Spots in Naha / Southern Okinawa Area

  • Yui Rail Museum
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    4.0
    4099 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Jack’s Steak House
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Nishi 1-7-3
    Located in Naha City, Jack’s Steak House is a long-established steak restaurant that opened in 1953, not long after the end of the Second World War. It offers delicious, high-quality steak at reasonable prices, and is popular with both tourists and locals. The interior, which is reminiscent of an American diner, still features the “A Sign” permit awarded to the restaurant during the American Occupation.
  • Okinawa World (Culture Kingdom / Gyokusendo Cave)
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    4.0
    1264 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Tamagusuku Maekawa 1336
    Visitors to this theme park, one of the largest in the prefecture, can fully experience the history, culture, and natural beauty of Okinawa. There, visitors can enjoy seeing the Gyokusendo, called the most beautiful limestone cave in the orient. They can also try their hand at traditional handcrafts at the Ryukyu Kingdom Castle Town, which is lined with old folk homes that are registered as national tangible cultural properties. Other attractions include the eisa dance performances and habu shows. The park also features a souvenir shop offering a wide range of souvenirs and even a craft beer brewery.

    Paid 1300 yen per adult to visit the caves and watched half an hour of the traditional cultural show. 850m of the cave are open to public and feature spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. The...

  • Sefa Utaki
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    4.0
    1035 Reviews
    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.

    It is nearby Cape Chinen Park which we whisked by from. The carpark is pretty near the ticket office to purchase admission tickets. Thankfully the staff at the ticket office briefed us on the way to...

  • Airport Restaurant
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    4.0
    1212 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Kagamizu 150 Naha Airport Building 1F
    The Airport Restaurant is located on the left-hand side of the first floor in the Arrivals building at Naha Airport. Although mainly intended for airport employees, non-employees are welcome to use the Restaurant, and many tourists eat there. Diners can enjoy classic Okinawa dishes such as Okinawa-style Soba Noodles, Chanpuru (a stir-fried dish), Champon (rice with fried vegetables, meat and eggs), etc. for very reasonable prices (around 600 yen).

    I had a transit flight for Ishigaki Island, I looked forward to trying this restaurant as I heard about positive feedback. Soki soba was good maybe because of super reasonable price. Other local...

  • Naminoue-gu Shrine
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    4.0
    765 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    10 minutes walk from central Naha, right next to a beautiful beach. This is a working shrine that is frequented by local people. We went to the New Years Eve ceremony !

  • 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
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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!

  • The Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters
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    4.5
    402 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Tomigusukushi Tomigusuku 236
    The Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters is an underground bunker complex constructed in 1944. There were around 450 meters of tunnels in total; the aim was to enable the defense of Okinawa to be carried on for as long as possible. The underground complex held a total of around 4,000 personnel; many lives were lost here. In 1970, 300 meters of the tunnels (including the command center) were restored, and opened to the public. There is a museum with a display of items recovered from the underground bunker complex, including weapons, uniforms, letters written to family members, etc.

    Best way to go about this museum is to start at the exhibition area where there were some artifacts and facts on the naval division and the war. Then, you will enter the tunnel down to where used to...

  • The Tower of Himeyuri / Himeyuri Peace Museum
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    4.5
    423 Reviews
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    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.

    As I was not brought up with this part of ww2 it is interesting to understand what happened here. This site is one of remembering the people who were helping the wounded in the war and were they...

  • Fukushu-en garden
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    4.0
    441 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    A fantastic location to viist.Easily combined with a visit to Naminoue (beach / Shrine) and other areas in central Naha. I love going there just to feed the fantastic, huge Koy Carp!

  • Senagajima Umikaji Terrace
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    4.0
    419 Reviews
    Shopping
    Okinawa Pref. Tomigusukushi Senaga 174-6
    This commercial facility is by the sea on the western side of Senaga Island 15 minutes by car from Naha Airport. The food consists mainly of Okinawan dishes, and there's also a craft shop with jewelry and other products for sale. There are 33 establishments in total offering everything from snorkeling to sea kayaking and more, not to mention “FM-Toyomi” satellite studios. Weekly events are held as well, and include the resort-music-focused “Music Night” and performances by street entertainers.

    Beautiful place to chill and enjoy watching planes taking off/landing in Naha airport. Beautiful clear blue skies and fluffy clouds with the sea and beach. Just lovely exploring this island which is...

  • Ryukyu Sabo Ashibiuna
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    4.5
    360 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Shuritounokurachou 2-13
    Ryukyu Sabo Ashibiuna is an Okinawan cuisine restaurant in a traditional Japanese house in Ryukyu architecture built more than 60 years ago. It stands on the site of the Misato Palace in the foothills of Shuri Castle. In the quiet and tasteful restaurant, you can enjoy traditional Okinawan cuisine including Okinawan soba noodles, rafute (stewed pork cubes), nigana (Ixeris dentata) and tofuyo (Okinawan fermented tofu). On veranda seating, you can enjoy your meal while admiring a beautiful meticulously maintained garden.

