Spots in Okinawa Area

  • Suimui Utaki
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    4.0
    5163 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Shurikinjouchou 1-2 (within Shuri Castle Park)
    This place of worship is situated in front of the walls of Shuri Castle, and is one of 10 sacred sites within the castle. Existing since before the castle was erected, this holy site is said to have been around since the creation of the Ryukyu Kingdom, and its long history is evident in the several poems about Suimui Utaki present in the Omoro Soshi, the oldest compilation of Ryukyuan songs. The current structure was restored in December of 1997.

    Yes, the main buildings at Shurijo Castle have burnt down and there are efforts to clean the area up and start construction again. Although most buildings are no longer here, I feel the castle area...

  • Okinawa World (Culture Kingdom / Gyokusendo Cave)
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    4.0
    1272 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Tamagusuku Maekawa 1336
    Visitors to this theme park, one of the largest in the prefecture, can fully experience the history, culture, and natural beauty of Okinawa. There, visitors can enjoy seeing the Gyokusendo, called the most beautiful limestone cave in the orient. They can also try their hand at traditional handcrafts at the Ryukyu Kingdom Castle Town, which is lined with old folk homes that are registered as national tangible cultural properties. Other attractions include the eisa dance performances and habu shows. The park also features a souvenir shop offering a wide range of souvenirs and even a craft beer brewery.

    Information about opening and closing days is wrong in their website (english version). Also information provided to Okinawa tourist office is wrong.

  • Sefa Utaki
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    4.0
    1044 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Chinen Kudeken
    Sefa Utaki is a historical site located in Nanjo City, Okinawa Prefecture. In December 2000 it was designated as part of the Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Within Sefa Utaki there are six Ibi (sacred areas), from one of which, Sangui, there is a wonderful view of Kudaka Island (known as the “Island of the Gods”). Sefa Utaki is still venerated as a sacred place, and many people come to pray here.

    It is nearby Cape Chinen Park which we whisked by from. The carpark is pretty near the ticket office to purchase admission tickets. Thankfully the staff at the ticket office briefed us on the way to...

  • Nago Pineapple Park
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    3.5
    1085 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Bimata 1195
    Nago Pineapple Park is a pineapple theme park located on a plateau within Nago City. Visitors can travel through the park in fully-automatic “Pineapple Carts,” viewing the sub-tropical vegetation and the extensive pineapple fields. There is also a pineapple processing plant within the park; the plant has displays about everything to do with pineapples, and visitors can also view the pineapple-slicing process. In the shopping area, visitors can taste various pineapple-related beverage and food products, and buy souvenir gifts to take home.

    The park although small, was pretty well organised for a 1-2 hour visit. From the parking lot, there will be a bus pickup through the pineapple fields with useful information on growing pineapples...

  • Onna no Eki Nakayukui Market
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    4.5
    796 Reviews
    Shopping
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunonnason Nakadomari 1656-9
    Onna no Eki Nakayukui Market is a local produce direct-sales market located by the side of National Highway 58, offering a wide range of local specialty products from Onna Village; the products on sale include fresh vegetables and fruit picked in the village, as well as handicraft products. Marine products are also on sale, including locally-caught Sea Grapes (Caulerpa Lentillifera), sashimi, tempura, etc. There are also quite a few places to eat in the market, including restaurants selling Okinawan Soba Noodles and Sata Andagi (Okinawan sweet deep-fried buns), fruit bars, etc.

    if going North or coming down from there this place is a good place to stop off. Nice selection of gifts and fresh goods inside the store and some places to eat at gentle prices. closes at 6PM sharp...

  • Peace Memorial Park
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    4.5
    589 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Mabuni 444
    Straddling the boundary between Itoman City and Yaese Town, Shimajiri District, the Peace Memorial Park is a Quasi-National Park that includes beautiful natural scenery and also historical sights commemorating the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. There is an observation platform with good views along the coast. The area within the Park saw some of the fiercest fighting during the Battle of Okinawa, and was the location of the Japanese Army’s last line of defense. Within the Park, the Peace Memorial Museum houses displays of photographs and relics relating to the Battle, as well as the National War Dead Peace Mausoleum, which records the names of all the people who died during the Battle, along with more than 100 individual memorial steles and cenotaphs. Besides being a place dedicated to the dream of global peace and which aims to send out a message of peace, the Park is also a place that many families visit on weekends and public holidays for picnics and recreation.

    I visited the Peace Memorial Park with a tour group and it did not disappoint. The grounds are much larger then I expected, you need several hours here to explore the grounds, see the museum, and...

  • Naminoue-gu Shrine
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    4.0
    774 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Wakasa 1-25-11
    This temple located on a cliff edge above the waves has a long history. Naha Port was a base for trade with China, Southeast Asia, Korea and ancient Japan long ago, and it is said that shipping leaving the port would pray for a safe voyage, and shipping entering the port would give thanks for their safety. Various events such as the Shinkosai, Okinawan sumo tournaments, Ryukyu dancing and Enbu Taikai tournaments are held during and around the annual festival on May 17.

