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  • Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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."
  • Mihama American Village
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nakagamigunchatanchou Mihama
    It is a major resort area that opened in 1998. It runs along Chatan Town’s National Highway Route 58 and the large Ferris wheel on the seashore is a landmark. There are a large number of shops and restaurants, including amusement facilities which are mainly popular among young people. The adjacent sunset beach as its name suggests is the perfect spot to view the beautiful setting sun. In the evening, you can enjoy the brilliant illumination of the Ferris wheel.
  • Okinawa World (Culture Kingdom / Gyokusendo Cave)
    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.
  • SAN-A Naha Main Place
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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).

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  • Peace Memorial Park
    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.
  • T Galleria Okinawa (Duty Free Shopping)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Omoromachi 4-1
    T Galleria is a duty-free shopping complex located in Naha City’s new downtown area, accessible from Omoromachi Station on the Okinawa Urban Monorail (Yuirail) line. It is the only place in Japan where visitors can enjoy duty-free shopping without needing to show their passports. T Galleria’s target customers are people who will be traveling from Naha Airport on domestic flights to other parts of Japan, and people with tickets for international flights. Duty-free goods can be purchased up to two hours before departure, and then collected at the Duty Free Shopping (DFS) counter in Naha Airport. Besides popular fashion and cosmetics brands, T Galleria also sells Okinawa souvenirs such as Awamori liquor and Chinsuko biscuits.
  • Nago Pineapple Park
    964 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.

    This is a unique experience. Go with an open mind and enjoy. Funky car ride , nice cafe to have a coffee and delicious cake. Large shop on exit to try lots of cake and Pineapple wine!!!! The indoor...

  • Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum
    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.
  • Naha Municipal Tsuboya Pottery Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Tsuboya 1-9-32
    This museum dedicated to the subject of Tsuboya ware and other Okinawan pottery (known as yachimun in the Okinawan language) is about a 10-minute walk from Makishi Station on the Okinawa Urban Monorail. It is located on Tsuboya Yachimun Street, which is lined with many Okinawan yachimun potteries. The museum's first floor provides exposition on the history of Tsuboya ware and the role it played in everyday life in Okinawa. The second floor presents characteristic works of Tsuboya ware as well as the production process. The museum also exhibits the works of potters including the Living National Treasure Jiro Kinjo.
  • Fukushu-en garden
    394 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    We walked toward downtown Naha from the cruise terminal, heading for Fukushuen Garden. For a 200 YEN entry fee you got to wander the grounds of a very serene and incredibly artistic garden with...

  • Shikina-en garden
    478 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.

    This is a garden with nice landscape (can take some nice shot here). The path is rocky and makes me wonder how people used to walk on these paths (so please bring your best walking shoes and prepare...

  • Naha City Traditional Arts and Crafts Center
    38 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 3-2-10 Sturgeon Naha 2F
    The Naha City Traditional Arts and Crafts Center is located on the second floor of the Tenbusu Naha Building on Kokusai Street, around four minutes’ walk from Makishi Station on the Okinawa Urban Monorail (Yuirail) line. The Center boasts an impressive selection of works by Living National Treasures and examples of Naha’s traditional handicrafts. Monitors display video footage which shows the creation processes for different items in an easy-to-understand way. Visitors can also try their hand at five traditional crafts—Ryukyuan glass-blowing, Ryukyuan Bingata dyed cloth-making, Shuri cloth-making, Tsuboya-ware making, and Ryukyuan lacquerware-making. Visitors can also purchase works by leading Ryukyuan handicraft designers.

    At the Naha City Traditional Craft Centre you can choose from a variety of craft experiences. Under the guidance of craftspeople I helped create a beautiful drinking glass - a beautiful souvenir of...

  • Furuzamami Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Shimajirigunzamamison Zamami
    The crescent-shaped Furuzamami Beach is the main beach on Zamami-jima Island. Famous as a breeding ground for sea turtles, the beautiful tropical fish and coral reefs have made this a popular place for snorkeling. The beach has beach huts, as well as toilets, lockers, and equipment rental, etc.
  • Tokashiku Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Shimajiriguntokashikison Tokashiki Watariyoshimi Sik
    Tokashiku Beach is one of the finest beaches on Tokashiki Island. This is a tranquil, crescent-shaped beach with a shelving bottom. The opportunity to swim with sea turtles makes this a popular place for snorkeling.
  • Aharen Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Shimajiriguntokashikison Aharen
    One of the finest beaches on Tokashiki Island, Aharen Beach is a beautiful curving beach with 800 meters of white sand extending from east to west. The beach is situated near a lively village full of shops and bed-and-breakfast places, which receives a lot of tourist visitors in the busy season. Many people come to Aharen Beach to enjoy water-sports. Rubber swimming rings, beach umbrellas and a wide range of other equipment are available for rental, and there are also toilets, showers and other facilities.
  • Eef Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Shimajirigunkumejimachou Janadou
    Eef Beach, which is the main beach on Kume-jima island, is a beautiful expanse of white sand extending for 2 kilometers. The beach has a gently shelving bottom with gentle waves, and has been selected for inclusion in “Japan’s Top 100 Best Beaches.” There are a number of resort hotels and restaurants nearby. During the busy season, Eef Beach is a popular spot for water-sports, and also receives many tourists who just want to relax on the beach.
  • Hateno Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Shimajirigunkumejimachou
    Hateno Beach is located on an uninhabited island off the east coast of Kume-jima Island; the island actually comprises three beaches—Maeno Beach, Nakano Beach, and Hateno Beach—but the name Hateno Beach is used to refer collectively to the whole island. Pure white sand and crystal-clear seas stretch out for as far as the eye can see; the beach has been described as the most beautiful in all of East Asia. Visitors can enjoy swimming and paddling by the beach, snorkeling, beachcombing, etc. Hateno Beach is about 20 minutes by boat from the Tomari Fisharina marina.
  • Sunayama Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Hirara
    Sunayama Beach is a beautiful natural beach that lies on the other side of a 10-meter-high white sand dune. There is a magnificent coral arch, created by weathering by the ocean winds over the years, that has been called a “natural work of art.” The waters off the beach are crystal clear, and the beach is very popular with both tourists and locals.
  • Yonaha Maehama Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Shimoji Yonaha 1199
    One of Miyako-jima Island’s best-known beaches, Yonaha Maehama Beach comprises 7 kilometers of pure-white sand; looking out to sea, visitors can see Kurima Bridge and Kurima Island in the distance. The water off the beach is crystal-clear, and contrasts beautifully with the coloration of the deeper water further out to sea. The beach is renowned for its fine grains of sand, and is the starting point for the Miyako-jima Triathlon. A comprehensive range of facilities are available, including showers and toilets.
  • Toguchi no Hama Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Irabu Irabu
    One of Irabu Island’s finest beaches, Toguchi Beach is a crescent-shaped beach that stretches for 800 meters, with a gently shelving bottom and natural sand-dunes. The fine-grained sand and crystal-clear water combine to make this a very popular beach. There are two entrances to the beach, on the west and east sides; each of these areas has its own unique appeal. There are a number of restaurants and shops near the beach; toilets and showers are available. Beach equipment such as beach umbrellas, beach chairs, rubber swimming rings, etc. can be rented.

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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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