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Shrine Spots in Okinawa Area

  • Okinawa Gokoku Shrine
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Ounoyamachou 44
    This shrine is dedicated to the souls of Okinawan soldiers who sacrificed themselves from Sino-Japanese War, Russo-Japanese War and the Pacific War, the civilians who died in the battle for Okinawa, and mainland Japanese. Besides various ceremonies to commemorate them, prayers and dispatch services can also be requested.

    Within park area, this shrine on top of a hill, offers some respite from the heat and good views from the top. There’s few memorials commemorating locals perished during the Second World War. Good to...

  • Naminoue-gu Shrine
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Wakasa 1-25-11
    This temple located on a cliff edge above the waves has a long history. Naha Port was a base for trade with China, Southeast Asia, Korea and ancient Japan long ago, and it is said that shipping leaving the port would pray for a safe voyage, and shipping entering the port would give thanks for their safety. Various events such as the Shinkosai, Okinawan sumo tournaments, Ryukyu dancing and Enbu Taikai tournaments are held during and around the annual festival on May 17.

    Wanted to walk. This shrine was close to the Hilton Doubletree. People put prayers on pieces of paper. I stopped by while a service was going on. No entrance fee, just walk up the steps.

  • Daito Shrine
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    Okinawa Shimajiri-gun Minamidaitoson Ikenosawa

Okinawa Main Areas

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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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