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Okinawa is a great place to get stationed if you are up for an adventure and love water. You can use it as a stepping stone to travel through Asia or Europe, just know that travel off the island in most cases is not cheap.

This is a whole different lifestyle than the U.S. The Okinawans are very laid back, and you may feel like you are going back in time when everything closes early and you need cash more than cards. While it is much safer than America, you still need to take precautions with locking your cars and houses. It is common for people to open your door for deliveries off base and there have been cases of military id theft in cars.

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The island of Okinawa is very small, 67 miles long and 2-17 miles wide. Don’t let that fool you, it can take hours to get places. Even though the distance between some of the bases is quite short, traffic can be heavy, the speed is slow, and the roads are very curvy which results in traffic jams and longer commutes.

There are seven USMC camps on Okinawa. Courtney, Foster, Lester, and Kinser are for Marines and families to live. Hansen, Schwab, and Futenma are for Marines to live. Click here for a map of Okinawa.

There is also Kadena Air Base, that has many restaurants (including Chili’s) and other activities that the Marine Corps bases may not have. Torii Station (Army) and White Beach (Navy) offer different activities as well.

Japan is a great place to get stationed if you are up for adventure. You can use it as a stepping stone to see much of Asia or Europe because the destinations are so much closer than the states.

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We have a very humid climate here because we are surrounded by the water and live in a sub-tropical place. The summer is HOT HOT HOT; more hot than Oklahoma and Vegas but if you are from Texas you’ll do fine!  Be prepared to feel moisture and heat when you step outside. The fall is very nice for it is very warm. The winter is mild usually in the 60′s. Spring 60′s and 70′s. People say May-June is rainy season but in my opinion it’s always the rainy season. Typhoon season is from June-Nov. Typhoons cause for a lot of wind and rain and the base will usually shut down. Everything here is built to typhoon standards, so when a warning is issued, everyone goes home. Some typhoons cause more damage than others, but with renters insurance, you will be covered.

 

Weather for Okinawa
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77°/66°

USMC Weather Page and Kadena USAF Weather Page

What is there to do in Okinawa Japan?

Area Activities

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Aquarium: The second largest aquarium in the world is housed here in Okinawa. It is located on the northern end of the island. It has the world’s largest single tank which houses 3 large whale sharks along with hundreds of other fish. From Foster to the Aquarium it takes about 90 minutes by car on the tollway.

Ocean: The ocean in Okinawa is truly spectacular. If you have a love for the water, this might just be the place for you! Okinawa is a tropical environment and the water is the most beautiful shade of blue. It is a huge hotspot for snorkeling and scuba diving. You can get certified for scuba diving once you are here!

 

 

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American Restaurant Guide for Okinawa Japan Marine Corps Base

ShareMILITARY HOUSING    |   ABOUT OKINAWA BASE   |   AREA SCHOOLS  YOUTH CARE, ACTIVITIES & SPORTS   |   GETTING TO AND FROM   |  RESOURCES   Chinese & Japanese    Thai    Italian    American     Cafe, Wine & Coffee   Other World Cuisine AMERICAN: 50′s Café: Variety of burgers for around 500-1050 yen and breakfast items. Open Tue-Fri 11:00am-9:30pm, Sat & Sun 10:00am-9:30pm. Closed Mondays. 098-938-7719. Directions: Go out Kadena Gate 3. …

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Base Information for Okinawa Japan Marine Corps Base

ShareMILITARY HOUSING    |   AREA SCHOOLS   |   RESTAURANT GUIDE YOUTH CARE, ACTIVITIES & SPORTS   |   GETTING TO AND FROM   |   LINKS   Commissary: You can do most of your grocery shopping on base. They do carry a lot of the local vegetables and other grocery items. You’ll probably be missing some of the staples you can buy in the US. …

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Cafe Wine and Coffee Shops in Okinawa Japan Marine Corps Base

ShareMILITARY HOUSING    |   ABOUT OKINAWA BASE   |   AREA SCHOOLS  YOUTH CARE, ACTIVITIES & SPORTS   |   GETTING TO AND FROM   |  RESOURCES Chinese & Japanese    Thai    Italian    American     Cafe, Wine & Coffee   Other World Cuisine   CAFE, WINE AND COFFEE SHOPS: British Tea and Wine Shop: Wonderful little cafe where a variety of fresh items are available daily.  Children are welcome. Open from 11:00am-6:00pm …

