Okinawa is located southwest of mainland Japan. It consists of 161 islands, can be found between mainland Japan and Taiwan in the Pacific Ocean, and is considered an international resort destination. Okinawa’s pristine beaches and warm, tropical climate make it a very tempting vacation destination. it is not only Okinawa’s natural beauty that makes it a wonderful place to visit; it is also a cultural experience giving visitors a deep appreciation for the country, culture and people. Okinawans have their own distinct culture, music, dance, cuisine, language, physical attributes, and history that set them apart from the Japanese of mainland Japan.