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  • Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum
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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.
  • Naha Municipal Tsuboya Pottery Museum
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    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.
  • Yaeyama Museum
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    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Tonoshiro Norihide 4-1
    Located in Ishigaki City, Yaeyama Museum showcases the history and culture of Ishigaki Island and the Yaeyama Islands as a whole. There are displays of Yaeyama textiles, ceramics and other handicrafts, as well as traditional household goods, agricultural implements, fishing equipment, and other important historical materials relating to the islands.
  • Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center
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    Okinawa Pref. Yaeyamaguntaketomichou Komi
    Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center is dedicated to the conservation of the Iriomote Cat and other species of animals and plants on Iriomote Island that are in danger of extinction. The Center has displays on the nature and wildlife of Iriomote, including panels that explain the habitat and reproductive status of the Iriomote Cat and the measures that are being taken to protect it. There are stuffed specimens of the Iriomote Cat, other animals that live on the island, and resident and migratory birds. All of the profits from the Iriomote Cat-related products sold at the Center are donated to the Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Fund.
  • Yui Rail Museum
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    3.0
    29 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.

    入場無料の施設ですが訪れる人はほとんどいません。 しかし二階の国鉄時代の展示物は見応えがあります。 個人のコレクターが寄付をした者です。

  • Kume Island Sea Turtle Museum
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    4.0
    108 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Shimajirigunkumejimachou Oku 170
    The Kume Island sea turtle building is a museum and display facility dedicated to sea turtles, which is located on Oujima Island in Kumejima District. The facility breeds sea turtles (which are on the verge of extinction); visitors can get a close view of sea turtles swimming about in large tanks; and there are display panels and videos providing information about their natural habitat; the facility also holds occasional special events when visitors can have the opportunity to handle turtles themselves. The facility also has displays of over 2,000 shells from different shellfish found in Kume Island.

    The sea turtle museum of kumejima os a small but nice attraction of the island. Nice pools of differents types of turtles, however not really foreigner-friendly with no English subtitles. Good...

  • Kumejima Museum
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Shimajirigunkumejimachou Kadekaru 542
    The Kumejima Museum is located in Kadekaru, Kume-jima cho near Municipal Kumejima Hospital. The Museum has displays about Kume-jima’s natural heritage and history - focusing on the four main themes of “Kume-jima’s Natural Heritage,” “How Kumi-jima has Changed Over Time,” “Kume-jima’s Historical Treasures,” and “The Island Way of Life”—so visitors can learn about the Island before they travel round it. A tablet PC digital guide system has been introduced for the permanent exhibitions, so that visitors can listen to explanations of the exhibits in English.

    久米島についての小さな博物館です。 久米島の成り立ちから始まり、自然、歴史、文化などが展示されています。 建物自体は比較的きれいです。 入場料200円と安いので、時間があれば立ち寄ってもいいかと思います。

  • The Okinawa Peace Hall
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Mabuni 448-2
    The Okinawa Peace Hall is a monument rising up 45 meters in the Peace Memorial Park. Okinawa became an arena for the ground war at the end of World War II and the site of a hard-fought battle which cost as many as 200,000 military and civilian lives. With the belief that the tragedy should never be repeated, Okinawa Peace Hall was built in 1978 to appeal to the world about the nobility of peace. The heptahedron shape represents the seven seas and hands joining together.

    Our first plan was to go to peace museum which is located at the same park with the hall. And without realizing, we paid 450¥ for entrance (compare with huge museum for 300¥) . Peace memorial hall is...

  • Kumejima Hotaru no Sato Natural Park Kumejima Firefly Pavilion
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    Ohda 420 in Kumejima cho, Okinawa Prefecture
    Kumejima Hotaru no Sato Natural Park Kumejima Firefly Pavilion located along the lower Urauchi River is a protective observation facility for firefly and opened in May 2000. It breeds fireflies including the Kumejima firefly, a Natural Monument and one of Japan’s rare fauna and flora, and creatures such as birds, insects and fish related to fireflies. Inside the facility, the exhibits include pictures, specimens and documents, so you can learn about the diversity of animals, particularly fireflies, as well as nature and the environment on Kume Island.
  • Miyakojima Kaihoukan
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    3.5
    36 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Gusukube Bora 591-1
    Miyakojima Kaihoukan located in Gusukube, Miyakojima City exhibits a lot of shells which are collected from all over Japan. It is a place with a feeling of great spaciousness where you can enjoy panoramic views of Boraga Beach to Higashihennazaki right in front of your eyes. It is the main facility in an entertainment area where you can play, eat and experience going to neighboring sightseeing attractions or enjoying with marine leisure activities for a whole day. There is a restaurant where you can enjoy your meal while gazing at the sea. Taco rice that uses a giant clam as a plate is popular. There is also a shopping center which you can buy souvenirs of Miyako Island.

    貝、貝、貝のオンパレードな博物館です(笑)途中から、少し貝に飽きてきますが、この、博物館を作った方々の熱意が伝わってくる博物館です。館内の方々に質問するととても親切におしえてくれます。売店の方も、とても優しく色々とサービスをしてくださいました。

  • Okinawa Prefectural Museum
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    Okinawa Naha-shi Omoromachi 3-chome 1-1
  • Okinawa Municipal Historical museum
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    Okinawa Okinawa-shi Uechi 2-chome 19-6
  • Ginoza Village Museum
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    Okinawa Kunigami-gun Ginozason Ginoza 232
  • Motobu Municipal Museum
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    Okinawa Kunigami-gun Motobucho Ohama 874-1
  • Ginowan Municipal Museum
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    Okinawa Ginowan-shi Mashiki 1-chome 25-1
  • Onnason Museum
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    Okinawa Kunigami-gun Onnason Nakadomari 1656-8
  • Wonder Museum
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    Okinawa Pref. Okinawashi Goya 5-chome 7-1
  • Oceanic Culture Museum
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigami County Motobu Town Ishikawa424
  • Nahashimakishi Sta. Maehoshizora Public Hall
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    Okinawa Pref. Naha City Asato2-1
  • Okinawa Denshobanashishiryo Ctr
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    Okinawa Pref. Ginowanshi Ganeko 2-chome 4-15

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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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