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  • Kokusai-dori Street
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa ken Naha city
    Kokusai-dori Street located in the center of Naha City is the face of Okinawan tourism. It has accomplished significant growth from the burnt ruins after World War II, so the street of about 1.6 kilometers is also called “The Miracle Mile”. It is lined with restaurants and souvenir shops so you are guaranteed to definitely find an Okinawan souvenir if you visit. There are also entertainment facilities such as Yoshimoto Okinawa Kagetsu. It becomes a pedestrian parade from 12 noon to 6 p.m. every Sunday and there is no access for regular vehicles. A variety of events such as mini live concerts and street performances are held.
  • Shuri Castle
    4627 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Shuritounokurachou 3-1
    Shuri Castle is a former residence of the kings of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It was burnt and lost at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945 but restored in 1992 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan. In 2000, it was registered as a World Heritage Site as one of the Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu. It is located on top of a hill and is famous as a picturesque place as you can enjoy a panoramic view of Naha City. As it is illuminated in the evening, you can enjoy a magical Shuri Castle which is different from during the daytime.

    I took my public transportation there. As a tip the castle is situated on top of a hill. We took a taxi there but walked down hill to Gibo station after the visit. A climb uphill would have been very...

  • Kouri Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunnakijinson Kouri
    Kouri Island is located north of the main island of Okinawa, Yagaji Island. It is surrounded by emerald green seas, with a circumference of about eight kilometers. In 2005, the Kouri Bridge opened to connect the island with Yagaji Island, becoming a remote island that could now be reached by car from the main island. There are old houses and fields of sugar cane on the island, and the original Okinawan landscape remains remarkably unchanged. From ancient times, it has been given the names, “Love Island” and “God’s Island”, so there are also a lot of couples who visit this island.
  • The Tower of Himeyuri / Himeyuri Peace Museum
    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.
  • Sefa Utaki
    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.
  • Miyako Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi
    Miyako Island is located about 300 kilometers southwest of the main island of Okinawa. It has picturesque scenery such as the cape of Higashi-hennazaki and the Ikema Ohashi Bridge and its contrast of the cobalt blue seas and the white sandy beaches is beautiful. Also, in the northern district of Miyako Island is “Yabiji”, which is regarded as Japan’s largest coral reef community, and is popular as a diving and a snorkeling spot.
  • Ishigaki Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture
    It is the third largest island in Okinawa Prefecture, after the main island of Okinawa and Iriomote Island. Ishigaki Island is the economic, tourism and transportation center of the Yaeyama Islands, and departures to travel around the remote islands are from Ishigaki Island. There are many souvenir shops and restaurants in the town areas, on the one hand, you will also be able to experience Okinawan culture while in the suburbs as you can enjoy many types of subtropical trees, cobalt blue seas and white sandy beaches.
  • Cape Manzamo
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunonnason Onna
    It is a popular scenic spot which is representative of Okinawa Prefecture, which is located in Onna Village, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture. It is famous for having rocks on the coastal cliffs which closely resemble an elephant’s trunk, with the whole surface of the clear blue sea stretching out down below. The highly transparent sea is breathtakingly beautiful and is so transparent that you can even see the rocks in the sea, but be careful as there are a few places which don’t have a fence.
  • Cape Hedo
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunkunigamison Hedo
    Located at the northernmost tip of Okinawa, it is made up of cliffs of coral. On sunny days it is a picturesque spot where you will be able to command a view of Yoron Island. In 1972 during the Showa period, on the occasion of the return of Okinawa to the Japanese, a monument “sokoku fukki tousou ishibumi” (Return to Motherland conflict monument) was built. Located on the northern side of the cape Hedo dome is a limestone cave in the sea which is said to have formed approximately 20,000 years ago. It is known as a great diving spot.
  • Tsuboya Yachimun Street
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Tsuboya
    Tsuboya Yachimun Street is located near Kokusai dori Street. In the Okinawan dialect, “Yachimun” refers to pottery. It is said that about 330 years ago, the Ryukyu King gathered potters to Tsuboya in Naha from various places and this was the beginnings of Tsuboya pottery. Strong traces of the past linger on this road with its stone paving, stone walls and its buildings with red tile roofs, potters with inherited techniques, from Yachimun pottery and Okinawan lion statue stores and restaurants standing side by side in a row.
  • 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.
  • 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...

  • Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum
    89 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Mabuni 614-1
    The Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum is located within the Peace Memorial Park. It was established with the aim of commemorating all those who died during the Battle of Okinawa, of teaching new generations about the horror of war and the importance of peace, and of contributing to the achievement of perpetual world peace. The Museum’s permanent exhibitions feature photographs of the Battle of Okinawa and related artifacts and materials, as well as the recollections of people who experienced the Battle (including video testimony).

    Aussie visiting with my Japanese family, my brother-in-law drove a hire car to this Park and Memorial and parked in the nearby parking area. We visited during a lull in a typhoon and managed to get...

  • Yagaji Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Nago, Okinawa Prefecture
    Yagaji Island is located north of the main island of Okinawa, and it is an island floating on the Haneji inland sea. The area is about eight square kilometers. The east side of the main island of Okinawa is connected by the Yagaji Bridge, Ojima Island and the Haneji O Bridge, while the west of the main island of Okinawa is connected by the Warumi Bridge and Kouri Island is connected to Yagaji Island by the Kouri Bridge. In the tidal flatlands, migratory birds flying in and there are black mangroves (mangrove plants) which grow in excess of 10 meters in height. In 1976 during the Showa period, the entire island was designated as a national wildlife sanctuary.
  • Aka Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Shimajirigunzamamison Aka
    Aka Island is part of the Kerama Islands group. It belongs to Zamami in Shimajiri District, Okinawa Prefecture. It is the setting of the movie “Marilyn ni aitai” (“I want to meet Marilyn”) based on the true story of a male dog Shiro who swam across the sea to meet a female dog Marilyn who was in Zamami Island on the other side. On the island, there is also a statue of Shiro. The island is connected to Geruma Island by way of the Aka Bridge and is connected with Fukaji Island by way of Geruma Bridge, so therefore it is possible to reach the island by car or by bicycle.
  • Zamami Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Prefecture Shimajiri-gun Zamami-son
    Zamami Island is an island located 40 kilometers west of Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture. It is the main island of the village of Zamami in the Kerama Islands group. The contrast between the pure white coral sands and the emerald green seas is wonderful, with divers from all over the world gathering here. The rich coral reefs became a registered area of the Ramsar Convention in 2005 as an area of ocean that nurtures living things. Since then, the area of ocean meeting the registration requirements increased during 2015 and the actual registered area expanded. Also, the sandy beaches are also spawning grounds for sea turtles and in the winter a pod of humpback whales come to give birth and raise their young. It is a beautiful island where you can experience nature.
  • Zamami Island Whale Watching Association
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Shimajirigunzamamison Zamami Site 1 (Zamami Island)
    Every year from December through into April, humpback whales and several other species of whales come back to the waters off Zamami Island to breed and raise their young. During this period, whale-watching trips are available to view the whales. *Tours may be cancelled on days when the weather is too bad to see the whales, or when no whales have been reported. *As these trips are very popular, it may not be possible to book a trip for the same day; advance booking is recommended.


  • Tokashiki Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Prefecture Tokashiki-son, Shimajiri-gun
    Tokashiki Island is located 30 kilometers west of Naha City. The island has some of the clearest seas in the world, and it is known as “Kerama Blue”. There are beautiful beaches such as Aharen Beach and Tokashiku Beach. Marine sports such as snorkeling and diving are popular. During the winter season, you can also see the appearance of humpback whales.
  • Kume Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Shimajirigunkumejimachou
    Situated approximately 100 kilometers west of Naha, the island is located in the most westerly position of the Okinawan archipelago. Since the Ryukyu dynastic period, it was also called “Kumi island” due to its beauty. Such as the reef “Hateno beach”, the pure white sands made from coral and the beauty of the cobalt blue sea—It is said to be the most beautiful in the Orient. On the other hand, this is also an ideal diving spot where you can encounter humpback whales, whale sharks, dolphins, etc. There are a number of strong Okinawan liquors (Awamori) distilled from rice or millet from Kume Island and these are also very popular among strong Okinawan liquors. In 1983 in the Showa period, almost all of the island was designated as a prefectural natural park.

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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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