Other Sightseeing Spots in Okinawa Area

  • Tamatorusaki Observation Deck
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    4.5
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    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Ibaruma
    The Tamatorusaki Observation Deck offers wonderful views over the seas off Ishigaki Island. Directly in front is the emerald-green waters of Ibaruma Bay; on the left one can see the Hirakubo Peninsula (known colloquially as the “Shisa (Lion-Dog) Tail”). Hibiscus, Sago Palm and Screw Pine bloom along the side of the path that leads from the car park up to the Observation Deck, allowing visitors to enjoy a relaxing stroll with a “tropical” atmosphere.

    There are amazing views in this well maintained observatory. There are a variety of viewing platforms and more paths than we had time to take. There are bathrooms and vending machines.

  • Busena Marine Park
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    4.0
    567 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Kise 1744-1
    Busena Marine Park is located at Cape Busena, near Nago City. An underwater observatory has been built in the waters off the cape, providing a 360-degree view of the beautifully colored fish through 24 underwater windows. Glass-bottomed boats depart from the pier near the observatory, enabling visitors to “stroll” through the ocean. Please note that there is an admission charge for the observatory, and there is also a charge for the trips in the glass-bottomed boats (packages combining the two activities at a specially reduced price are available).

    We visited the Busena Marine Park in the early afternoon. The weather was just perfect. We purchased a combined ticket for the observatory tower and the glass bottomed ship. We paid 5,250 yens for 2...

  • Kouri Ocean Tower
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    590 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunnakijinson Kouri 538
    Kouri Ocean Tower on Kouri Island is situated in the sea north of the Motobu Peninsula. From the observatory tower at 82 meters above sea level, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Kouri Bridge and the beautiful blue ocean. Because you ride on a cart to the tower, you can relax while enjoying the sea breeze. You can take photos with the picturesque scenery in the background while you enjoy the lush subtropical garden. In the tower, as many as 10,000 shells including heart-shaped shells and colorful ones are exhibited. There is a restaurant where you can enjoy your meal while gazing at sea as well as a shop where a unique sweet only available in Kouri Island is sold directly from the factory.

    Loved the driverless car experience that kids can get to “drive” a car that will take you up from the entrance to the main tower area. It’s part of the ticket and is actually cheap for this kind of...

  • Fukushu-en garden
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    4.0
    458 Reviews
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    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.

    Cute gardens, small entry fee, paid parking near by, you can even walk under the waterfall. Pretty and quiet, very easy to walk around, not very large gardens in Naha, Couple of vending machines...

  • Hennasaki Lighthouse
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    311 Reviews
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    Okinawa Miyakojima-shi Gusukubecho Bora 1221-14

    Came here as part of a coach tour Its a typical lighthouse, good views of the area. Ticket seller sang a little song accompanied by a shamizen which was unusual.

  • Kokusai-dori Street
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    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.
  • Takatsukiyama Lookout
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    Okinawa Shimajiri-gun Zamamison Zamami
    "An observation deck located in Zamami, Zamami Village, Shimajiri County. Two observation decks and a walking trail have been built on the mountain adjacent to the hamlet. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the Kerama Islands, which have been designated a national park, and surrounding seas, which are an exquisite color known as ""Kerama blue."""

    Amazing view! A must-see in Zamami. Walking there from town is a super nice walk. If you’re too lazy, you can drive there ;)

