Japan – Okinawa

Japan - Okinawa

Okinawa is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, consisting of hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over 1,000km long. Okinawa was known as the Ryukyu Kingdom, an independent state until the Meiji Era in the late 19th century.
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Okinawa, Japan
Route (Naha): Naminoue Beach → Naminoue Shrine → RYUBO (Pokémon Store) → Kokusai Street → Makishi Public Market → Heiwadori → Sakaemachi Arcade

*Best way to get around Okinawa is by car. You can also take a day tour (by bus) to see all the best bits of Okinawa.

Shuri Castle was the kings’ castle after the unification of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It became the center of politics, diplomacy, and culture during the Ryukyu kingdom era. Large parts of Shuri Castle have burned down on 31 October 2019. The castle is now temporarily closed.

Tamaudun is located at Kinjo town Naha city. The site is located only a short walk from Shuri castle. It’s a very popular tourist spot and worth a visit.

Naminoue Beach is an artificial beach that provides great views of the sea, sand, and a stunning sunrise and sunset. Located on a small cliff above the beach lies Naminoue Shrine.

Naminoue Shrine, a Shinto shrine in Naha, sits atop a high bluff, overlooking Naminoue Beach and the ocean.

Ryukyu Mura is an authentic re-creation of an ancient Okinawan village. Old Ryukyuan homes were brought from all over the islands and reassembled here in the village to preserve the heritage of the Ryukyu Kingdom.

The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is located within the Ocean Expo Park. The is considered one of the biggest and best aquariums in the world.

The Mihama American Village is a large entertainment complex located in central Okinawa Honto. Many American military bases are located in the area, and the entertainment complex’s theme of Americana provides a nostalgic pleasure for residents of the bases as well as an interesting diversion for the locals.

Kouri Island is a beach spreading out from both sides of the foot of a bridge. It is famous for the most beautiful seas in Okinawa.

Cape Manzamo is a scenic rock formation located near Onna Village. The Ryukyuan king said that the top of the cliff was big enough for 10,000 people to sit. That’s why it’s called Manzamō — 万 (Man – 10,000) 座 (Za – to sit) 毛 (Mo – field).

Nago Pineapple Park is a theme park full of pineapple, tropical fruits and bright plants.

Kokusaidori is Naha’s main street, stretching for roughly two kilometers through downtown Naha. The street takes its name from the former “Ernie Pyle International Theater”, a movie theater that was built along the road after the war.

Makishi Public Market is a part of locals’ everyday life – the place to go if you’re looking to enjoy Okinawan food and interact with locals.

Heiwa-dōri is is one of Okinawa’s few remaining covered arcades featuring many shops and vendors that sell local wares.

Sakaemachi Arcade is a bustling, slightly run-down market area that’s big on character and offers insights into the city’s past.

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