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  • Nanjo City Local Products Center
    Shopping
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Chinen Kudeken 539
    Nanjo City Local Products Center is located in Chinen, Nanjo City, south of Okinawa Main Island. There is a range of Nanjo City's specialty products, souvenirs, local fresh vegetables and seafood, such as mozuku seaweed. Inside the shop, it has a lot of Nanji goods, the heartwarming local character mascot of Nanjo City. There is also a ticket booth for Sefa Utaki, the most important spiritual site for Ryukyu Kingdom, which is registered as a World Heritage Site, so you can purchase a ticket here. You can overlook the cobalt blue ocean from an observation area where you get a stunning view.
  • Shuri Castle
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    4.0
    86 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Unlike most places of interests in Okinawa which requires driving, its easy to go to the Shurijo Castle by monorail. The castle ground and park which are free to open to public viewing are sprawling...

  • Shuri Kannon-do Temple
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Shuriyamagawachou 3-1
    Shuri Kannon-do Temple, one of the 12 temples in Shuri, is a temple for the Rinzai sect Myoshinji school. The temple is officially called Jigen-in. In the Ryukyu Kingdom period, King Sho Kyu erected a goddess of mercy temple to celebrate the return of Prince Sashiki who was held hostage by the Satsuma Domain and built the Jigen-in to the south in 1618. It is a holy site for the worship of the goddess of mercy in Okinawa and the principal image is a Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara.

    This was a lovely temple and quite large for Okinawan standards. We came a bit early apparently and the monk wasn't there at the time (1430) and we were told to come back at 1630 if we wanted a...

  • Kusu no Mori ChukoGura
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Tomigusukushi Iraha 556-2
    This brewery tour facility is where you can enjoy learning about the history and culture of awamori such as an old-fashioned awamori factory, an old-style storehouse with a lot of aged sake, and earthenware pots. Convenient located approximately 10 minutes by car from Naha Airport, this brewery that has received some of the most awards and is very popular. If you make a reservation in advance, you can also experience making awamori through an experience that reproduces traditional awamori-making.
  • Valley of Gangala
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    4.0
    141 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.

    Nice coffee shop just before the entrance to the valley. Mostly serving drinks like coffee, tea and various juices, also offers decent ice cream. Nice seating area in a pleasant shade from the cave.

  • Tamagusuku Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Tamagusuku
    The site of a natural stronghold situated on a 180-meter-high hill a short drive from the Haebaru-Minami Interchange on the Naha Airport Expressway in Nanjo City, Okinawa Prefecture. The castle is said to have been created by Amamikiyo, the god who created Ryukyu (Okinawa), and the Tenson clan, alleged to be the god's descendants, ruled the castle. Still considered a place of worship to those taking a pilgrimage in the sacred land of Agariumai, the site sees an unending line of worshipers. The castle has a natural gate created by boring a hole into limestone rock, and from here visitors can get a sweeping view of Kudaka Island and the south central side of Okinawa Island. When visiting, note that the road leading to the site is quite steep; please watch your step.
  • craft house Sprout
    Shopping
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Tsuboya 1-17-3
    Not far from Kokusai-dori Street lies Tsuboya Yachimun Street, which is lined with pottery producers and ceramics shops. One such shop is the boutique “craft house Sprout,” which offers not only ceramics, but also Bingata-dyed crafts and various original products. The ceramics are made by both young and experienced artisans located in the prefecture, and are meant to blend seamlessly into one’s daily life. In order to facilitate access for as many visitors as possible, the shop offers support for guide dogs, strollers, and wheelchairs, and shopping is made as smooth as possible.
  • Benzaitendo House and Enkanchi Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa prefecture Naha city Shuri Shuri Castle Park
    Benzaitendo House and Enkanchi Pond are cultural properties located inside the Shuri Castle Park in Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture. Enkanchi Pond is a manmade pond which was built in 1502 to collect spring water and rainwater within Shuri Castle. Benzaitendo is a red-roofed shrine located in the middle of Enkanchi Pond which enshrines Benzaiten, a water goddess controlling safe sea voyages.
  • Himeyuri Kaikan
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
    Shopping
    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Ihara 734
    Located near Himeyuri Memorial Tower, this store is an Okinawan restaurant and sells traditional crafts, folk art and specialty goods from Okinawa as souvenirs. It has a wide selection of products, and has a parlor that sells the classic souvenir of Beniimo Tart, chinsuko Okinawan cookies, and Blue Seal ice cream. In the restaurant, they offer a la carte dishes in addition to courses and rice bowl dishes. Please check in advance as there are also menu items that require a reservation.

