Where's the action? Right here! We uncovered the top getaway spots to put on your wish list this year.
Local taste: Dine on a chanpuru stir-fry (tofu, bitter melon, eggs, and meat) at Kise, the teppanyaki restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa.
Souvenir Nirvana: Okinawa is known for its strong craft traditions, especially pottery. For the best selection, head to the Tsuboya Pottery District, on the main island in the capital city of Naha, where workshops and galleries have set up shop.
When in Rome: Explore the sandy streets of Taketomi Island's quaint village as the 350 locals do—in a shaded cart pulled by water buffalo.