Travel / Tourism Spots in Naha / Southern Okinawa Area

  • Yui Rail Museum
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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.

    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...

  • Sefa Utaki
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    1035 Reviews
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    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...

  • Naminoue-gu Shrine
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    765 Reviews
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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.

    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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    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...

  • 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...

  • The Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters
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    4.5
    402 Reviews
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    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...

  • Tamaudun Royal Mausoleum
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    411 Reviews
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    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...

  • Valley of Gangala
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    161 Reviews
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    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.

  • Ryukyu Glass Village
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    202 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Fukudi 169
    This handmade Ryukyu glass workshop, one of the largest in the prefecture, is located in Itoman City. There, visitors can purchase or even make their own works of Ryukyu glass, one of Okinawa's most notable handicrafts. Visitors can watch glass craftsman create works of Ryukyu glass at the 1,300-degree Celsius kiln located at the center of the workshop. Visitors can try a wide range of glass making experiences such as making accessories or photo frames, which are suitable for all ages, as well as making a one-of-a-kind glass. Some of the workshop's other attractions include a direct sales shop, an outlet shop, and a Ryukyu glass museum that shows off the stunning craftsmanship of Ryukyu glass artisans.

    We toured the glass village and while all of the glass items displayed and for sale were beautiful, unfortunately the furnace used for making things was under construction/repair. A typhoon had...

  • Tsushima-maru Memorial Museum
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    167 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Wakasa 1-25-37
    This museum opened in Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture 60 years after the sinking for the Tsushima-maru in order to convey to children about the important of peace and life and to put the souls of the victims to rest, and to properly portray the event for future generations. The tour route starts on the second floor, where there is also an exhibit about the voyage and hit and sinking of the Tsushima-maru. The names and portraits of the Okinawan schoolchildren evacuees and victims are displayed on the first floor.

    A very interesting museum. But you have to be able to read Japanese kanji (Chinese characters) as there are no translations into other languages. I speak Japanese, but cannot read Kanji, so...

  • Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum
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    118 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Mabuni 614-1
    The Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum is located within the Peace Memorial Park. It was established with the aim of commemorating all those who died during the Battle of Okinawa, of teaching new generations about the horror of war and the importance of peace, and of contributing to the achievement of perpetual world peace. The Museum’s permanent exhibitions feature photographs of the Battle of Okinawa and related artifacts and materials, as well as the recollections of people who experienced the Battle (including video testimony).

    We were glad that we could make it to visit this museum and learned about the commoners and soldiers from both sides living and fighting in this horrific war. The exhibits were plentiful and...

  • Roadside Station Toyosaki
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    167 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Tomigusukushi Toyosaki 3-39
    Situated along the road to Tomigusuku, Roadside Station Toyosaki is Japan’s westernmost roadside rest area. Roadside Station Toyosaki comprises: an Information Station, providing tourist information for Okinawa Prefecture; the JA Okinawa Food Hall, offering local cuisine, snack foods, and shops selling local specialty products; and the Tomigusuku Tourist Plaza—Teiguma Hall, which has displays of Uji-zome (Okinawan fabrics dyed using sugar-cane dye), an Uji-zome sales area, and an area where visitors can view Uji-zome being made (visitors can also try their hand at making Uji-zome themselves; this activity must be booked in advance). Roadside Station Toyosaki is located around 13 minutes’ drive from Naha Airport, and around five minutes’ drive from the nearest Expressway interchange. It is next door to Okinawa’s largest car rental facility, making it a very convenient spot for tourists who want to explore Okinawa by car.

    A wide selection of foods from Okinawa without having to pay the tourist prices. A great place to go for souvenirs for friends and family!

  • Naha Municipal Tsuboya Pottery Museum
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    151 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.

  • 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.
  • Shuri Castle
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Shuritounokurachou 3-1
    Shuri Castle is a former residence of the kings of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It was burnt and lost at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945 but restored in 1992 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan. In 2000, it was registered as a World Heritage Site as one of the Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu. It is located on top of a hill and is famous as a picturesque place as you can enjoy a panoramic view of Naha City. As it is illuminated in the evening, you can enjoy a magical Shuri Castle which is different from during the daytime.
  • Okinawa Gokoku Shrine
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    80 Reviews
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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.

    Easy access from monorail and clear signs to get there as well. This tranquil temple is less crowded and is such a peaceful place to visit. Highly recommended.

  • Naha City Historical Museum
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    84 Reviews
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    Okinawa Naha-shi Kumoji 1-1-1 Palette Kumoji 4F
    "This museum is located within ""RYUBO Department Store,"" in front of Kencho-mae Station, along Kokusai-dori Avenue in Kumoji 1-Chome, Naha City. It displays materials stored by Naha City, primarily materials related to the Sho family, the royal family of Ryukyu Kingdom, but also historical materials and works of art related to Ryukyu as it built its own unique culture while trading with China and Japan. You can experience Ryukyuan (also known as Okinawan) history and culture through temporary exhibits and special exhibits centered on various themes."

    ...on a long day of sightseeing was kinda disappointing. Just a few screens and displays with little to none English descriptions. Thank God it was only ¥350 so I didnt feel cheated that much. I...

  • Pineapple House
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    70 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Kagamizu 684-1
    The landmark for this souvenir shop is a large pineapple. It has a large selection of goods, and you can taste pineapples, and original pineapple wine and sweets. In addition, there is a kitchen on the second floor with popular menu items such as wheat noodles with Agu pork and a 37-centimeter-high pineapple parfait.

    the pineapple is a wonderful fruit because not only does it taste great giving you that lift especially on a hot day, its powerful enzymes pack a wallop:do not discard the hard skeleton as this is...

  • Shuri Ryusen
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Shuriyamagawachou 1-54
    This shop displays and sells kimono and accessories dyed in the Bingata style, as well as original handicrafts that use vegetable dyes. There is also a traditional Okinawan Bingata-style dyeing workshop where visitors can observe the dyeing process. The display and sales corner features a variety of Bingata- and coral-dyed household goods, interior goods, and items that make wonderful souvenirs. You can also sit around the fireplace in the rest area and enjoy some Okinawan tea and snacks.

    This place is near Shuri Castle. You can google for the exact location as it is situated in a quiet residential area - i think. One will be shown how to use the paints and the corals (they come in...

  • West Marine
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Tondouchou 2-1 Naha Shantou Building 1F
    This popular company offers sunset dinner cruises where you can enjoy your time on the cruise while eating a meal and watching the evening sun set into the beautiful ocean of Okinawa. You can go with significant others, friends or family. You can also choose a cruise plan according to the purpose and for a unique memory of Okinawa. In addition to the sunset cruise, their night cruises and underwater sightseeing boats are also popular.

    Cons:you only spend about 10-15 minutes in the viewing area. Pros:Young children are free. Which I was happy for. As he I paid for our whole family I would have been disappointed. You can pay...

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