    10 minutes walk from central Naha, right next to a beautiful beach. This is a working shrine that is frequented by local people. We went to the New Years Eve ceremony !

  • Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum
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    4.0
    703 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Omoromachi 3-1-1
    The Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, which is the largest museum of its kind in Okinawa Prefecture, is located approximately 10 minutes’ walk from Omoromachi Station on the Okinawa Urban Monorail (Yuirail) line. Besides the Museum’s permanent exhibitions—which comprise general exhibitions relating to Okinawa’s natural environments, history and culture, as well as five sub-exhibitions on natural history etc.—special exhibitions are also held. The outdoor display area, with its reconstructions of a traditional Ryukyuan farmhouse and storehouse, is particularly popular with visitors. The Art Museum’s collections are focused on the work of artists with a connection to Okinawa island or Okinawa Prefecture, as well as modern and contemporary art; exhibits include contemporary artworks from Japan, other Asian countries, and the U.S.A., etc.

    I had a wonderful time walking through the museum. I was especially happy to see their exhibits of the past. Also they have a wonderful shop which for me has the best collection of post cards. free...

  • Busena Marine Park
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    4.0
    557 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Kise 1744-1
    Busena Marine Park is located at Cape Busena, near Nago City. An underwater observatory has been built in the waters off the cape, providing a 360-degree view of the beautifully colored fish through 24 underwater windows. Glass-bottomed boats depart from the pier near the observatory, enabling visitors to “stroll” through the ocean. Please note that there is an admission charge for the observatory, and there is also a charge for the trips in the glass-bottomed boats (packages combining the two activities at a specially reduced price are available).

    We had 2 activities; taking the glass-bottom boat and climbing down the water tower. Sailing out to the sea and looked at the sea bed through the glass at the bottom of the boat was quite an...

  • Katsuren Castle Ruins
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    4.5
    566 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Urumashi Katsurenhaebaru 3908
    Amawari is said to have brought prosperity to Katsuren in the 15th century, and this is the castle where he resided. It was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2000. It stands on a hill between 60 and 98 meters above sea level, and it makes clever use of the natural cliff, featuring walls that form a graceful curve. The “Ichi-no Kuruwa (1st enclosure) ,” the highest point, offers an amazing view of the mountains and outlying islands that surround Kin Bay.

    Katsuren Castle Ruins are one of the UNESCO listed sites around Okinawa. The castle is free to visitors and there is a nice free parking lot across the street. The castle is perched on top of a hill...

  • Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave
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    3.5
    659 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Ishigaki 1666
    Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave is a large limestone cave which developed naturally over a period of about 200,000 years. It has a total length of 3.2 kilometers, out of which approximately 660 meters is open to the public. The limestone cave which was created from coral reef has many highlights such as the “Suikinkutsu” (water harp cave) where you can enjoy the sound of water dripping and the “Totoro Stalactite” which is similar to Totoro. The inside of the cave has been illuminated creating a fantastic atmosphere. The tour of the caves takes about 30 minutes.

    This cave shows nature at its most fascinating. However, some of the human additions need work. I liked the various colors to subtly highlight the stalactites, but the Christmas-style lights detract...

  • Senagajima Umikaji Terrace
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    4.0
    432 Reviews
    Shopping
    Okinawa Pref. Tomigusukushi Senaga 174-6
    This commercial facility is by the sea on the western side of Senaga Island 15 minutes by car from Naha Airport. The food consists mainly of Okinawan dishes, and there's also a craft shop with jewelry and other products for sale. There are 33 establishments in total offering everything from snorkeling to sea kayaking and more, not to mention “FM-Toyomi” satellite studios. Weekly events are held as well, and include the resort-music-focused “Music Night” and performances by street entertainers.

    Beautiful place to chill and enjoy watching planes taking off/landing in Naha airport. Beautiful clear blue skies and fluffy clouds with the sea and beach. Just lovely exploring this island which is...

  • The Tower of Himeyuri / Himeyuri Peace Museum
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    4.5
    424 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Ihara 671-1
    Himeyuri Memorial Tower is a cenotaph dedicated to the Himeyuri student corps who died in the Battle of Okinawa. The Himeyuri student corps was a group of 240 students and teachers of the Okinawa Shihan Women's School and Okinawa Daiichi Women's High School who were mobilized as a nursing unit for the Okinawan Army Field Hospital, towards the end of the Pacific War. Following the US military's advance at the end of May, they were withdrawn to the southern part of Okinawa Island, and abruptly disbanded in June. However, over 100 of them lost their lives soon after. In 1989, this museum was established to teach people about the wartime experiences of the Himeyuri student corps. The museum displays exhibits of the Himeyuri student corps personal possessions and photographs. There is also a diorama which is a reproduction of the Ihara Third Surgical Cave Hospital. The museum aims to make people consider war and peace through learning about the Himeyuri student corps' experiences.

    As I was not brought up with this part of ww2 it is interesting to understand what happened here. This site is one of remembering the people who were helping the wounded in the war and were they...

