Will be in Naha at noon on September 21, 2010 by cruiseship and want to visit Shuri Castle, how could I get there from the port? How long the round-trip usually taken (the ship leaves at 8:00 PM)? Is the selftrip is more economical than the tour trip offered by the cruisship ($125)? Thanks a lot for any timely help!
From my Naha-page:
Directely at the ships-dock there was a taxi-company with a person talking english and he had a list of some organized taxitours for prefixed prices, so this might be a good idea in case that you dont want to pay the mostly overpriced tours of your cruise-company.
prices are per car for a maximum of 4 passengers per taxi:
Shurijo Castle - 2 hours 6880 YEN
Former Jp. Navy Underground H.Q. - 3 hours : 10320 YEN
Himeyuri Monument - 4 hours : 13760 YEN
Ryukyu Glass Mura - 5 hours : 17200 YEN
To the city the taxifare is about 1400 YEN
In case that you arrive in Naha by cruiseship you should be aware of the fact that the town of Naha is almost 7km from the cruiseport and it is the best to take a taxi in order to get to town.
Dont forget to take a piece of paper with you that has the ships adress for the taxidriver written also in japanese writing, we got that at the pursers office of our ship M/S Delphin Voyager. The drivers might be able to speak a bit english, but very often when you ask to be taken to the port, they think its the airport !
The Monorail in Naha is almost brand-new as it was opened in 2003 and as a foreigner the only thing that might be a problem for you there is how to get a ticket from the machine without beeing able to read japanese.
The Monorail starts at the airport and has about 15 stops before it finally ends next to Shuri-castle, so it is the perfect way of transport for tourists and you also see some interesting parts of the town from the train, that is gliding high above the street-level through town.
The fare of the monorail for 5 stations was 230 YEN one way and trains were running every 10 minutes.
We must have looked very desperate and in fact we also were unable to find the right buttons to press in order to get a ticket for the Monorail. But that nice man who was in charge of supervising the station came out of his counter and explaned it for us. He did not speak any english, but we understood anyway.
You get your ticket and then you have to put it into a small machine that will open the bars for you when entering the Monorail-area.
I made my tour on my own and payed a total of about 30 euros for taxi to and fro, (shared with 2 other people) monorail,
Suri-palace + Teahouse, lunch, icecream
US-$ or euros are not accepted in Okinawa !
There is NO bank at the pier when you come by ship
banks in the city are open between 09.00am and 03.00pm
The city is about 7 km from the cruiseport
Taxidrivers will mostly speak no english
Take a paper with the docks-adress written in Japanese with you
The tourist-info in port will give you that paper !
Shops are open : 09.00am till 07.00pm
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