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  • Komaka Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Chinen Azama Offing
    This uninhabited island floats off the coast of Chinen Village in southern Okinawa Prefecture. It’s accessible via a 15-minute boat ride from the Chinen Marine  Leisure Center. The fine, white sand and crystal clear emerald-green sea will enrapture you, and you can enjoy sea bathing and marine sports to your heart’s content. The island has nothing but a bathroom, so be sure to bring what you need with you.
  • 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.
  • Roadside Station Itoman
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    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Nishizakichou 4-19-1
    Located an 18-minute drive from Naha Airport along National Route 331, this is the southernmost roadside station in Japan. With nearly 30,000 square meters of space, it houses six tenants and various shops, as well as the “Farmers Market Umanchu Market,” where visitors can purchase directly from producers, and the “Fish Center.” There are also stores carrying household dishes and specialty products, cafes, a food court, and restaurants.

    從那霸市區開車過來也要半小時, 這裡停車很好停, 空間很大, 有兩棟建築物, 來這裡主要是吃東西, 很多海鮮食品, 熟食還真的不太多, 不吃海鮮的人可能很難挑吃的

  • Okinawa Takarajima
    Shopping
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Omoromachi 3-3-1 Alepull Town 2F
    This shop specializes in carefully selected Okinawan products. From popular purple yam tarts and local curries to Okinawan cosmetics and original items, this shop has it all. There is also a special section devoted to “Ryujin Mabuyer” goods as well as several products not available anywhere else, which showcases this establishment's devotion to its hometown.
  • e Rental Pottering SHURI
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Shuritorihorichou 1-50-1 Shinonomekan 102
    Cycling is recommended if you’re going to be exploring the hilly Shuri area. Pottering SHURI rents out electric assist bicycles and also offers model courses that you can follow to see the best sights.
  • Odohama Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Odo
    During the Bakumatsu period, when the country was closed to outsiders, John Manjiro came back from America and landed at this beach, thus leading it to sometimes be referred to as “John Man beach.” The water is crystal clear, and coral reefs can be seen during low tide. Snorkeling and diving are recommended as well. The beach is also known as a spot that sea turtles often visit in summer to lay their eggs.
  • Roadside Station Toyosaki
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    150 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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!

  • Kankaimon Gate
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa prefecture Naha city Shuri Shuri Castle Park
    Kankaimon Gate was the main entrance to Shuri-jo Castle (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). This was the entrance through which “Sakuhoshi”, (Chinese envoys, also known as “Sapposhi”) would pass when granted an audience with the Ryukyuan King; the name “Kankaimon” (“Gate of Welcome”) reflects this. The Gate was destroyed by fire during the Second World War, but was rebuilt in 1974. Shisa statues stand on either side of the Gate to ward off evil spirits.
  • The Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters
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    4.5
    350 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.

    The Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters is a great place if you want to see a World War II site. There are so few places that are still around from the war. In fact, walking around here...

  • Kudaka Island
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    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Chinen Kudaka
    Kudaka Island is a long, thin island that lies five kilometers off the southern coast of the main island of Okinawa. Kudaka Island was believed to be the first place in the Ryukyu Islands that the creator goddess Amamikiyo made after descending from Heaven, and since ancient times it has been venerated as an “island of the gods.” There are many sacred sites on Kudaka Island, such as Udunmya. Many of these places have been sacred to the Ryukuan people since ancient times, and visitors should be aware that some places are off-limits to non-locals.
  • Ruins of Enkakuji Temple
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Shurikinjouchou 1-2 In Shuri Castle Park
    Enkakuji Temple was a temple belonging to the Rinzai School of Buddhism, located just to the north of Shuri Castle. King Sho Shin (who laid the foundations for the Golden Age of the Ryukuan kingdom) ordered the temple built in imitation of the Enkakuji Temple in Kamakura. In 1933, the Temple’s Main Hall and Main Entrance were designated as National Treasures. The Temple was completely destroyed during the Second World War. The Main Gate and Hoshochi Pond have since been recreated.
  • Shureimon Gate
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    Okinawa prefecture Naha city Shuri Shuri Castle Park
    “Shurei” means “observing manners” and “a nation which observes manners” is written on the horizontal frame at the center of Shureimon Gate. It means “Ryukyu is a nation which respects manners”. It is a beautiful gate representing Shuri Castle which is a World Heritage site and was built around 1527 to 1555. It was destroyed during the Pacific War but restored later in 1958.
  • The Okinawa Peace Hall
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    16 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Mabuni 448-2
    The Okinawa Peace Hall is a monument rising up 45 meters in the Peace Memorial Park. Okinawa became an arena for the ground war at the end of World War II and the site of a hard-fought battle which cost as many as 200,000 military and civilian lives. With the belief that the tragedy should never be repeated, Okinawa Peace Hall was built in 1978 to appeal to the world about the nobility of peace. The heptahedron shape represents the seven seas and hands joining together.

