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  • Busena Marine Park
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    4.0
    543 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Kise 1744-1
    Busena Marine Park is located at Cape Busena, near Nago City. An underwater observatory has been built in the waters off the cape, providing a 360-degree view of the beautifully colored fish through 24 underwater windows. Glass-bottomed boats depart from the pier near the observatory, enabling visitors to “stroll” through the ocean. Please note that there is an admission charge for the observatory, and there is also a charge for the trips in the glass-bottomed boats (packages combining the two activities at a specially reduced price are available).

    Busena Marine Park is in a beautiful location by the sea. The two main activities are taking a glass-bottom boat to look at the tropical fish and walking down an underwater tower to look out through...

  • Kouri Ocean Tower
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    4.0
    556 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunnakijinson Kouri 538
    Kouri Ocean Tower on Kouri Island is situated in the sea north of the Motobu Peninsula. From the observatory tower at 82 meters above sea level, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Kouri Bridge and the beautiful blue ocean. Because you ride on a cart to the tower, you can relax while enjoying the sea breeze. You can take photos with the picturesque scenery in the background while you enjoy the lush subtropical garden. In the tower, as many as 10,000 shells including heart-shaped shells and colorful ones are exhibited. There is a restaurant where you can enjoy your meal while gazing at sea as well as a shop where a unique sweet only available in Kouri Island is sold directly from the factory.

    Once going up to the ocean tower, via automated cart, you can snap beautiful pictures of the Kouri bridge. At the observatory deck, you could also fantastic view of the bridge and ocean.

  • Orion Happy Park
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    4.5
    346 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Agarie 2-2-1
    Orion Happy Park is the facility where Orion Beer (Okinawa's most famous beer) is brewed; visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the brewery, and then enjoy tasting Orion Beer after the tour (soft drinks are available for children and designated drivers). Orion Happy Park has its own restaurant-Yanbaru no Mori-where visitors can enjoy beer that has been made on the premises and delicious food made with local ingredients (it is possible to visit the Park just to use the restaurant). The brewery tour takes around 60 minutes. Visitors can book the tour in advance by telephone or through the Park's website.

    Orion Happy Park is a facility that manufactures and sells one of Okinawas most famous beer brands - Orion Beer. Here, you can see the beer making process from the grinding of the raw malt all the...

  • "Okinawa Rail Ecology Center ""Kuina no Mori"""
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    4.5
    96 Reviews
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    Okinawa Kunigami-gun Kunigamison Ada 1477-35
    A sightseeing facility where visitors can observe Okinawa rails, a national Natural Monument species, located in Ada, Kunigami Village. Opened in 2013, the facility contains exhibits on the ecology of Okinawa rails, observation booths from which you can watch actual rails living in a recreation of their natural environment - the fact that you can see the rails up close has made the facility a popular destination. In addition to individuals and families, the facility can accommodate large groups, and visitors can learn about rails and see the facility's friendly rails raised on the site.

    国頭の自然体系を考える上にも是非とも訪問して欲しい施設です。貴重なヤンバルクイナを保護しつつ、自然体系への復帰を目指している中でヤンバルクイナを間違いなく目の前で見ることが出来る施設です。施設内のガイドさんが面白楽しく説明してくれます。普通にはヤンバルクイナを見つけることは不可能ですから是非とも「クー太」君の動くを観察しながら考えて欲しいものです。特に昨年(2019年)はロードキル(自動車事故)で...

  • Michi no Eki Kyoda (Yanbaru Bussan Center)
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    4.0
    98 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Kyoda 17-1
    Michi no Eki Kyoda is a roadside rest and shopping facility in Nago City on National Highway 58. It sells fresh fruit and vegetables delivered directly to the Center by local farmers, as well as local specialty products and souvenir gifts. There is a food court and food stalls, with a comprehensive range of delicious Okinawan dishes available to eat. Michi no Eki Kyoda also has a comprehensive range of other facilities, including a highway information counter, rest lounge, and nap room.

    Cool place to stop before you get to Nago. Kinda expensive. Easy to get lost in I would stick together if traveling as a group.

  • Roadside Station Ogimi
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    3.5
    89 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunogimison Nerome 1373
    Roadside Station Ogimi is a roadside rest area on National Highway 58, located in Nerome, Ogimi Village. There is a range of Ogimi Village specialty products on sale, including Shekwasha (flat lemons) and Akatsuchi Daikon (Japanese radish), etc., when in season. There are restaurants on the First and Second Floors, including the Beautiful View Soba noodles restaurant on the Second Floor, where diners can enjoy not only Okinawan Soba noodles but also Japanese-style Soba noodles made using buckwheat flour from buckwheat grown locally in Ogimi. Immediately adjacent to Roadside Station Ogimi is the “Longevity Stele,” a stone monument celebrating the fact that Ogimi has the longest-lived inhabitants of any community in Japan.

