Okinawa Travel Guide

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Okinawa Things to Do

  • Shurijo Castle

    This largest castle in Okinawa was built at the end of 14th century. Distroyed during the WW II/the war of Okinawa in 1945, and re-opened in 1992 after a six years of planning and rebuilding.

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  • Okinawa World

    Enjoy and eisa drum show, a glass blowing center, a pottery village, an awamori shop (to include habu saki), and a reptile museum. You'll get to see a handler agitate a cobra and watch a habu compete with a mongoose.

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  • Festival Schedule

    February- 22 Feb - Okinawa Marathon- 28 Feb - National Biscuit Day- 29 Feb (1000-1700) - Okinawa International Festival (Okinawa Children's Zoo)March- 4 Mar (1400-2200) - Shashin Day - Yomitan Village Culture Center- 7 Mar - Benoki Dam Festival & Marathon (Benoki Dam, Kunigami Village)- 21 Mar - Higashi Village Azalea Festival (Azalea Eco Park,...

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  • Japanese Pro Baseball

    Winter camps for mainland Japan's professional baseball league are held in Okinawa.Nago - Nippon Ham FightersUrasoe - Yakult SwallowsOkinawa City - Hiroshima CarpGinowan City - Yokohama BaystarsMiyako Island - OrixGinoza - Hanshin Tigers

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  • Ie Island

    Take a Ferry from Motobu (west of Nago) to the island famous for being the site of famed WWII reporter Ernie Pyle's death/memorial and for it's annual lily festival. Rent a bike on the beach and take a ride around the island.

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  • Cape Zanpa

    Heading out to see the great lighthouse on Cape Zanpa pack up some carrots and celery for the animals. There is a place to see goats, ducks and rabbits close up and your kids can feed them through a fence. Also you will see the largest ShiShi that I have yet to see!

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Okinawa Restaurants

  • Authentic Italian food in Okinawa

    My fiance`and I met one of the chefs (Pierro) while out on the town in Okinawa one night. I felt this restaurant is rather tucked away and not a lot of information available about it, hence why I wanted to write a raving review. I would have never found this hidden gem if we didn't meet him.There are two chefs, both from Italy - Roma and Venice, so...

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  • Japanese Taco Bell

    As with everything else in Japan it may be called the same, but it's different. This one is a good different. The tacos at Tacos-ya are one of my favorite meals. The shells are freshly made and all the ingredients fresh down to the ground beef, lettuce and tomatoes. The taco sauce is also made fresh. Try the taco sticks (meat and cheese filled egg...

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  • Traditional Okinawa Food

    Not really large restaurant, but traditional style sit on the floor or regular tables and chairs available. Vegetarians will love the Okinawa style food, but meat lovers have only fish and chicken to choose from. To wet your whistle make sure to try the Chu Hai. English menus and they do take dollars. Sea food salad is a great combination of fresh...

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  • Great Food

    If you go to Obbligato's expecting Tex-Mex, you'll be greatly disappointed. This is Mexican food with an Okinawan touch, and while it may not be authentic, there are many delicious meals to try. Carnitas

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  • Best Hawaiian on Island

    This is one of my favorite places to eat in Okinawa...I ate here once or twice a week for almost 3 years. The food is better than I've even had in Hawaii. Here's a sample of the menu:- Hawaiian style sweet and sour spare ribs- Kalua Pork- Mahi Mahi served in a variety of ways- Shoyu Chicken- Teriyaki beef/chicken/mahi mahi- Roast pork or beefThey...

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  • Tan Tans - Spicy Ramen

    This is one of my favorite restaurants in Okinawa. I like to sit at the bar area and read while I enjoy my spicy ramen.Ichibantei is a nationwide chain if you can't make it to Okinawa. Order the Tantan-men Set to get Kimchee, Spicy Ramen, Rice and Gyoza in one set.Mild - Tantan-mei (sesame and Miso based)Hot - Super Tantan-menPork Ramen -...

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Okinawa Nightlife

  • Night Life Okinawa

    Is known as the first Club Style Bar in Okinawa, 3 years in and they are still going strong. Bar Spade is legendary among the military as well as locals. Just tell any cab driver Bar Spade in Naha City and he will know where to take you. Open till 7am with 500yen drinks, check out the web site www.barspade.com or add them on Face Book, this is the...

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  • A Party Bus that will show you all the...

    They came and picked me and 30 of my friends up at futenma with a Party Bus. There flat rate included all we could drink on the bus, round trip transportation, even a free drink at the bar! They invited several local girls to come with us too. The girls were pretty hot and most of them wanted to improve there English. The Party Bus took us all the...

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  • A Party Bus that will show you all the...

    They came and picked me and 30 of my friends up at futenma with a Party Bus. There flat rate included all we could drink on the bus, round trip transportation, even a free drink at the bar! They invited several local girls to come with us too. The girls were pretty hot and most of them wanted to improve there English. The Party Bus took us all the...

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Okinawa Transportation

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    by dgines Written May 31, 2010

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    You can use Okito Taxi for Tours, Transportation, School Trips, etc....

