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Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Naha / Southern Okinawa Area

  • Okinawa World (Culture Kingdom / Gyokusendo Cave)
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    4.0
    1241 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.

    First stop at Okinawa World is the cave, which takes around 30 min to walk through. Along the way you will see fascinating stalagmite and stalagtite formations, an underground river with a few small...

  • SAN-A Naha Main Place
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    4.0
    240 Reviews
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    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...

  • Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum
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    4.0
    675 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.

    Very impressed of architectural. Massive mass and incline form with perforated pattern. Exhibitions are quite interesting. Inside is really huge, could not believe we took nearly 3 hours to explore...

  • Naha Municipal Tsuboya Pottery Museum
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    4.0
    144 Reviews
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    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.

    Lovely street with arts and crafts where I didnt find at Yomitan village. There are some really unique pieces.

  • Fukushu-en garden
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    4.0
    434 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.

    ...in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Naha. This place gives you a waterfall in the middle of a city. I especially enjoyed going inside the rock structure to view the falling water from the...

  • Shikina-en garden
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    4.0
    512 Reviews
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    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.

    This park-like setting is a truly outstanding look at how ancient royals lived. It is maintained in impeccable condition and is very peaceful and pleasant. The main residence is re-created in an...

  • Naha City Traditional Arts and Crafts Center
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    3.5
    46 Reviews
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    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...

  • Peace Memorial Park
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    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Mabuni 444
    Straddling the boundary between Itoman City and Yaese Town, Shimajiri District, the Peace Memorial Park is a Quasi-National Park that includes beautiful natural scenery and also historical sights commemorating the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. There is an observation platform with good views along the coast. The area within the Park saw some of the fiercest fighting during the Battle of Okinawa, and was the location of the Japanese Army’s last line of defense. Within the Park, the Peace Memorial Museum houses displays of photographs and relics relating to the Battle, as well as the National War Dead Peace Mausoleum, which records the names of all the people who died during the Battle, along with more than 100 individual memorial steles and cenotaphs. Besides being a place dedicated to the dream of global peace and which aims to send out a message of peace, the Park is also a place that many families visit on weekends and public holidays for picnics and recreation.
  • Naminoue Beach
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    3.5
    795 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Wakasa 1-25
    Located approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the Prefectural Office Station on the Okinawa Urban Monorail (Yuirail) line, Naminoue Beach is the only beach within the boundaries of Naha City. As the beach is situated close to both the airport and Kokusai-dori Street, it is common to see tourists stop off there for a quick swim on the way back to their hotel, and the beach is also a popular place for local residents to relax. Within the park area, water sports activities can be booked, and beach equipment can be purchased. Swimming is permitted between April and October.

    The beach has nice clean beach-sand, and the water looks refreshing at this small beach, by December weather keeps most away from taking a dip

  • T Galleria Okinawa (Duty Free Shopping)
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Omoromachi 4-1
    T Galleria is a duty-free shopping complex located in Naha City’s new downtown area, accessible from Omoromachi Station on the Okinawa Urban Monorail (Yuirail) line. It is the only place in Japan where visitors can enjoy duty-free shopping without needing to show their passports. T Galleria’s target customers are people who will be traveling from Naha Airport on domestic flights to other parts of Japan, and people with tickets for international flights. Duty-free goods can be purchased up to two hours before departure, and then collected at the Duty Free Shopping (DFS) counter in Naha Airport. Besides popular fashion and cosmetics brands, T Galleria also sells Okinawa souvenirs such as Awamori liquor and Chinsuko biscuits.

