Surrounded by vibrant coral reefs, blue waters and white sand beaches, Okinawa is an attractive destination for Japanese in search of diving, surfing and sun.
But January through March brings something extra: humpback whales, which can be seen swimming, jumping and playing in the coastal waters of Japan's southernmost prefecture.
Spending much of the year in frigid Aleutian waters near the coast of Alaska, the whales migrate 5,100 kilometers south toward the Kerama Islands, just 40 kilometers west of Okinawa’s capital city, Naha.
The warmth of the Okinawan waters provides ideal breeding grounds for the whales and, luckily for us, a great place to watch the enormous mammals in action.
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