A Day at Ryukyu Mura


2017.08.14

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

If you want to get a grasp on the real and fascinating history of Okinawa, you can’t go past Ryukyu Mura. Also known as Ryukyu Village, Ryukyu Mura is a trip through time in the shape of a small theme park located Okinawa Honto, about 30km north of Naha. A reconstructed village based around the life and times of people under the rule of the Ryukyu Kingdom, it's a fascinating little world and the best way to get a true immersive experience of Okinawan history and culture. Beyond that of course it’s just a whole lot of fun.

  • Given its diverse history, Okinawa is very different culturally to the rest of Japan. It wasn’t until islands were invaded by the Satsuma domain, also known as the present day Kagoshima Prefecture in 1609, that the area even became part of Japan. Prior to its formation with the rest of the country, Okinawa was an entirely separate country, known as the Ryukyu Kingdom. The island remained governed by the royal family from Shuri Castle all the way up until 1879, when the kingdom was officially abolished and amalgamated with the rest of Japan.

    Okinawa Ryukyu Mura

    Okinawa Ryukyu Mura

    Okinawa Ryukyu Mura

    Okinawa Ryukyu Mura

    If you’re more interested in watching than doing, then Ryukyu Mura also hosts a wide range of performances throughout the day. From traditional eisa taiko drumming, symbolic dances, sanshin concerts, parades to ceremonies recreations, there’s never a dull moment in the Village.

    Okinawa Ryukyu Mura

    Okinawa Ryukyu Mura

    Once you’ve worked up an appetite, check out the local food stands and grab a traditional Okinawan dish. On your way out make a detour through the gift store to pick up some local goodies to take home.

    Okinawa Ryukyu Mura

    Okinawa Ryukyu Mura

    To get to Ryukyu Mura via bus catch the number 120 from Naha to Ryukyu Mura-mae bus stop; which takes 80 minutes and costs around 1,070 yen from Naha Bus Terminal. If you’re travelling from Naha Airport you can catch the same bus, but the journey will take around 90 minutes, and cost 1,160 yen. Two buses run every hour. Alternatively by car, the trip takes about 50 minutes from Naha on the expressway between Naha and Ishikawa.

    Okinawa Ryukyu Mura

    Okinawa Ryukyu Mura

    Ryukyu Mura
    rating

    4.0

    743 Reviews
    place
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunonnason Yamada 1130
    phone
    0989651234
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:30(Last entry17:00)

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