  • Kouriohashi Bridge
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunnakijinson Kouri
    Kouriohashi Bridge is a 1,960 meter-long bridge that links Kouri-shima (Kouri Island) with Yagaji-shima (Yagaji Island). Since the Bridge opened in 2005, it has become a very popular place to enjoy an exciting drive in which you seem almost to be driving across the sea itself. Driving over the bridge really is a very pleasant experience, as you get superb views of the emerald green ocean and can feel the sea breeze.
  • Kaichu Road
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    Okinawa Pref. Urumashi Yonashiroyahira
    Kaichu Road (“The Road in the Middle of the Sea”) is a public (non-toll) road in Uruma City. Extending across the sea for approximately 5.2 kilometers from the Katsuren Peninsula to Henza Island, it is a very popular choice for an enjoyable drive; with the sea stretching away on both sides of the bridge, the views are magnificent. Halfway along the road there is the “Ayahashi” rest station, which sells local specialties and other souvenir gifts.
  • Irabu-ohashi Bridge
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    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Hirara Kugai
    Irabu-ohashi Bridge has been connecting Miyako Island and Irabu Island since January 31, 2015. It was finally completed 40 years after the island requested it. It is 3,540 meters in length, and the toll is free, making it the longest toll-free bridge in Japan. It also offers a splendid view of the sea around Miyako Island, which is known as a diving spot.
  • Tsuboya Yachimun Street
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    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.
  • Hirakubozaki Lighthouse
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    Okinawa Ishigaki-shi
  • Yugurena Mall
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    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Okawa 208
    Ishigaki Island’s Yugurena Mall is a bustling location with over 100 shops available, including pubs and souvenir stores. There are stores that offer fresh fish and dressed meat, as well as the Ishigaki City Public Market on the third floor, which contains a dining hall. With several shops offering general goods, accessories, and local goods, this is a great place to go hunting for souvenirs and eat while taking a leisurely stroll.
  • Cape Zanpa Lighthouse
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    Okinawa Pref. Nakagamigunyomitanson Uza Hagiwara 1933
    This lighthouse is located in a scenic area where cliffs of an elevated coral reef rise to heights of 30 to 40 meters and stretches for two kilometers. It is on Cape Zanpa that juts out into the East China Sea nearly in the center of Okinawa’s main island. It is also the place where the disastrous battle on Okinawa began, when the US military used the cape as a marker for their fierce assault on April 1, 1945.
  • Nirai Kanai Bridge
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    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Chinen Chinen
    This 1,200-meter bridge leads from Prefectural Road 86 to National Route 331. The name “Nirai Kanai” refers to the utopia beyond the horizon where the gods reside. The beautiful curve of the bridge makes it appear as if it’s floating in mid-air, and at its highest point is an observation deck above the tunnel that offers a spectacular view. The sight of the cobalt blue sea sparkling beneath the sun is sure to enchant you.
  • Kaichu Doro (Sea Road) Road Park
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    Okinawa Pref. Urumashi Yonashiroyahira
    This park is located on an underwater road connecting the main island of Okinawa and Henza Island. The park is united with the beach area and feels like a resort. It is located just beyond the Henza Kaichu Ohashi Bridge, and there are also benches facing the sea. You can relax while watching people hang gliding and motorboating on sunny days.
  • Makiyama Observation Deck
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    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Irabu Ikemazoe
    The symbol of Irabu Island, this observatory modeled after the sashiba (grey-faced buzzard) is located at the highest point on the island and is where you can see Miyako Island, Kurima Island and Ikema Island. The beautiful view of the sea and the blue sky is wonderful, and it is an indispensable place for sightseeing on Irabu Island. In addition, there is a promenade at the foot of the observatory, and you can enjoy walking in the middle of the subtropical virgin forest.
  • Ikema Ohashi Bridge
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    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Hirara
    The Ikema Ohashi Bridge is a 1,425-meter-long bridge connecting Miyako Island and Ikema Island. It had a total construction cost of 9.9 billion yen and opened in February 1992. The bridge is popular as the perfect driving course due to it running over very clear emerald green seas. It is approximately 35 minutes by car from Miyako Airport.
  • Ryugujo Observation Deck
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    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Shimoji Kurima
    This observation deck shaped like Ryugu Castle is located on a hill on Kurima Island. It has three floors, and you can see the beautiful sea right before you, Maehama Beach with its white sands on the other side, Kurima Bridge and Irabu Island. The sand and coral gradations are wonderful, and especially the color of the morning sea is something you must see.
  • Okinawa Rail Observation Deck
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    Okinawa Kunigami-gun Kunigamison Hedo
    An observation deck located in Kunigami Village. Standing on top of a mountain, the observatory is shaped like a giant, 11.5-meter-tall Okinawa rail, and visitors can enjoy a vast view of Usa Beach, Cape Hedo, and the surrounding area. Realistically modeled after an Okinawa rail, visitors can look out of viewing windows in the statue's torso and chest to get an even better view. The statue looks in the direction of the island of Yoronto. There is a walking path near the observation deck perfect for taking a stroll and enjoying the area's picturesque scenery.

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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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