    免税価格でラルフローレンの商品が買えます。男性物、女性物から、子供用まで色々な商品があり、品ぞろえも良いです。

  • Mibaru Beach and Hyakuna Beach
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    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Tamagusuku Hyakuna
    Mibaru Beach and Hyakuna Beach provide the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of the southern part of Okinawa Island. Mibaru Beach is a gently shelving beach with small waves; visitors can take a boat ride in a glass-bottomed boat from a dock nearby to view the fish. Many people visit Mibaru Beach to enjoy watersports. The nearby Hykuna Beach, which is sandwiched between rocky promontories, is a sacred place where, according to legend, the creator goddess Amamikiyo came ashore from Kudaka Island; this tranquil beach is still revered by local people today. As there are no marine activity facilities here, Hyakuna is much less crowded than Mibaru Beach, making it a great place to relax.
  • Sakurazaka g
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 3-9-272F
    This club as has been a favorite of local people since it first opened more than ten years ago. Patrons feel as if they're in an intimate hideaway as they enjoy a playlist centered on techno and the performances of the DJs. The bar serves not only conventional cocktails but also alcoholic beverages typical of Kyushu and Okinawa, such as awamori (distilled rice liquor) and imo-jochu (distilled sweet potato liquor).
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 1-20-13 SO Makishi Building 4F
    This music bar is proud of its fine sound system, and people of every nationality, age, and type come here to enjoy music. There is a permanent DJ booth in the bar, which holds DJ performances and live music events on weekends.
  • Club Clutch
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Asato 1-1-60
    This club's playlists emphasize hip hop, reggae, and R&B, and it is popular with patrons of every nationality. Weekends feature live performances by DJs and dancers, and discounts on drinks, and frequent events, such as Ladies' Day attract a large and lively crowd.

    布置格调幽雅,檯凳配搭很舒服,很多人,很熱鬧,服務好,態度好,有笑容,可以更友善,不用等位,上菜如果能一次上就更好,極品風味,風味雅致,食物令人垂涎欲滴

  • Yogi Park
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Yorimiya 1-1-1
    The closest stations are Makishi Station and Asato Station on the Okinawa Monorail. This is one of Naha City's first 15 urban planning parks. On clear days, this spacious park bustles with large numbers of children, adults, and senior citizens. Many of the park's walkways are paved, ensuring ease of use for stroller and wheelchair users. Park facilities include playground equipment like a jungle gym and seesaw, as well as a red clay multipurpose sports ground and basketball court, and visitors can enjoy a full day of fun here. There's also a real decommissioned steam locomotive on the ground that visitors cannot enter but can view up close.
  • Miebaru Beach Glass Boat
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    Okinawa Nanjo Tamagusuku Hyakuna 1338-1
    A marine sports center located a 20-minute drive from the Haebaru-Minami Interchange on the Naha Airport Expressway in Nanjo City, Okinawa Prefecture. The center offers glass bottom boat tours from which you can take in the sea bottom. The tours make it possible for everyone, including those who don't like diving, small children, and the physically challenged to enjoy the area's coral reef and colorful tropical fish like clownfish. There's also a beach where you can barbecue, and activities like diving and banana boats operated by Water Adventure Sword Fish.
  • Cape Chinen Park
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    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Chinen Kudeken
    This park is in Cape Chinen near Sefa-utaki of Nanjo City, Okinawa Prefecture. Surrounded on three sides by the cobalt blue sea, you can enjoy a stunning view of the vast watery expanse. There’s a gazebo and walking path, not to mention a pleasant sea breeze. And don’t miss the fantastic views of nearby Mt. Kudaka and Komaka Island.
  • Yui Rail Museum
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    3.5
    33 Reviews
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    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.

    Arriving in Naha on a Sunday morning for a couple of days of local sightseeing, I decided to hit the sights towards the southern end of the Yui Monorail first. After visiting locations within easy...

  • Azama Sun-Sun Beach
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    4.0
    77 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Chinen Azama
    This manmade beach, which boasts a great view of the transparent sea, is adjacent to the port used by the ferry bound for Kudaka Island (a.k.a. Island of the Gods). You can enjoy everything from sea bathing, marine sports, or barbecuing, and the swimming area is quite large. The parking lot has a large capacity as well, and there are coin lockers available along with showers, making this a convenient spot indeed.

    I came here in mid-March and it was pretty empty. Seemed like there was quite a bit of work going on - renovations, seasonal maintenance. The beach seemed nice with designated and protected swimming...

  • Urara secondhand bookstore
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 3-3-1
    This small, charming secondhand bookstore is located in front of Naha’s First Makishi Public Market. The shop is crammed with books spanning all types of genres, including many types of books published in Okinawa. There’s an especially impressive number of history, folk, and literary titles available. The general section features a large selection of philosophy, literature, and ideological titles as well.

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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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