    Our first plan was to go to peace museum which is located at the same park with the hall. And without realizing, we paid 450¥ for entrance (compare with huge museum for 300¥) . Peace memorial hall is...

  • Sonohyan Utaki Stone Gate
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa prefecture Naha city Shuri Shuri Castle Park
    Sonohyan Utaki Stone Gate made from Ryukyu limestone is a place of worship where the emperor used to pray for his safety when going out. During the Pacific War, a part of the building was destroyed, but it was restored in 1957. In 2000, it was designated as a World Heritage Site. Though it is in the shape of a gate, it is not for people to walk through but is more of a “gate for worship” to God.
  • TIDAMOON cafe Chufara-Nagayama Bingata goods
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    Shopping
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Sashiki Tedokon 37
    TIDAMOON is a shop selling handmade goods using bingata (an Okinawan dying technique) which is one of the traditional Okinawan crafts. In the shop, there is a lineup of colorful works using bingata such as bags, porches and coasters. The shop holds a hands-on bingata class (a booking is required at least one week before participation), and you can have a unique experience painting a table mat, an eco-bag, a T-shirt and other items. In the attached café, you can enjoy lunch of the day using ingredients grown in-house.

    ヘルシーメニューの居心地の良いカフェ。日替わりランチは絶品てした。食事のプレゼンテーションも可愛くて楽しく召し上がりました。

  • Churakaji Okinawa Art Experience
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    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 3-2-50
    Churakaji Okinawa Art Experience is a hands-on studio where you can experience making various Okinawan arts and crafts without booking. There are plenty of hands-on options such as making Ryukyu glass and glass beads, painting shisa (Okinawan lions) or making a decorated music box, and the price is reasonable. Work you have done can be taken home with you. Glasswork and the trendy “EM ice cream” are also sold. The barrier-free studio is accessible for wheelchairs or similar.

    国際通り周辺を歩いていて、そう言えばガイドブックに載っていたような…と、入ってみました。シーサーの絵付等の体験が出来る店は他にもありましたが、こちらの、可愛らしい雰囲気に惹かれました。予約なしでもそのまま出来、同行した4才児も楽しめました。久しぶりに筆を持ち、絵の具を素焼きのシーサーに塗り、童心に返ったような気がしました。雨でも楽しめて、記念にもなりました。

  • Kaki no Hana Hija Spring
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Tamagusuku Kakinohana
    Kaki no Hana Hija Spring, located in a lush forest on a hill in Nanjo City, splashes out from the bottom of a rock. It has been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 famous water sources and is now used for household and agricultural water. A small pond is a perfect place for children to play, and many people visit for the cool breeze.
  • Senaga Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Tomigusukushi Senaga
    Senaga Island, south of Naha Airport, is a small island with a perimeter of about 1.5 kilometer and located after crossing Kaichu-doro Drive (marine drive). “Senagajima Umikaji Terrace” where you can enjoy gourmet food and shopping events on weekends is recommended for both couples and families. The sunset over the East China Sea is beautiful, and you can enjoy the atmosphere of a resort just by going a little further from Naha City. About 10 minutes by car from Naha Airport.
  • The Statue of Peace (Itoman City)
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Kyan
    The Statue of Peace (Itoman City) near Kiyan Light House is located on Cape Kiyan in Itoman City. In October 1951, residents in Kiyan Village collected as many as 10,000 deceased remains of soldiers as well as residents scattered inside the village and on the neighboring beach, and built the statue. In March 1969, it was moved and restored in its current location.
  • CornerstoneofPeace
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Mabuni 444 Peace Memorial Park
    The Cornerstone of Peace is located inside the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman City, Okinawa Prefecture and was built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the Pacific War: Battle of Okinawa on June 23, 1995. All the names of the people lost in the Battle of Okinawa and other battles are engraved.

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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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