    We dropped by the rest area after a day at Cape Hedo and Daisekirinzan, hoping for a good lunch. Unfortunately, it being past 2pm, the cafe had run out of Okinawan soba and only had curry to offer...

  • Dino Park Yanbaru Subtropical Forest
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    4.0
    82 Reviews
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    Okinawa Nago-shi Nakayama 1024-1
    A park located in a forest adjoining the Okashigoten Nago Shop in Nakayama, Nago City. Here visitors can go on an adventure in a subtropical virgin forest and encounter over 80 animatronic dinosaurs brought to life with stunning movement and roars. A fun destination for children and adults alike, there are walking paths in the park and at the end of the course is a children's area with dinosaurs and play equipment kids can ride, as well as a shop filled with dinosaur merchandise. Visitors can also use a tablet and view moving 3D dinosaurs and, depending on the season, charming seasonal flowers. Be sure not to miss the park's rare subtropical flowers.

    We visited here with 2 kids 5 and 3 year old as elder one loves dinosaurs and what a lovely time they had in the park running from 1 dinosaur to another and freaking out. Elder one know all names and...

  • Glass House in Forest
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    3.5
    69 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Bimata 478
    This facility is where you can experience making Ryukyu glass. There are approximately 300 kinds of glass inside the store, and you can experience various kinds of workshops in the experience area such as making glass, accessories, photo frames, gel candles and kaleidoscopes. Do not forget to make the required reservation if you would like to take part in this experience. In addition, although you cannot take it back home with you on the same day, it can be delivered to you later.

    Okinawa is known for their glassware. This is a touristy stop that allows you to watch them make glassware and you can also blow your own drinking glass. I was with a tour and they allow you blow...

  • Glass Art Ai
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Nakayama 211-1
    A glass studio established in 1998 situated along National Route 84 in Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture. The studio displays pieces under the chic Dinnerstyle collection and the cutely colored Brunchtstyle collection, which make perfect gifts for women. The studio also offers Ryukyu glass classes such as glass blowing glasses, jewelry making using a burner, and colorful gel candle making created with your choice of gel sands and decorative touches.

    Stumbled across this small place and we ended up blowing 2 glasses. You get to choose the type of glass you want and colors too. Takes about 30mins. You collect the glass you made 2 days later, as it...

  • Ryukyu Glass Kirameki Kobo
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
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    Okinawa Kunigami-gun Onnason Yamada 3111
    This Ryukyu glass studio is located in Onna Village, Okinawa Prefecture. Visitors can watch the work of a group of craftsmen lead by Ikemiyagi Yoshio, a certified Traditional Craftsman of Okinawa Prefecture. Ikemiyagi was selected as a Contemporary Master Craftsman in 2014 by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The workshop also offers Ryukyu glasswork experiences in which participants can make a variety of items from such as taru glasses, saucers, and flower vases from Ryukyu glass. Visitors can also view and purchase more than 500 pieces of Ryukyu glasswork, which makes a great souvenir.

    ルネッサンスに宿泊中、雨だったので急遽連絡したところ飛び込みで受け入れて貰えました。 5歳の息子で不安もありましたが、親切な職人さんに優しく教えて頂き、写真をとるためのポージングやシャッターチャンスを作って下さいました。 本人もとても喜んで大事に使っています。 きらめき工房さんのガラスは気泡・波風のラインがとても美しいグラスで、空港でお土産のグラスが沢山並んでいるのを見ていた時も、主人が「やっぱり...

  • Cape Manzamo
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunonnason Onna
    It is a popular scenic spot which is representative of Okinawa Prefecture, which is located in Onna Village, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture. It is famous for having rocks on the coastal cliffs which closely resemble an elephant’s trunk, with the whole surface of the clear blue sea stretching out down below. The highly transparent sea is breathtakingly beautiful and is so transparent that you can even see the rocks in the sea, but be careful as there are a few places which don’t have a fence.
  • Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunogimison Kijoka 454
    Bashofu (abaca cloth) has been designated one of the nation’s Important Intangible Cultural Properties, and this is the only place in the prefecture where you can see the creation process up close. The first floor features a video that demonstrates the painstaking handiwork that utilizes the local natural environment to create the product. Products are exhibited and sold here as well. The second floor is the work area, where artisans of the traditional craft carry out their training. Observation is possible, but you must receive permission in advance.

