Okinawa, an archipelago of white-sand islands, is known as the Hawaii of Japan, courtesy of its tropical climate, lush vegetation and crystal clear waters. Stop over in Naha, the capital of Okinawa and home to historic landmarks like palaces, shrines and ornamental gardens (not to mention the shopping streets!). Or head straight for the coast, staying in swanky Okinawa hotels featuring pools, private beaches and hiking trails into the rolling hills.
Whatever you choose, you’ll want to treat yourself to a luxurious spa treatment or soak in an open-air cedar tub over the sea. Make sure to sample local delicacies to get a taste for the lifestyle that sees Okinawans live longer than nearly anyone else on the planet.