    沖縄といえばステーキ。どこかでステーキを食べたいと思っており、ここだと思い300gのステーキを食しました。牛肉は柔らかくて肉厚もあり、脂ものっており、大変おいしく食べることができました。ステーキソースは酸味があり、ボリュームのある牛肉を食するにはお肉と相性のよいソースでした。 300g少し多いかなと思いましたが、さっぱりと食べることのできる美味しいお肉でなんなく食べることができました。

  • Awamori Masahiro Gallery
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Nishizakichou 5-8-7
    This sake brewery was established in 1883 in Shuri, the castle town of the Ryukyu Kingdom. At the time when only those approved to brew by the royal government could receive a license, a tradename and brewing license were given by the king, down to the present day. It sells vintage sake that has received many Monde Selection Gold awards, awamori made of pure rice , and moromi-su (vinegar from rice mash).
  • Mabuni Hill
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Mabuni 444
    A hill where 50 memorial towers from each prefecture of Japan, groups and Okinawa’s war dead are built, it is located inside Peace Memorial Park. The place of the last pocket of resistance during the Pacific War, there is a cliff in the back, and many tourists come to visit it as a place of prayer. In addition, there is also a large lawn, and it is used as a place of relaxation.
  • Okinawa Gokoku Shrine
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    4.0
    59 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Within park area, this shrine on top of a hill, offers some respite from the heat and good views from the top. There’s few memorials commemorating locals perished during the Second World War. Good to...

  • Pineapple House
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Shopping
    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...

  • Naminoue-gu Shrine
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    4.0
    629 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.

    Wanted to walk. This shrine was close to the Hilton Doubletree. People put prayers on pieces of paper. I stopped by while a service was going on. No entrance fee, just walk up the steps.

  • Tsushima-maru Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    149 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    I visited this memorial museum on 10/14/2018,and I was the only visitor during my 30-min visit there. There were a few more when I left. This is a terrible tragedy during World War II, and an...

  • All Ages Underwater Sightseeing Cruise Ship Orca
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Tondouchou 2-1
    The largest underwater sightseeing boat in Okinawa allows you to enjoy the colorful tropical fish that inhabit the ocean from the underwater observation room. The boat hardly sways, and you can wear your regular clothes while looking at the beautiful sea, so it is popular with people of all ages. They are open all year round and operate five trips a day. The trip lasts for approximately 50 to 60 minutes.
  • West Marine
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    We came after some good reviews from online, the reviews quite understate the excellent experience! Ambience:5/5 Cleanliness:5/5 Customer Service:5/5 Quality of Food:5/5 Value for Money...

  • Tenbusu Naha
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 3-2-103F/4F
    This is a place where you can enjoy traditional Ryukyu culture such as Ryukyu dance and traditional craft experiences. It is popular due to its convenient location right in the middle of Kokusai-dori Street. The Naha City Tourist Information Center and shopping area on the first floor make it a reassuring place.
  • Itokazu Abuchiragama
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    4.5
    33 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Tamagusuku Itokazu 667-1
    This natural cave is located in the Itokazu area of Tamagusuku, Nanjo City in the southern part of Okinawa’s main island. It was originally a designated evacuation shelter for the Itokazu Village, but it was used as a trench position and warehouse for Japanese troops, and was the location for a branch office of the Haebaru army hospital. One of the places that conveys the actual situation of the war in Okinawa in the present, it is also somewhere that makes you think about war.

    Excellent tour guide and an insight into the hardships and suffering faced by local people, soldiers and teenage female nurses

  • Chinen Marine Leisure Center
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Chinen Kudeken 676
    This facility is where you can be transported to an uninhabited island and enjoy various marine sports. Above all, you can enjoy the highly transparent sea nurtured by the untouched nature of Komaka Island, and it is popular throughout the year. Besides playing in the ocean, it is also highly recommended to explore the uninhabited island. It is great because it is only 15 minutes away by boat from the Chinen Marine Leisure Center dock.

    グラスボートに乗りました。割引を使って1人900円でした安い 25分前後には乗りました 朝一9:00から乗りましたが貸切でした〜〜 沖縄のお魚イラブチャーが泳いでたり 可愛いお魚が泳いでるのを見れましたよ〜

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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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