    Local & Cell Phone: 0120-23-5477
    Camp Foster Area: 637-5900
    Kadena AB: 634-5900
    Camp Courtney: 622-5900

    Taxis take cash or credit

    Other Services:
    - Jumbo Taxis (9 capacity)
    - Mini Buses (19 capacity)
    - Buses (25 capacity)
    - Jumbo Buses (45 capacity)

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Okinawa Shopping

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    by dgines Written May 31, 2010

    Sit in a massage chair and immerse your feet in a hot bath until they're ready to be pampered and beautified! You can get just plain solid colors or pay a bit extra to get some very intricate designs.

    Open
    Monday - Saturday
    1000-2000

    Sunday
    0900-1900

    What to buy: A pedicure!

    What to pay: $20-$40 depending on the service

    Map to Cocok Prices back in 2006

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Okinawa Tourist Traps

  • by popeye68 Written Sep 19, 2007

    All the hype about gate 2 kadena is just that... hype and drunken military braggards trying to impress their buddies. I was on gate 2 in 94-99 and I live here again now, yes it was a wild place then. Now that GWOT is going on there is a world wide crack down on human trafficking and most of the old bars that were the top rated spots are closed because they can't bribe enough people to get the visa's and passports for the girls to work in the bars. So if someone tells you about how mush sex theyr'e getting at gate 2 they just told you a good lie. If you are lucky enough to meet and have sex with some young Japanese girls in the gate 2 area, chances are most of Kadena has been there too. Hopefully you wont meet the girl who gives you something to remember her by (STD's). If you like 60 year old fat nasty Japanese women then whisper alley is the place for you. Thats about all the action still ongoing at gate 2. The only other old school attraction is the Banana show which features an old Japanese lady who performs tricks with her banana boyfriend which she usualy serves up the banana after the show for drunken soldiers who think its cool to eat the banana. The best way I have found to meet nice ladies in Okinawa is stay away from gate 2 area and go see the island. There are lots of lovely ladies wanting to meet guys and some enjoy sex but that does'nt mean you will have sex everytime you meet a Japanese lady in Okinawa. You have to do it the old fashioned way... work for it. Besides, who wants a wife or girlfriend that with the same tatoo on her butt as McDonalds..... "Billions and Billions Served". Gate 2 is a money pit and thats all. When the girls in the bar promise you sex, what they mean to say is they are going to screw you out of your money.

    Unique Suggestions: Don't go.

    Fun Alternatives: Get off base and see the island and do some tours and meet some real people.

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Okinawa What to Pack

  • by sundanz Written May 30, 2006

    Luggage and bags: There are laundries here so pack lightly. Our luggage was delayed 3 days from usa, so pack complete change of clothing in your carry-on

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We were here during the rainy season, bring an umbrella, if not for the rain, to shade yourself from the sun. Comfortable walking shoes a must.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring all your own meds including any over -the - counter items you may need. Pharmacies do not sell all products that are available in usa.

    Photo Equipment: We had a digital camera, but saw lots of Fuji photo stores that sold disposable camreas, film and offered film developing

    Miscellaneous: the weater here was hot and humid, leave the shorts at home, crop pants work well.

    Street in Okinawa City Botanical Gardens Northern most point--Cape Hedo Classical Ryukyu dancing Naha  the monorail
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Okinawa Off The Beaten Path

  • USO - Tunnel Rats Tour

    Explore several caves that served as shelter during WWII and the Battle of Okinawa Historical Society museum. Keep a look out for old coins, rounds and other great finds.Make sure you wear study shoes, a hat, flashlight/head lamp, gloves and old clothing.

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  • Best food in Okinawa!!!

    There is a salt factory on the way to to Ikei Island... I have no idea what the name was (maybe it was Yukishio), but there is only one salt factory in the area. Just ask around once you are in the area and you will find the place. The entrance is right off the main road. Definitely worth checking out. Just thinking about this restaurant makes my...

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Okinawa Sports & Outdoors

  • Scuba, Scuba, Scuba

    Okinawa is an excellent place for diving. If you are military or a dependent, you can take advantage of the most inexpensive PADI dive courses you'll find anywhere in the world.There are many options for dive sites all around the island.- Sunabe Seawall- Oura Wan Bay- Horseshoe Beach- Toilet Bowl- Hedo Point Rental equipment is inexpensive through...

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  • Marathons

    Okinawa has 2 marathons: the Naha Marathon and the Okinawa Marathon.Both marathons are held annually. The Naha Marathon is in December and the Okinawa Marathon in February. It has rained during both marathons in the past.

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Okinawa Favorites

  • by saraguev Written Dec 28, 2007

    Favorite thing: Okinawa has beautiful coasts, beaches and surrounding islands. It is difficult for a foreigner to travel alone because most of the people does not speak english.
    There are many travel agencies. I used Jumbo Tours ( http://www.jumbotours.co.jp/en/ ). They have english speaking staff so you won't have any problems to communicate. They can arrange hotel, tickets and car.

    Fondest memory: The landscapes are superb. Good for family trip if you visit the Aquarium or if you stay in one of their beaches. I went on december. The weather is variable. So you can have a rainy one today and a sunny and hot tomorrow. Rent a car and explore the roads. You also have nice spots for diving and surfing.

    Cape Hedo
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