  • Emerald Beach
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    4.0
    508 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunmotobuchou Ishikawa 424 Ocean Expo Park
    Emerald Beach is a Y-shaped beach near Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in the Ocean Expo Park. It is divided into three sections; one for playing, one for resting, and one for viewing, and the large beach can accommodate about 3,000 people at the same time. The beautiful sea is so transparent we can see the white sand on the ocean floor easily, and the beach has been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 bathing beaches.

    Emerald beach walks very clean. There are permanent ‘parasol’ type of seating which provides shade from the sun and some seating area for one to rest when out of water. There are around 4 big floats...

  • Shikina-en garden
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    4.0
    526 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Maji 421-7
    This Ryukyuan-style garden is in Naha City. It was first built in 1799 as a villa for the Ryukyuan kings. The garden was known as the “Southern Gardens” because of its location to the south of Shuri-jo Castle. With a winding-path design, this unique garden combines elements of Chinese and traditional Okinawan design. In 2000, the Shikina-en garden was included within the scope of the Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu UNESCO World Heritage Site. The red algae Thorea gaudichaudii C. Ag. (which has been designated as a National Natural Monument) was first discovered at the Ikutoku Spring in the Shikina-en Garden.

    A beautiful, historic location. You can easily spend 2 hours walking in the gardens. The peace and tranquality is fantastic. We REALLY enjoyed it and will be going back again soon!

  • Sesoko Beach
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    4.0
    425 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunmotobuchou Sesoko
    Sesoko Island is a remote island accessible from Okinawa’s main island via the 762-meter-long Sesoko-ohashi Bridge. This natural beach stretches for about 800 meters along the island’s west coast. The contrast between the clear emerald-green sea and white sand is stunning, and the beach makes a great spot for admiring the orange tinge the sea takes on at sundown. Snorkeling is available at the swimming zone as well, allowing visitors to see brilliantly-colored tropical fish up close and personal.

    drove up here on the 19th January to find the area locked up and gate closed, the signage was in Japanese but from what I aw there was huge construction so I presume the beach is closed

  • Banna Park
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    4.0
    493 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Ishigaki 961-15
    This nature-rich park is in the center of Ishigaki Island and covers the entirety of Mt. Banna, 230 meters above sea level. It features open spaces that take advantage of the mountain topography as well as a walkway from which you can observe the subtropical wildlife—a hit with families. The “Emerald Sea Observation Deck” provides a sweeping view of the Yaeyama Islands, Taketomi Island, Iriomote Island, and the ocean itself.

    I came here only because it was close to the cave. This huge park should have a higher rating. There are many lookouts and walking trails. It’s quite hilly so a bit challenging as a cyclist. However...

  • Zakimi Castle Ruins
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    4.0
    457 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nakagamigunyomitanson Zakimi 708-6
    Gosamaru was renowned as a master castle architect, and these are the ruins of a castle he built at the start of the 15th century. It is replete with amazing sights, including the smooth curve of the castle walls and the elegant arch gateway, said to be the oldest in Okinawa. It is also a registered World Heritage Site. From the top of the castle, you can enjoy a splendid view of the East China Sea, and the sight of the sun sinking into its beautiful blue depths is one you won’t want to miss.

    Nice small detour on the way to the hotel, visiting the castle is free but its worth to pay the Y 500 extra for the small, but modern museum at the entrance to lean a bit more about Okinawan history...

  • Nakagusuku Castle Ruins
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    4.5
    370 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nakagamigunkitanakagusukuson Ogusuku 503
    Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, located on a hill overlooking Nakagusuku Bay, is a Renkaku enclosure-style consisting of six enclosures. The Ryukyu Kingdom is said to have had as many as 300 castles, and Nakagusuku Castle is in the best state of preservation among those castles as well as having a high historical value. The splendid castle wall drawing a beautiful curvy line with laid stones utilizes the natural terrain, and it is registered as a World Heritage Site as well as one of Japan’s top 100 famous castles.

    I visited the castle ruins on a Sunday afternoon and there were not many people here. Entrance price is cheap, 400 Yen. There is not a whole lot of information on the castle, I really want to know...

  • The Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters
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    4.5
    406 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Tomigusukushi Tomigusuku 236
    The Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters is an underground bunker complex constructed in 1944. There were around 450 meters of tunnels in total; the aim was to enable the defense of Okinawa to be carried on for as long as possible. The underground complex held a total of around 4,000 personnel; many lives were lost here. In 1970, 300 meters of the tunnels (including the command center) were restored, and opened to the public. There is a museum with a display of items recovered from the underground bunker complex, including weapons, uniforms, letters written to family members, etc.

    amazing how these guy dug this set of tunnels with only a axe. during the walk I noticed some tunnels dont have access. I hope one day they open those areas up. Nice little museum with some moving...

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Let go of your image of a busy, ordered Japan and replace it with crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches, and relaxing folk music: You've arrived in Okinawa. A world away from the high intensity of Tokyo, Okinawans appear to live a laid-back beach life on this paradisiacal tropical island that lies in the middle of the East China Sea almost 1,000 kilometers south of mainland Japan's most southern tip. Home to a spattering of islands, prepare yourself to discover underwater caves, star-shaped sand, and an island culture sometimes unrecognizable from mainland Japan.

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