at Night!
Uehara, Taketomi, Okinawa
石垣島  ADVENTURE PiPi(ピピ)
Enjoy an Exciting Guided Night Tour in the Subtropical Jungle of Ishigakijima and Watch the Starry Sky
Uehara, Taketomi, Okinawa
西表島 ADVENTURE PiPi(ピピ)
Explore the Bright Night Sky of Iriomote Island and the Subtropical Jungle Creatures in a Guided Night Tour
Uehara, Taketomi, Okinawa

Frequently asked questions

QWhat activities are good for families visiting Okinawa?

AA beautiful coastline and serene islands ensure the things to do in Okinawa with kids are endless. Families with children should consider:

• BBQ outings

• Churaumi Aquarium bus tours

• Nago Pineapple park visits

• Cosplay photoshoots

• Shisa lion crafting

• Mermaid adventures

QWhy is Okinawa so popular? What makes it famous?

AOkinawa is especially famous for its top-notch scuba diving, watersports, and beautiful islands such as Ishigaki and Iriomote. It also steals spotlights with its impressive theme parks and Okinawa Churaumi aquarium, which was the largest in the world up until 2005.

QAre there any good things to do in Okinawa at night?

ASub-tropical jungle expeditions and starry sky tours are excellent things to do in Okinawa with kids at night. The family is sure to appreciate the unique nature, and the streaming comets and twinkling stars, among many other delights, exclusive to the darkness.

QWhat family-friendly, outdoor activities are available in Okinawa?

AHave fun as a family with tours in unique blue caves and rides on banana boats. More adventures entail:

• Ishigaki Island snorkeling

• Kuroshio sea fishing

• Nago ATV tours

• Iriomote Ox cart rides in paradises of nature

• Canyoning in Yanbaru

• Limestone Caving tours

• Botanical Garden strolls

QWhat transport options are available for the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium?

AFrom the airport in Naha, you can get a direct bus to the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, which takes approximately 1.5 hours. The American village, Okinawa world, Manzamo, Kouri Island, and Nago Pineapple park are great places to visit as well when in Okinawa!

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