Culture / Tour 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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."
  • Miyakojima Marine Park
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    3.5
    223 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Hirara Karimata 2511-1
    This latest popular spot on Miyakojima Island is where you can interact with rich marine resources. It is possible to observe and experience the underwater world wearing ordinary clothes in different ways every day with the changes in weather and ocean conditions. You can gain new discoveries and lessons by coming into contact with the current ocean world. The centerpiece ocean observation facility is spacious, and you can see colorful tropical fish, octopuses and sea snakes from the 24 windows that are 1.5 meters high, 50 centimeters wide and 12 centimeters thick.

    Activities and costumes were fun. Fish were scant. Saw more in the lobby of the park. Atmosphere like the photo. Idea fascinating but unless youre going to snorkel, this was a good alternative...

  • Naha Municipal Tsuboya Pottery Museum
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    4.0
    151 Reviews
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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.

    Lovely street with arts and crafts where I didnt find at Yomitan village. There are some really unique pieces.

  • Kume Island Sea Turtle Museum
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    4.0
    126 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.

    I personally prefer to see turtles in the ocean but I was nearby so I figured I’d check it out. Entry was only 300 JPY, which is good value. There were some turtles in very small pools which I was...

  • Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory
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    4.0
    110 Reviews
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    Okinawa Ishigaki-shi Arakawa 1024-1
    "This astronomical observatory is equipped with the 105 cm ""Murikabushi Boenkyo,"" the largest optical and infrared reflector telescope in Kyushu and Okinawa. It was established in 2006 on the peak of Mt. Maesedake, the highest spot on Ishigaki Island. Its location on Ishigaki Island allows the observation of many stars that cannot be seen on Japan's main island. It is also said that more stars can be observed here than anywhere else in Japan. The facility, which is open to the public, conducts observational research on solar system celestial bodies and transient astronomical events. It also actively holds stargazing parties and other events including free 4D2U viewings."

    My wife and I made the trip to the astrological observatory and it was definitely worth it! For someone who enjoys driving, the touge road up to the observatory is one way so no risk of meeting on...

  • Kuroshima Research Station
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    4.0
    105 Reviews
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    Okinawa Yaeyama-gun Taketomicho Kuroshima 136
    This research station is located in Kuroshima, Taketomi town, Yaeyama County. They research plant and animal life on Kuroshima Island, particularly the sea turtles who visit to lay eggs. Equipped with biological raising rooms and material display rooms, they have exhibits with living sea turtles, coconut crab, and habu snakes, as well as material exhibits with coral specimens, and fragments of H2A rockets which drifted ashore to Kuroshima Island from Tanegashima Island.

    Its one of the best aquariums Ive visited. I spent here more than 1,5 hour and absolutely didn t get bored. There are many species of sharks, turtles and various exotic fishes in open aquariums...

  • Naha City Historical Museum
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    3.5
    84 Reviews
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    Okinawa Naha-shi Kumoji 1-1-1 Palette Kumoji 4F
    "This museum is located within ""RYUBO Department Store,"" in front of Kencho-mae Station, along Kokusai-dori Avenue in Kumoji 1-Chome, Naha City. It displays materials stored by Naha City, primarily materials related to the Sho family, the royal family of Ryukyu Kingdom, but also historical materials and works of art related to Ryukyu as it built its own unique culture while trading with China and Japan. You can experience Ryukyuan (also known as Okinawan) history and culture through temporary exhibits and special exhibits centered on various themes."

    ...on a long day of sightseeing was kinda disappointing. Just a few screens and displays with little to none English descriptions. Thank God it was only ¥350 so I didnt feel cheated that much. I...

  • Yaeyama Museum
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    3.5
    69 Reviews
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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.

    This compact museum packs a lot into one large room and covers the Yaeyama islands history from prehistory through the Ryukyu kingdom to Japanese rule. It contains mainly artefacts of everyday life...

  • Miyakojima City Museum
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    4.0
    47 Reviews
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    Okinawa Miyakojima-shi Hirara Higashinakasonezoe 1166-287
    This museum is located south of Miyakojima Botanical Garden about a 15-minute drive from Hirara Port or about a 20-minute drive from Miyako Airport. It is notable for featuring in-depth exhibits about the nature, history, folk customs, and culture of Miyako Island. The museum is divided into two exhibit halls: the No. 1 and No. 2 exhibit hall. The No. 1 exhibit hall, which is focused on archaeology and history, presents information on archaeological sites that have been excavated such as the Hokama Site. It also features a recreation of life on Miyako Island from the Meiji period to the early Showa period. The museum also holds regular themed exhibits and special exhibits as well as hands-on educational activities for children, lectures, and other events.

    Most of the attractions are in Japanese which is weird since this is advertised as a Joint Okinawa-American museum. Still the things you can see are great. We figured most of it out and we where...

  • Urasoe Art Museum
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    3.5
    37 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Urasoeshi Nakama 1-9-2
    A 20-minute drive from the center of Naha City. Established in 1990, this was Japan's first museum dedicated to lacquerware art and was also the first public museum in Okinawa. The exterior of the museum is designed in a mixture of national styles recalling Southeast Asian and European influences. The museum's five standing exhibition rooms are split between two periods - early and latter - and contain 60 examples of Ryukyuan lacquerware. There are also examples of lacquerware from the Japanese mainland, China, and Southeast Asia split between the two periods. Additionally, the museum holds painting, photo, and other art exhibitions several times a year in its three special exhibition rooms.

    Many tourists to Okinawa may be reminded for the first time, by visiting Shuri Castle, that Ryukyu was the name of old kingdom in Okinawa, and Shuri was its capital. The castle is, however, a modern...

  • Miyakojima Kaihoukan
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    3.5
    40 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.

    貝の展示数の多さは予想以上でびっくりしました。興味のある方は楽しめるでしょう。動く展示がほとんどないので、子供は退屈するかもしれません。

  • Sakima Art Museum
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Ginowanshi Uehara 358
    This art museum collections dealing with life and death, suffering and salvation, and humanity and war. The building was built with Okinawa in mind, with the ancestral tomb of the museum director Michio Sakima located in the garden like a turtleback tomb, and the stairs to the roof in line with the setting sun on June 23 (Okinawa Memorial Day). The collections include works by Iri Maruki, Toshi Maruki and Käthe Kollwitz, and in addition to the permanent exhibition “Picture of the Battle of Okinawa,” there are also special exhibitions.

    The artworks had reflected the darkness and cruelness that the war brought to the people. It made us think a lot and discuss a lot, trying to understand why the people still protesting nowadays

  • Kumejima Museum
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    3.5
    22 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.

    島の自然、歴史、文化を紹介する小さな博物館です。 かつての名称は自然文化センター、島内観光出発前に立ち寄るべし。 入館料200円、月曜休館。

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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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