Okinawa (沖縄) is Japan’s southernmost prefecture made up of hundreds of subtropical islands stretching over 700 kilometres of ocean. With its perpetually summery weather, friendly people, unspoilt white-sand beaches, coral reefs, crystal clear waters brimming with fish, and lush vegetation of all kinds, Okinawa is one of the most beautiful places in the world. If you’ve already seen your share of shrines and temples and are ready to soak up some sun on Japan’s best beaches, Okinawa is well worth a getaway.

Did you also know that Okinawa has the world’s highest number of centenarians? Thanks to their wholesome diet of locally-grown vegetables, healthy lifestyle and overall positive attitude towards life, many people in Okinawa defy the aging process to live beyond one hundred years, with some even surpassing 120! I guess you can say that this place holds the fountain of youth!

The people of Okinawa have been credited with the creation of the martial art of karate. In the following Life, by Okinawa video presented by Okinawa Prefecture, watch Daniel from Germany travel to Okinawa and learn the secrets of karate. If you are interested, you should check out 2 more videos in the series featuring groups of travellers from other parts of the world that experienced what life is like in this beautiful Japanese prefecture.

To travel to Okinawa, the best way is via a 3-hour flight from Tokyo. There are also direct flights from other parts of Japan, Taiwan, China, and South Korea to Okinawa Main Island.

Who knows, you may even discover the secret to longevity.

This post has been sponsored by Okinawa Prefecture, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.