Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Okinawa Area

  • Yui Rail Museum
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    4.0
    4099 Reviews
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    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...

  • Okinawa World (Culture Kingdom / Gyokusendo Cave)
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    4.0
    1264 Reviews
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    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...

  • Nago Pineapple Park
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    3.5
    1077 Reviews
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    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...

  • Ryukyu Mura
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    4.0
    743 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunonnason Yamada 1130
    Ryukyu Mura is an interactive facility for Okinawan culture, arts and performance in Yamada, Onna Village, Kunigami County. Inside the park, there is a row of traditional Ryukyu houses, recreating the olden-day Okinawan atmosphere so it is often used as a location for filmmaking. There are various hands-on programs such as traditional craft making and attractions such as Eisa, an Okinawan folk dance performance. There are eating and shopping areas in the attached dome-shaped facility called “Okinawa Station Chanpuru”. One feature is that there are many things to do even on rainy days.

    It is definitely a tourist attraction with bus loads of them. It mainly showcases the houses of the past. At each of these, there is variety of activities, but you have to pay for it. Activities like...

  • Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort
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    4.0
    878 Reviews
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    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...

  • Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum
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    4.0
    694 Reviews
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    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...

  • Moon Beach
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    4.0
    604 Reviews
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    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...

  • Shikina-en garden
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    4.0
    522 Reviews
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    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!

  • Emerald Beach
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    4.0
    506 Reviews
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    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...

  • Banna Park
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    4.0
    489 Reviews
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    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.

    We drove thru the park and stopped at a few of the observation towers to see the great view of the island. We took the Segway tour which was very interesting.

  • Fukushu-en garden
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    4.0
    441 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Kume 2-29-19
    Located around seven minutes’ walk from the Prefectural Office Station on the Okinawa Urban Monorail (Yuirail) line, Fukushu-en is a Chinese-style garden that was created to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of “sister-city” relations between Fuzhou City in China and Naha City, and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Naha City Government; it reflects the fact that Chinese culture exerted a considerable influence on Ryukyuan culture in the past. The verdant garden is divided into three sections—Ming, Wen, and Hua—and is filled with beautiful seasonal flowers throughout the year. The large pond in the center of the garden features a waterfall that creates a cooling ambience.

    A fantastic location to viist.Easily combined with a visit to Naminoue (beach / Shrine) and other areas in central Naha. I love going there just to feed the fantastic, huge Koy Carp!

  • Neo Park Okinawa
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    4.0
    344 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Nago 4607-41
    Neo Park Okinawa located in Nago City, the northern part of Okinawa Prefecture, is a natural botanical and zoological park. Animals and plants from tropical areas such as Central and South America, Oceania and Africa are grown without heat insulation by utilizing Okinawa’s rich climate and natural features. The free range farming method on the large property is like being in nature itself. You can enjoy an interactive animal experience unlike other flora and fauna parks.

    The Neo park has a big area with birds that my son loves it so much. Besides that, the train ride at the park was his favorite and he got so excited to see different types of animals. The part...

  • SAN-A Naha Main Place
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    4.0
    216 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Omoromachi 4-4-9
    This general shopping center is located in Naha City. Food, clothing, home appliances, household articles, and everything else you could need are available here. There’s also a movie theater, game center, and various other forms of entertainment. You can relax and have a meal in the restaurants and cafes, and there’s room for the whole family. The closest station is Omoromachi Station on the Okinawa Monorail (Yui Rail).

    I visited Okinawa for the first time and wanted to get some snacks. I was told San-A in Main Place is the biggest one. I ended up getting about 20 different kinds of candies. Then I also saw certain...

  • Hill of bios
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    4.0
    310 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Urumashi Ishikawakadekaru 961-30
    “Hill of bios” is a botanical garden park in Uruma City that recreates the unique forest that originally covered Okinawa. Visitors have the opportunity to view beautiful flowers that change with the seasons, as well as encountering Okinawa’s native animal species. Besides more physical activities such as canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), visitors can also ride in a lake excursion boat, viewing the subtropical plants and animals while listening to the commentary given by the guide in the boat’s prow. There are also various optional activities that enabled visitors to have fun while learning about Okinawa’s natural wonders; for example, visitors can go round the park in a cart pulled by a water-buffalo.