    Go for a walk around. It is so quiet you can hear cicadas and birds and the friendly konnichiwas from the elderly.

  • Higashi Museum (Higashi Village Yama to Mizu no Seikatsu Hakubutsukan)
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    7 Reviews
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    Okinawa Kunigami-gun Higashi Mura Kawata 61-1
    This museum is located in Higashi Village, Okinawa Prefecture. Visitors can learn about life in Higashi Village as well as the village's history through an abundance of pictures, artifacts, and other items. Notable exhibits include a diorama of the local ecology from the headstream of Yanbaru forests to the mangrove forest at the estuary, a skeletal specimen of a dugong, and bird taxidermy specimens. The museum also raises pit vipers, giant mottled eels, Ryukyu wild boars, and other wildlife native to Okinawa. Visitors can learn about how people used to live in Okinawa from the everyday items once used by islanders on display as well from exhibits about jobs that used to exist on the island.

    Known simply, as the Higashi Village Museum to the English speaking visitor, this is one place I love to visit. Many museums, no longer allow photography but, this one does. Its always best to ask...

  • Izena Village Fureai Folklore Museum
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Okinawa Shimajiri-gun Izena Mura Izena 196-129
    Izena Village Community Folklore Museum, is located in the Izena, Izena Village, Shimajiri County. It serves as repository for materials about the history and folk culture of the island. Since Izena Island is the birthplace of King Shoen, founder of the Second Sho Dynasty, which ruled the Ryukyu Kingdum for 400 years until the Meiji Period, the museum, contains many items connected with the royal family.

    This was one of my favorite attractions on Izena Island. On a 3 day trip, I had to visit twice. It is full to capacity with treasures and textiles from days gone by and comfortably, climate...

  • Kouri Island
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunnakijinson Kouri
    Kouri Island is located north of the main island of Okinawa, Yagaji Island. It is surrounded by emerald green seas, with a circumference of about eight kilometers. In 2005, the Kouri Bridge opened to connect the island with Yagaji Island, becoming a remote island that could now be reached by car from the main island. There are old houses and fields of sugar cane on the island, and the original Okinawan landscape remains remarkably unchanged. From ancient times, it has been given the names, “Love Island” and “God’s Island”, so there are also a lot of couples who visit this island.
  • Nakijin Castle Ruins
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunnakijinson Imadomari 5101
    Before the establishment of the Ryukyu Kingdom, the king of Hokuzan controlled the area from the northern part of the main island to the Amami region. These are the ruins of the castle he occupied, and they were designated a World Cultural Heritage site in 2000. Situated on a peak 100 meters above sea level, Paleozoic limestone was stacked to form a beautiful wall that took advantage of the natural surroundings. The view from “Uchibaru” is especially recommended.
  • Cape Maeda
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunonnason Maeda 469-1
    Cape Maeda is a picturesque place with a precipitous cliff formed from elevated coral and a view of beautiful, transparent ocean. Diving and snorkeling are popular in this area, and the “Blue Grotto” shining gloriously blue is a particular must see. It is also one of the best sightseeing places as you can watch whales from an observation tower or whale watching boats in winter.
  • Helios Distillery Co., Ltd.
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    5.0
    2 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Kyoda 405
    An awamori brewery represented by the aged awamori “Kura,” it brews general alcoholic beverages. You can go on a recommended factory tour that lasts for approximately 40 to 60 minutes for a fulfilling time where you can learn the traditions and secrets of awamori and what makes it special. Do not forget to make the required reservation in advance.

    許田インターの割と近くにあります。地元の方に教えて頂き行きました。事前予約制です。民家の集落を抜けたところにあります。工場も蔵もとても趣があります。期間限定の有料試飲がオススメです。

  • Manza Beach
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunonnason Serakaki
    Manza Beach is a beautiful beach with highly transparent sea and coral reef, overlooking Manzamo. It is adjacent to the ANA Intercontinental Hotel and you can enjoy a range of activities such as diving and fishing.
  • Cape Hedo
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunkunigamison Hedo
    Located at the northernmost tip of Okinawa, it is made up of cliffs of coral. On sunny days it is a picturesque spot where you will be able to command a view of Yoron Island. In 1972 during the Showa period, on the occasion of the return of Okinawa to the Japanese, a monument “sokoku fukki tousou ishibumi” (Return to Motherland conflict monument) was built. Located on the northern side of the cape Hedo dome is a limestone cave in the sea which is said to have formed approximately 20,000 years ago. It is known as a great diving spot.

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