From food and nature to hotels and history, here are five compelling reasons to visit Okinawa in 2021. History lovers should not miss Funauki village where the dreamy tropical atmosphere belies a dramatic past: a 19th-century coal mine occupied by the Japanese Army during World War II is among several local war sites. Accessible only by boat from jungle-covered Iriomote Island in the Yaeyama archipelago, the village is set on an expanse of ivory-white beach. Stay at Oku Iriomote Cottage and take a chartered boat trip with the friendly owner Ikeda-san. Explore the world of natural plant-dying at Shimaai Farm on Ishigaki Island.