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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Busena Marine Park
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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).

    Busena Marine Park is in a beautiful location by the sea. The two main activities are taking a glass-bottom boat to look at the tropical fish and walking down an underwater tower to look out through...

  • Tamatorusaki Observation Deck
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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.
  • Michi no Eki Kyoda (Yanbaru Bussan Center)
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    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Kyoda 17-1
    Michi no Eki Kyoda is a roadside rest and shopping facility in Nago City on National Highway 58. It sells fresh fruit and vegetables delivered directly to the Center by local farmers, as well as local specialty products and souvenir gifts. There is a food court and food stalls, with a comprehensive range of delicious Okinawan dishes available to eat. Michi no Eki Kyoda also has a comprehensive range of other facilities, including a highway information counter, rest lounge, and nap room.

    Cool place to stop before you get to Nago. Kinda expensive. Easy to get lost in I would stick together if traveling as a group.

  • Warumi Bridge
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunnakijinson Amesoko
    This 315-meter-long arch bridge connects the main island of Okinawa with Yagaji Island. It is convenient for accessing Kouri Island from the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and other attractions in the northern part of the main island. You can gaze down at the Warumi Strait as you cross, and use of the bridge is free.
  • 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.
  • Sesoko Bridge
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunmotobuchou Sesoko
    This 762-meter bridge connects Sesokoshima Island and the main island. The sight of the white bridge between the blue sky and emerald green sea is breathtaking. The drive is pleasant, but walking is especially recommended, since you can take in the expanding sea and the various fish swimming about.
  • 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.
  • Ikei Ohashi Bridge
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    Okinawa Pref. Urumashi Yonashiroikei
    Ikei Ohashi Bridge opened in 1982 and is immediately recognizable for its distinctive red arch. The 4.75-kilometer-long Mid-Sea Route, a popular driving route that runs across the sea, connects to three small islands from Okinawa’s main island. And adorning the final stretch is the gorgeous Ikei Ohashi Bridge linking to Ikei Island, the most outlying island. Enjoy your drive above the picturesque sea.
  • Hamahiga Ohashi Bridge
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    Okinawa Pref. Urumashi Katsurenhama Higa
    This 1,430-meter-long bridge runs straight between Henza Island and Hamahiga Island. The crystal clear sea stretching toward the horizon is quite a sight to behold, so we recommend crossing on foot.
  • 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.
  • Yagaji Bridge
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    Okinawa Prefecture
    Linking Yagaji-shima (Yagaji Island) with Ou-jima (Ou Island), Yagaji Bridge is 300 meters long. There is a pedestrian walkway on the bridge, so visitors can enjoy impressive views of the sea, which is still relatively shallow quite a long way out from the shore.
  • 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.
  • Waji Observation Deck
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunieson Higashieue Near 3674
    Waji Observation Deck is an observatory tower known as a scenic landmark in “Waji” which is well-known as a valuable water source on Ie Island. You can enjoy a panoramic view of splendid scenery created by the beautiful blue ocean and precipitous cliff over 60 meters high as well as spring water flowing into sea. Thanks to the pure air, you can glaze at a sky full of stars on nights following clear days.
  • Koza Gate Street
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    Okinawa Pref. Okinawashi Uechi 4-chome
    Koza Gate Street is an exotic shopping street which starts from the gate for a US military base. There is a range of shops owned by foreigners, and you can enjoy feeling as if you are walking in a foreign country. As there are many stylish signboards, it is also popular as a film location. It features a lot of variety shops as well as restaurants, and you may find rare items which are not handled in Japan.
  • Kouri Ocean Tower
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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.

    Once going up to the ocean tower, via automated cart, you can snap beautiful pictures of the Kouri bridge. At the observatory deck, you could also fantastic view of the bridge and ocean.

  • 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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