    With tables and benches in the outdoors surrounding a zen garden, the restaurant is an experience by itself aside from the food. We had the Goat Soup set which is as pungent as expected but otherwise...

  • Tamaudun Royal Mausoleum
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    4.0
    411 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Shurikinjouchou 1-3
    This is a mausoleum which was built in 1501 by King Sho Shin for the purpose of reburying the remains of his father, King Sho En, and thereafter successive generations from the dynasty were buried here. The grave chambers are divided into three rooms: the middle chamber is a room where remains are enshrined before the bones of the dead are cleansed, and the bones of the king and the queen are in the eastern chamber while the bones of other family members are buried in the western chamber. The whole mausoleum is a stone-built structure representing a palace with a shingle roof of that time, and the area of the cemetery is 2,442 square meters. It was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2000 as “Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu”.

    For some odd reason, the thing that struck me the most here was the older woman who was raking the dirt of footprints and leaves. I felt like she was still in the service of the kings, probably...

  • Cafe Curcuma
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    4.0
    357 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Nanjo Chinen Chinen 1190
    An Asian herb restaurant located in Kurukuma no Mori located close to Chinen Castle Ruins in Nanjo City, Okinawa Prefecture. Inside the cottage style restaurant, healing Asian music plays, and customers can enjoy a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean along with original curries featuring toppings like Okinawa Agu pork sausage, and spicy Thai style green curry. There are also Asian style spring rolls, tom yum goong, and other Asian dishes, plus original meals like garden salads made with grilled pork skewers and fresh herbs.

    Pitched on a high hill, the restaurant sells pricey Thai food with a fantastic view. If you are dining in, you have to sit indoors. Come just for the drinks and you get to sit on the veranda...

  • Pork Tamago Onigiri main branch
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    4.0
    323 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Matsuo 2-8-35
    This “pork egg rice ball” shop is located near the First Makishi Public Market. Pork egg rice balls are an Okinawan food made by combining pork lunch meat with a fried egg and rice and wrapping it all with seaweed. This shop’s offerings start with the basic “pork and egg” rice ball, with “Standard” orders allowing you to add an additional topping such as abura miso and others, and “Special” orders allowing you to customize it even further. You can also select your favorite varieties and purchase them as a set.

    Difficult to go wrong with spam and fried prawns. There was a place to order your onigiri and another place opposite where you can sit to eat. They make the onigiri on the spot upon ordering, and...

  • Tomarin
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    3.5
    375 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Maejima 3-chome 25-1
    This passenger terminal building complex is where ships stop that connect to the remote islands of Tokashiki, Zamami, Aguni, Tonaki, Kume, Minami-Daito and Kita-Daito. In addition to being able to purchase tickets to board a boat, it is a convenient location that has Okinawa restaurants, a café, convenience store, rental car agency and ATMs. There is also a hotel located in the building.

    I bought tickets to go to Kumejima Island on 8:30 the next day ( not the 14:00 trip). But they did not informed us about the cancel of that 8:30 trip until we got on the ferry and did not see it...

  • Mikado
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    4.0
    316 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Matsuyama 1-3-18
    This dining hall was founded in 1962 and is open 24 hours. It is famous as the origin of the “pork and eggs set,” which has become a standard of Okinawan cuisine. There's also goya chanpuru, Okinawa soba, and other home-style cooking with plenty of vegetables. The main draw is their katsudon (pork cutlet rice bowl). The sweet and savory sauce, soba soup stock, and braised pork is sure to whet your appetite.

    Great local cuisine; providing a range of dishes to tempt all cuisine styles inc vegetarians like me. Menues are in English and prices are very reasonable.

  • SAN-A Naha Main Place
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    4.0
    216 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Omoromachi 4-4-9
    This general shopping center is located in Naha City. Food, clothing, home appliances, household articles, and everything else you could need are available here. There’s also a movie theater, game center, and various other forms of entertainment. You can relax and have a meal in the restaurants and cafes, and there’s room for the whole family. The closest station is Omoromachi Station on the Okinawa Monorail (Yui Rail).

    I visited Okinawa for the first time and wanted to get some snacks. I was told San-A in Main Place is the biggest one. I ended up getting about 20 different kinds of candies. Then I also saw certain...

  • Valley of Gangala
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    4.0
    161 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Tamagusuku Maekawa 202
    Valley of Gangala is a subtropical forest that originated when a limestone cave collapsed hundreds of thousands of years ago. The valley occupies an area of about 47,995 square meters, and the distance to walk through the valley is about one kilometers. You can experience an ancient natural environment in the valley where there are large trees called “Giant (Ufushu) Gajumaru trees” known as the wise men of the forest as well as the Inagu Cave and the Ikiga Cave. A full-time guide accompanies tours through the valley in order to protect the abundant nature which is highly valuable to both archaeology and folklore science. The time required to take the tour is about one hour 20 minutes.

    The most unique thing about this cafe is the setting. Beware of the drippings from the stalactites! The cafe serves coffee and drinks only.

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