    This was a very nice place especially if like gardens. It was peaceful and comfortable walk. Make sure you give it at least an hour plus to walk around.

  • Tomarin
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    3.5
    375 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Maejima 3-chome 25-1
    This passenger terminal building complex is where ships stop that connect to the remote islands of Tokashiki, Zamami, Aguni, Tonaki, Kume, Minami-Daito and Kita-Daito. In addition to being able to purchase tickets to board a boat, it is a convenient location that has Okinawa restaurants, a café, convenience store, rental car agency and ATMs. There is also a hotel located in the building.

    I bought tickets to go to Kumejima Island on 8:30 the next day ( not the 14:00 trip). But they did not informed us about the cancel of that 8:30 trip until we got on the ferry and did not see it...

  • Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunmotobuchou Ishikawa 424 (inside Ocean Expo Park)
    "This aquarium is located within Ocean Expo Park on Motobu Town. A number of species are raised in one of the world's biggest tanks, including whale sharks over eight meters in length, and large reef manta rays. In addition, the seas of Okinawa are replicated in meticulously crafted exhibits, such as the shallow seas with spreading coral or the deep ocean. Also, the restaurant ""Ino"" offers a lunch buffet with an ocean view (there are breakfast and a la carte times as well), which you can make use of without entering the aquarium. There are dolphin shows (free) to enjoy in the ""Okichan Theater"" outside too."
  • Ikei Beach
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    3.5
    228 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Urumashi Yonashiroikei 405
    Ikei Island is a remote island accessible via a marine road extending from the eastern part of Okinawa’s main island. This beach is in the southern part of the island, where you can enjoy gazing at the serene cobalt blue sea, as well as partake in marine sports such as diving, snorkeling, and sea kayaking, not to mention barbeques and other activities.

    いくつかの口コミに、ビーチを利用する際は、料金を徴収されるという違法行為があるとの報告でしたが、私が利用した時は、特にそのような事はありませんでした。 いずれにしても、仮に、違法行為があったとしても長くは続かないでしょう。 ビーチだけの話をすれば、穴場ですし、海もキレイなのでオススメです。 売店も少しあるので、食事の心配もありません。 See some reviews are collected...

  • OKINAWA Fruits Land
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    3.0
    327 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Bimata 1220-71
    OKINAWA Fruits Land located in Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture is a popular sightseeing place. It was refurbished in 2013 and reopened with the concept of an “interactive facility style / original story book” Tropical Kingdom Tale. You can learn about and enjoy the secret of fruit and the story of happiness and others through the tale. The “fruit zone” in the facility grows more than about 30 types of tropical fruit, such as papayas and mangos depending on the season. In the “shopping zone” you can try sweet pineapple. It also has a range of other facilities such as a restaurant, a café and a shop where you can buy souvenirs.

    My first visit to Fruits Land was unexpected, i thought was a place like Pineapple Land but was totally different. It’s like a treasure hunt for kids, where they need to collect all fruits stamps...

  • Kariyushi Beach
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    4.0
    251 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Kise 1996
    A private beach belonging to Reef Resort Kariyushi situated along National Route 58 in Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture. Here you can enjoy marine activities like jet skiing, sea kayaking, and parasailing; and activities such as riding in a glass bottom boat, going on a nature cruise, or participating in a water program. There's also Kariyushi Water Land for children. The resort rents beach parasols and mats, perfect for relaxing on the beach and taking in the deep blue sea.

    We were stay in Marriott Okinawa. They have free drop off,pick up bus. Also,they have pool. This beach all ages can enjoy,family,kids,couples... Just one thing...Towels are bit expesive. If you can...

  • Okinawa Zoo & Museum
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    4.0
    189 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Okinawashi Goya 5-7-1
    This theme park features both a zoo and a facility for nurturing children’s knowledge and sensitivity. The zoo features over 200 different species of mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles that visitors can observe up close. Visitors can also receive opportunities to come into direct contact with some smaller species. The Wonder Museum contains workshops for children and hands-on exhibitions, allowing them to have fun and learn at the same time.

    The zoo was a bit disappointing compared to other zoos in Asia with the animal fixtures very tired looking. If you are in the area with kids then worth a stop for a couple hours. There is a riding...

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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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