Okinawa Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by Ewingjr98
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by Ewingjr98
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by Ewingjr98

Okinawa Off The Beaten Path

  • SAFETY TRAFFIC TOWER!

    In the town of Ginowan, Okinawa, stands a fat tower with the English words "SAFETY TRAFFIC TOWER." Such an unusual phrase for a monument, what could this mean?Apparently it was build in honor of the 1964 Olympic torch relay, hence the flames on top of the tower. The wording supposedly is a wish for safe traffic at this busy intersection. Very...

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  • Ryukyu Islands Surrender Site

    The Battle of Okinawa lasted about 82 days, from April through June 1945. The battle ended, the military commander of Okinawa did not surrender until 7 September 1945, five days after the nation surrendered to the allies on the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay.The official surrender of the Japanese forces on Okinawa and the Rykyu Islands took place on...

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  • Ryukyu Tombs on Kadena Air Base

    Kadena Air Base has a few ancient historical sites of the native Ryukyu people. Near gate 1 is one of the most prominent, a pair of large tombs facing into the afternoon sunset. These burial mounds are called kame kōbaka, or turtle-back tombs, and were modeled after tombs of the Chinese. Ryukyu TombsKadena AB has numerous Historical/Cultural...

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  • Hospital Cave on Kadena Air Base

    Next to Kadena Air Base's golf course is the entrance to a sealed off cave. This caves is said to have been a Japanese hospital in the days leading up to the American invasion of Okinawa. The caves was concealed behind the small peak and under the thick jungle canopy, and the only entrance protected by a heavy machine gun mount.In modern times, it...

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  • Diving with Whale Sharks

    My most amazing adventure in Okinawa was diving with whale sharks in Yomitan. Fisherman have two of these sharks in an enclosure out at sea,and you can scuba dive with them for only $115 for 35 minutes. They are like big puppy dogs. For more details, see my web page http://www.infiltec.com/oki-0902/

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  • Mount Katsu

    This is another nice hike that will take you about 3 1/2 hours round trip. Go to Nago, take 449 of off 58. Make a right after 72 and follow the sign to Mount Katsu entrance. Park and start climbing the stairs. It will take you about 45 minutes to get to the top. Some people just enjoy the view and turn around. If you want to keep going once on top...

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  • Yamada Stone Bridge Trail

    This is a nice moderate hike that will take you about 45 minutes up and 45 back down. On top you have a great view of Okinawa. You'll be able to see the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean at the same time.To get there go north on 58, make a right at the light before the Renaissance Hotel (Onna Village), go around a curve or two you'll see a ramp...

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  • Enjoy the aromas and colors of a local...

    Visit one of Okinawa's markets and you will soon be sucked into a world of unique smells, tastes, sounds, and sites. Okinawans have a great love for fresh food and the island's markets are a gateway to local cuisine. One of the best markets to visit is the Makishi Market located off of Heiwa Dori in Naha City. Although it has become popular with...

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  • Beach Camping Okinawa

    This is a great thing to do if you like camping. Find yourself an out of the way beach and settle in for the night or the weekend. Now you are going to wonder how to fing that secluded beach. This is where it might get tricky; if you are lucky you have a friend that's been here a while and he/she will give you directions. If you don't know anybody...

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  • A island built for one

    I took a ferry boat to Tokashiki Island, a small island about an hours boat ride from Naha. My ticket cost 2800 yen ($25.20). There werent' a whole heck of a lot of passengers. I would guess there were about 15 of us on this huge boat. The water is beautiful tourqoise. I could see all kinds of tropical fish swimming around. I threw on a pair of...

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  • See an Okinawan-style Bullfight!

    Okinawan bullfights are popular with locals around the island, but they are seldom seen by visitors. Most of the information for upcoming bullfight events is in Japanese, but if you go to the city government offices of places where bullfighting arenas exist--( such as Okinawa City, Ishikawa, and Chinen)-- you should be able to get some information....

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  • Festivals

    Okinawa has an amazing amount of festivals that occur throughout the year. One of the most popular is the Obon festival, which includes the Eisa dance. During Obon it is said that ancestral spirits visit the homes of Okinawans. During this three-day event there is plenty of drinking and eating. On the last day, Eisa dancers and drummers can be seen...

