City of Naha
The capital of Okinawa prefecture located on the southwestern side of the main island of Okinawa facing the East China Sea. Flourished from the days of the Ryukyu kingdom as the trading port of the capital at Shuri. When Okinawa prefecture was established in 1879, it became the seat of the prefectural government. It is the political, economic, cultural, and transportation center of Okinawa. Pop.: approx. 304,000 (2001).