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Military Housing in Okinawa Japan Marine Corps Base

Share  ABOUT OKINAWA BASE   |   AREA SCHOOLS   |   RESTAURANT GUIDE YOUTH CARE, ACTIVITIES & SPORTS   |   GETTING TO AND FROM   |   RESOURCES   Housing Construction in Okinawa Japan Base Housing All of the houses in Okinawa are made out of concrete and the new renovated ones are multiplexes or towers so be ready for close living. Many of the homes …

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Okinawa Japan Marine Base Youth Care, Activities and Sports

ShareMILITARY HOUSING    |   BASE INFO    |   AREA SCHOOLS   |   RESTAURANT GUIDE   GETTING TO AND FROM   |   LINKS   Child Care Programs on Okinawa Japan Baby Smile Okinawa: Great place to find a sitter for your kiddos. You can set up an interview with a simple phone call or email. The director may come to your house. She works off base …

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Other World Cuisine Restaurant Guide for Okinawa Japan Marine Corps Base

ShareMILITARY HOUSING    |   ABOUT OKINAWA BASE   |   AREA SCHOOLS  YOUTH CARE, ACTIVITIES & SPORTS   |   GETTING TO AND FROM   |  RESOURCES Chinese & Japanese    Thai    Italian    American     Cafe, Wine & Coffee   Other World Cuisine OTHER WORLD CUISINE Kerebekki or “Butterfly” Turkish Dining: Affordable and great turkish food. Open from 11:30am-3:00pm (last order at 2:30pm) and dinner from 6:00pm-11:00pm. Closed on Wednesdays. 098-944-4747. Directions: …

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Pets / Getting To and From Okinawa Japan Marine Corps Base

ShareMILITARY HOUSING    |   ABOUT OKINAWA BASE   |   AREA SCHOOLS   RESTAURANT GUIDE  |  YOUTH CARE, ACTIVITIES & SPORTS   |  RESOURCES   I’ve Got Orders and I’m Moving to Okinawa Japan What will I need to move to Okinawa Japan? Documents: You will need a lot of documents before you hop a flight to Okinawa.  You will need: Passports for …

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Resources for Okinawa Japan Marine Corps Base

ShareMILITARY HOUSING    |   BASE INFO    |   AREA SCHOOLS   |   RESTAURANT GUIDE YOUTH CARE, ACTIVITIES & SPORTS   |   GETTING TO AND FROM   Looking for some helpful websites for more information?  Here are a bunch of links that we have found helpful for Okinawa Japan including a base directories, housing links and more. Official Marine Corps Base Okinawa Official USAF …

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Restaurant Guide for Okinawa Japan Marine Corps Base

ShareMILITARY HOUSING    |   ABOUT OKINAWA BASE   |   AREA SCHOOLS  YOUTH CARE, ACTIVITIES & SPORTS   |   GETTING TO AND FROM   |  RESOURCES  Chinese & Japanese    Thai    Italian    American     Cafe, Wine & Coffee   Other World Cuisine   Jusco & San-A Grocery Shops: Has food courts inside them and offer everything from pizza to sushi. Other Fun Foodie Links (keep in mind advertisers can post …

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Schools on Okinawa Japan Marine Corps Base

ShareMILITARY HOUSING    |   ABOUT OKINAWA BASE   |   RESTAURANT GUIDE YOUTH CARE, ACTIVITIES & SPORTS   |   GETTING TO AND FROM   |   RESOURCES   Marine Corps Base Schools and School Districts How are the schools on Marine Corps Base Okinawa? (any reviews are completely independent from the School Liaison Officer Office) Okinawa School District The schools are all fantastic here in Okinawa. …

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Thai Restaurant Guide for Okinawa Japan Marine Corps Base

ShareMILITARY HOUSING    |   ABOUT OKINAWA BASE   |   AREA SCHOOLS  YOUTH CARE, ACTIVITIES & SPORTS   |   GETTING TO AND FROM   |  RESOURCES  Chinese & Japanese    Thai    Italian    American     Cafe, Wine & Coffee   Other World Cuisine THAI: SomChai: A very small and intimate Thai restaurant. Closed Mon/Tue and no Sunday dinner. Open for lunch: Wed-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm. Sunday lunch 11:30am-3:00pm. Dinners: Wed-Thur 5:00pm-7:30pm  Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-9:00pm. Directions: …

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