The Characteristics of Naha City
A great number of historical and cultural sites that originated during the Ryukyu Kingdom can be seen in Naha City. Four cultural and historic sites out of the nine World Heritage Sites registered in 2000 are in Naha City along with the World-Heritage-Site-related historical structures, places of worship, and mausoleums where you can experience ethnic cultures and traditional practices.
On the other hand, Kokusai Street, which runs through the center of the city, is not only the symbol of the reconstruction of the post-World War II Okinawa, but also the center of everyday life for many citizens. Kokusai Street now is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Okinawa Prefecture. Many types of events such as the Eisa Dance Festival, the Ancient Ryukyu Dynastic Procession,and Sports Festivals are held on Kokusai Street, and traditional festivals including the three major festivals in Naha, Naha Haarii (an event to pray for good fishing), the Naha Great Tug-of War, and Shurijo Castle Festival are held in the city as well
Although Naha City is an urban area, tourists can enjoy sightseeing which focuses on nature. There are many smaller, surrounding islands such as the Kerama Islands which are easily accessible from Tomari Port, along with Naminoue Beach, where tourists can enjoy swimming and diving. Additionally Manko Wetland, a designated important ecosystem, has become a noted home to wild birds such as waterfowls.
The nature, history, and culture of Okinawa have also been integrated into the city as well, and you can find many traditional arts and crafts while also enjoying the Machiguwaa (market) culture of Naha. So, Mensooree (welcome) to Naha City!
The Location of Naha City
Okinawa Prefecture is an archipelago of islands which lie over a vast area of ocean situated at a Northern Latitude of 24- 28 Degrees and an Eastern Longitude of 122-133 degrees. It consists of 160 islands, including 49 inhabited islands. It is warm and extremely humid due to its subtropical climate.It is located in the path of some typhoons and its yearly weather is mild.
Naha City is located in the west coast of the southern area of the mainland Okinawa which is the largest island in Okinawa Prefecture. Since the major cities of both in Japan and foreign countries such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing, and Manilla lie within a 1,500 km circumference of the island, it has developed as a trade hub and has connected each of Southeast Asian countries as a pivotal point of transportation and communication. At present, Naha City is the largest city with a population of about 320,000, and is the center of politics, economics, and culture of Okinawa Prefecture. Due to urbanization, the surrounding districts of Naha City are growing as well; however, the population of the city has continued to climb annually. The total area of Naha City is 39.27km², and it has a population density of 8,051 persons per km² (as of 2010), which is the fourth highest among the prefectural capitols following Tokyo, Osaka, and Yokohama.
The west side of Naha City faces the East China Sea, and the southern, northern, and eastern sides of the city are adjacent to other cities, towns, and villages. The central part of the city is a flat area, though it is surrounded by hills. In terms of transportation, Naha City is “the Gateway of Okinawa”, since it has Naha Airport, Naha Port, New Naha Port, and Tomari Port leading into it.It is also an important relay station to the outer islands. In recent years, Naha City has drawn considerable attention from both Japan and abroad as a commercial trading base for adjoining Asian countries.
The Temperature and Recommended Clothing in Naha
Spring (March - May)
[March] The average temperature is 18.7 ° C.
It becomes warmer day by day and various kinds of flowers start to bloom. The beaches start to open from late in March.
Clothing: long-sleeved shirts, sweat shirts
[April] The average temperature is 21.4 ° C.
It's early summer in Okinawa, called "Urizun" in the local language.
Clothing: short-sleeved shirts, jeans
[May] The average temperature is 24.1 ° C.
It becomes humid at the beginning of the month and the rainy season sets in a little after the Golden Week holidays.
Clothing: short-sleeved shirts, short pants
Summer (June - August)
[June] The average temperature is 27.6 ° C.
The rainy season in Okinawa has a decent number of sunny days, though it tends to pour at the end of the season. The rainy season ends in late June.
Clothing: t-shirts, sunglasses
[July] The average temperature is 29.4 ° C.
The intense heat continues, but the highest temperature is not as high as in Mainland Japan.
Clothing: light and long-sleeved shirts, sunglasses, hats
[August] The average temperature is 29.0 ° C.
It is the best time for marine activities. There are occasional thunderstorms.
Clothing: sunglasses, hats, light long-sleeved shirts
Fall (September - November)
[September] The average temperature is 28.2 ° C.
The heat continues until the middle of the month. Typhoons come near Okinawa in September as well.
Clothing: short-sleeved shirts, sunglasses
[October] The average temperature is 26.4 ° C.
It becomes cooler in the early mornings and evenings.
Clothing: short-sleeved shirts, thin cardigans
[November] The average temperature is 22.5 ° C.
The weather is stable over all although it becomes cloudy from time to time when the north wind blows.
Clothing: long-sleeved shirts, thin cardigans
Winter (December - February)
[December] The average temperature is 18.7 ° C.
There are few rainy days although the wind becomes cold. It becomes even colder after the winter solstice.
Clothing: sweatshirts, jeans
[January] The average temperature is 18.5 ° C.
There are many rainy days because of the strong northeastern monsoons. The lowest temperature is 10 ° C, however, it feels colder than the actual temperature due to the strong wind.
Clothing: jackets, sweaters
[February] The average temperature is 16.1 ° C.
As in January, it is cold some days and warm other days; however, it becomes warmer and warmer as it rains.
Clothing: jackets, light coats
* The average temperature is that of Naha City in 2007. (reference: Okinawa Meteorological Observatory HP)
Data regarding Naha City
|Yearly average temperature||23.1 ° C|
|Yearly clear days||217 days|