Spots in Okinawa Area

  • Yui Rail Museum
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    4.0
    4099 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Ashimine 377-2 Okinawa City Monorail Headquarters Inside the site
    Located onsite at the Okinawa City Monorail Corporation, this exhibition space has approximately 400 items on display. The first floor focuses on the monorail itself, and there’s a video showing the railway completion process. The second floor is dedicated to valuable documents, tickets, and other materials from the light railway that operated before the war. You can also use a computer to create your very own monorail paper model, and you can print it out and take it home with you. Entry is free.

    Only took it to get to the airport from Naha city, was a bit crowded at around 9am (tourists and commuters), but the trip was smooth. You can get a ticket easily from the machines (QR code on the...

  • Jack’s Steak House
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Nishi 1-7-3
    Located in Naha City, Jack’s Steak House is a long-established steak restaurant that opened in 1953, not long after the end of the Second World War. It offers delicious, high-quality steak at reasonable prices, and is popular with both tourists and locals. The interior, which is reminiscent of an American diner, still features the “A Sign” permit awarded to the restaurant during the American Occupation.
  • Okinawa World (Culture Kingdom / Gyokusendo Cave)
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    4.0
    1264 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.

    Paid 1300 yen per adult to visit the caves and watched half an hour of the traditional cultural show. 850m of the cave are open to public and feature spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. The...

  • Sefa Utaki
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    4.0
    1035 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...

  • Airport Restaurant
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    4.0
    1212 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Kagamizu 150 Naha Airport Building 1F
    The Airport Restaurant is located on the left-hand side of the first floor in the Arrivals building at Naha Airport. Although mainly intended for airport employees, non-employees are welcome to use the Restaurant, and many tourists eat there. Diners can enjoy classic Okinawa dishes such as Okinawa-style Soba Noodles, Chanpuru (a stir-fried dish), Champon (rice with fried vegetables, meat and eggs), etc. for very reasonable prices (around 600 yen).

    I had a transit flight for Ishigaki Island, I looked forward to trying this restaurant as I heard about positive feedback. Soki soba was good maybe because of super reasonable price. Other local...

  • Nago Pineapple Park
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    3.5
    1077 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...

  • Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort
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    4.0
    878 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunonnason Fuchaku 66-1
    This hotel offers a variety of activities for both children and adults. While enjoy the beautiful scenery and marine activities at Sunmarina Beach, one of the most beautiful places in Japan, there are thrilling outdoor activities and indoor activities. Whale watching from late December to early April is particularly popular.

    Good room quite place nice host Perfect Sea Sand Sun love Atmosphere. However if you looking for nice restaurant near by Hotel we didnt see just only see minimal café and easy way to.go.aquarium I...

  • Onna no Eki Nakayukui Market
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    4.5
    777 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.

    This “market” includes a supermarket selling local produce and frequented almost entirely by local people, a food court that has customers who are both local and tourists, and souvenir shops...

  • Hitoshi (Ishiganto Store)
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    4.5
    698 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Okawa 197-1
    This bar is where you can taste seasonal seafood and local dishes from Ishigaki Island. Their tuna sushi, which is a set with two fresh otoro and chutoro tuna sushi each and a thin tuna sushi roll is recommended. Besides sushi, there is also a large number of a la carte dishes, and the shop requires a reservation. It is highly accessible because it is located within walking distance of the city area.

    You must make a reservation. We were lucky to get one for 5pm the following day. We arrived before 5pm and there was a queue to get in!! It was an anomaly seeing such a long queue in a relatively...

  • Naminoue-gu Shrine
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    4.0
    765 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
    694 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.

    Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Gallery *** must visit *** Another place you cannot miss when you visit Okinawa. A half day visit to the museum will allow you to have a quick glimpse into the...

  • Ufuya - Okinawa Old Folk House
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    4.0
    616 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Nakayama 90
    This local restaurant uses a kominka (old house) centered on Asato residence, constructed in the late Meiji period (1868–1912). In the afternoon, in addition to Okinawan soba wheat noodles, you can enjoy their prided Agu pork dishes and steak using wagyu beef from the prefecture, and reservations are only available for the shabu-shabu course and wagyu steak. They only offer courses of Ryukyu dishes or Agu pork at night.

    Make your reservations online as the place can be packed. We ordered the Agu pork shabu shabu set for 3 persons and really enjoyed the meat and the fresh vegetables. The resulting broth at the end...

  • Katsuren Castle Ruins
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    4.5
    555 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.

    Like most things in Okinawa it really pays to have a hire car to visit. It is possible via public transport but it will take you some time to get there from Naha. Its a beautiful castle ruins with...

  • Senagajima Umikaji Terrace
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    4.0
    419 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...

  • Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave
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    3.5
    651 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 was a great cave adventure, I was surprised how warm it was walking thru this cave. A nice long walk underground self-guided tour at your own pace.

  • The Tower of Himeyuri / Himeyuri Peace Museum
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    4.5
    423 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...

  • Moon Beach
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    4.0
    604 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Kunigami-gun Onnason Maeganeku 1203
    A resort hotel beach located in Onna Village, one of Okinawa's top resort areas, a five-minute drive from the Ishikawa Interchange on the Okinawa Expressway. Boasting a sweeping view of glittering emerald green ocean, as its name implies, this natural beach is shaped like a half moon. Open to non-hotel guests, as well, visitors can take in the tropical atmosphere. In addition to swimming, a variety of marine activities like jet skiing are on offer. On one of the particularly popular cruises, you can take in the ocean and the area's natural beauty from Yo Island, an uninhabited coral island amidst a coral reef.

    This hotel suffers from the same disease as most resort hotels do in Japan. They built it some decades ago and do not intend to refurbish it... But they keep the price of the room at a premium. The...

  • Kouri Ocean Tower
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    4.0
    575 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunnakijinson Kouri 538
    Kouri Ocean Tower on Kouri Island is situated in the sea north of the Motobu Peninsula. From the observatory tower at 82 meters above sea level, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Kouri Bridge and the beautiful blue ocean. Because you ride on a cart to the tower, you can relax while enjoying the sea breeze. You can take photos with the picturesque scenery in the background while you enjoy the lush subtropical garden. In the tower, as many as 10,000 shells including heart-shaped shells and colorful ones are exhibited. There is a restaurant where you can enjoy your meal while gazing at sea as well as a shop where a unique sweet only available in Kouri Island is sold directly from the factory.

    This attraction is managed by the same team as the one at the Pineapple park and Ofuya restaurant, and they have this interesting but gimmicky automated cart ride up the small hill. There’s a small...

  • Busena Marine Park
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    4.0
    553 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...

  • Shikina-en garden
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    4.0
    522 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!

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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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