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  • Ryukyu Dancing

    The exquisite beauty of Ryukyu dancing can be seen at many festivals and dance theatres around the island. The dances can be traced back to the Ryukyu Kingdom Era. The two most popular forms of dance are classical and folk. Classical dances were performed at the royal court while folk dances were a way for common citizens to express and enjoy...

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  • Asumui Prayer Site (Kohgoh Sekirinzan...

    With geological formations that date back to over 200,000,000 years ago, Asumui is considered the most ancient piece of landform on Okinawa Island. Its "Lord of the Rings" atmosphere and interesting plantlife have begun to draw attention, but it is still off the beaten track for most tourists. Asumui is also much more than a nature park; it is one...

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  • Iriomote Island

    Iriomote is like Okinawa's wild frontier. It is located near Ishigaki Island and the entire island is a national park. Iriomote is famous for its jungle-like terrain and rare species of flora and fauna. Its most famous inhabitant is the Iriomote Wildcat, which was discovered as a new species of cat endemic to Iriomote in the 1960's. There are many...

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  • Taketomi

    Taketomi Island can be reached by ferry via Ishigaki. It is a tiny island with traditional Okinawan-style homes and a very laid-back atmosphere. Most people rent bikes and enjoy the day riding around the island's coral-sand streets. There are no big resorts, so accommodations are limited to small family-run hotels and cottages. There are also a few...

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  • Orange Picking

    During the winter months, the weather is nice when the sun comes out with mild temperatures that climb above 20 degrees centigrade. This is the perfect time to visit Motobu Peninsula and pick oranges. Farmers take you to a field and charge you a set fee to enter. Once inside, you can eat as many organges as you like. (This sounds like a bargain,...

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  • Catch a ferry to the Kerama Islands

    Okinawa's outer islands are a haven for Japanese beach lovers, snorkelers, and SCUBA divers, but they are seldom visited by non-Japanese. Some of the islands are very small with nothing to do except go to the beach, so if you are looking for nightlife, this may not be the ideal destination. However, if you want some peace and quiet, I recommend the...

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  • Waterfalls

    There is nothing like cooling off on a hot summer day by swimming at a waterfall. Northern Okinawa has several waterfalls, some are easy to get to while others require a bit of effort. Hiji waterfall - a 30 meter cascade of water - is one of the more popular treks with a nice wooden walkway that runs along and over the Hiji River. You can stop...

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  • Nature Walks

    A great way to see some really beautiful scenery on Okinawa is to just walk. There are many parks with trails and also old farm roads near the coast and in the hills that provide an easy trek through nature. The further north you go, the better the scenery becomes.

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  • Zakimi Castle ruins park

    If you want to fill some time you can head up to ZakiMI Castle. This castle was built in the 15th century but the only thing remaining now are the outer walls. The UNESCO designated this Heritage site along with a lot of the castle in Okinawa. Just outside the outer wall they have a small park where you can have a quiet picnic or enjoy a nice...

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  • Pottery anyone?

    Located here in Yomitan village is a place where you can haggle for some awesome pottery works. I'm not much of a shopper but my female friends enjoy this village for some reason. Price starts around 500 yen (about $5) and some works can reach up to thousands of dollars. During the third weekend of December I was told that they hold an annual sale....

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  • manza cliffs

    Manzamo is look out point where over 10000 people at one time can sit on the cliffs and enjoy the awesome view. I was told that an Okinawa poet wrote a poem about this spot for the ryukyuan kings after meditating at this spot. Sitting in ths spot might inspire you to do that.

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  • Suicide cliffs

    Cape Kyan is the place where some of the clashes of battle of Okinawa took place. Many Japanese soldiers and Okinawans committed suicides to escape the atrocities by jumping of the cliff

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  • Snorkeling

    One of the best things I did in Okinawa was snorkel. But because a typhoon had rolled by, the water was really too cloudy to see all the coral. The beaches are beautiful & the water is warm. There are coral reefs located just about everywhere. Okinawa has approximately 380 species of coral, whereas the Caribbean Sea has around 75. It's known that...

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  • Cape Hedo

    Way off the beaten path of southern Okinawa, Cape Hedo is a solitary place at the northernmost point of Okinawa. There is a monument dedicated to Okinawa 'remerging' with Japan. The scenery is unforgettable.

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  • Naha Festival

    Don't miss the biggest event in Naha, Okinawa which held once a year if you were visiting Okinawa in October.

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