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    Okinawan Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 3, 2014

    The Okinawan Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum and the Okinawa Memorial Peace Park the located at the southern end of Okinawa. The park contains rows of granite walls that list the names of every person to die on Okinawa during the battle. The site also contains a large wooden Buddha statue, said to be one of the biggest wooden Buddhas in the world. The area also has a large museum.

    300 Yen Admission

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    Mabuni Cliff (aka suicide cliff)

    by Ewingjr98 Written Apr 2, 2014

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    By the end of the Battle of Okinawa, 14,000 American soldiers had given their lives, along with some 220,000 Japanese soldiers and civilians. Almost a quarter of the civilians who lived on Okinawa perished, leaving some towns wiped off maps. At Mabuni Cliff, which is also known in English as Suicide Cliff, it is said that thousands of civilians leaped to their deaths near the end of the battle. Okinawans tell tales of Japanese soldiers ordering the suicides of civilians or even handing them grenades so as t end their own lives. Many did kill themselves following rumors that the Americans would torture, rape or kill them.

    Today Mabuni Hill is the site of the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum, where the names of all the dead are etched into stone monuments above the cliffs.

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    Mihama American Village, Chatan

    by Ewingjr98 Written Mar 23, 2014

    American Village is the name of an entertainment, shopping and dining area north of Naha in Chatan. Located near some of the biggest U.S. military installations on Okinawa, American Village caters to the military members and their families. The ferris wheel is visible from miles away, and the beach here is very nice and well protected. Other attractions are the Aeon Mall and the 7-screen movie theater. Along the water is a nice biking and walking trail, and it is a popular fishing area.

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    Urasoe Castle

    by Ewingjr98 Written Mar 14, 2014

    The Urasoe Castle site contains the ruins of what was once the largest castle in Okinawa. Constructed in the 13th Century as the seat of the Chuzan Kingdom, the middle of Okinawa's three realms. About 200 years later, the castle was destroyed during a war that unified the three Okinawan kingdoms, and the capital was moved a short distance to Shuri. Parts of the castle were rebuilt for a local chieftain in the 1500s, but this structure was destroyed in 1609.

    Today the site of the castle is a huge park belonging to Urasoe City. The castle was built on a tall hill with a 360 degree vantage point, so it overs great panoramic views in most directions, even today.

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    The City of Urasoe

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 14, 2014

    Urasoe is a city in Okinawa, just north of the Island's capital city, Naha. Today the population is over 100,000 people, a huge increase from the 4,000 or so residents before the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. In fact, Urasoe was in the middle of the battle for the island, and nearly half of its citizens were killed in the war.

    In its earliest days, Urasoe was the capital of Okinawa, hence the presence of the old castle site and the Urasoe tombs. The capital moved to nearby Shuri in the 14th or early 15th Century.

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    Urasoe Yodore Tombs

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 14, 2014

    Urasoe Yodore are ancient royal tombs located at the Urasoe Castle site in the Okinawan city of Urasoe. This mausoleum, carved out of a westward-facing hillside, overlooks the Marine base at Camp Kinzer and the distant coastline. When you arrive at the parking area, walk to the left and down a steep set of stairs to get to the tomb entrance. There is no cost to visit, and, of course, you cannot go in the tombs!

    The tombs, created in 1261, house the remains of three Ryukyu kings. Okinawan King Eiso is entombed here, and he was also credited with creating the tomb. The interior of the tomb is said to contain Chinese stone and Buddhist statues.

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    Kin Town Red Beach

    by kenmerk Written Apr 13, 2013

    When the weather is rough and winds are blowing, here is one dive site that you can still probably get a good dive out of. I only had one day to dive in Okinawa, which unfortunately fell into the above two categories... Still it was a fun day out, and you can get a great big meal of Taco Rice in Kin Town after the diving is done...

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    Sunabe Sea Wall Night Diving...

    by kenmerk Written Apr 13, 2013

    Easy to get to and very easy entry/exit for night diving at Sunabe. You can find an array of night critters here. The only thing I would do differently is to come back in the summer time, as the water is still pretty chilly in April. (a balmy 67 F, or so says the dive computer...)

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    Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

    by didier06 Written Feb 13, 2012

    This marine aquarium opened in 2002 is currently the second largest aquarium in the world.
    You can see corals, créatures of the deep sea , rays and sharks. In the main aquarium whale sharks and manta rays move with other species.

    Prices: Adults 1800yens
    high school 1200 yens
    elementary/ junior 600 yens
    under 6 years old free

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    Pineapple park

    by didier06 Updated Feb 13, 2012

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    Small park at NAGO, kids will probably have fun, adults hum......except if you are passionate about pineaple.

    The store offers a great choice of products derived from pineapple.

    Price : Adults 500 yens
    Children 250 yens

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    Seifa Utaki

    by KevinMichael Updated Oct 6, 2011

    Seifa Utaki was registered as a part of a World Heritage site in December of 2000 specifically the Gusuku Sites and parts of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It had once been used Okinawan chieftains and as a holy site. It's a beautiful place for prayer and relaxing the mind.

    200 yen admission

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    Shurijo Castle

    by KevinMichael Written Oct 6, 2011

    Shurijo Castle was my first none Japanese castle to see in Japan. Built sometime in the 13th to 14th century, it's marvelous in how it differs from all the other Japanese castles I've seen.

    Being that I'm into castles and history, it was worth seeing it.

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    Watch the Sunrise

    by KevinMichael Written Oct 6, 2011

    I got up early so I could see the Sunrise a few times. In Japan, when I ask kids to draw a picture of the sun, the funny thing is that they color it red. The sun is RED? I think Japanese kids are taught that the sun is red much as they are taught a green traffic light is blue and tigers are yellow. Well, if they're basing it on sunrise (or sunset) then I can see why they might think of it as being red. The flag of Japan is all connected with this idea. That's right that big red dot on the white flag is the SUN.

    The Tale of How Green Lights Became Blue

    The traffic light problem started a long time ago when some samurai were marching along aside their shogun (who was on a horse) and one samurai said, "Hey, look at that green star up there." "Where?" said the shogun who could only see one star between the cloud cover.
    "There!" pointed the samurai. "Where?!" said the shogun. "Ther..." But, before he could finish the shogun chopped off his head with his katana. "You lie...", said the shogun,"it's blue!!!"
    There after, all the rest of the samurai agreed with the shogun despite what there eyes were really telling them. Later it was found the shogun was suffering from color blindness. But, the damage and the overall impact on Japanese history had already taken it's toll. It was too late to change. And back then, in Japan change was slow and never easy. So, green lights are blue even to this day in Japan.

    Don't get me started on yellow tigers.

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    Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

    by DEVINE308 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    If you are like me and too chicken to go snorkeling this place is really great to see the ocean life. Also for the kids there is a great dolphin show! You also get to see other marine life such as turtles, manatees, and more. My daughter didn't stop talking about it for 3 months and we plan to go back again soon. It's also attached to the Ocean Expo Park which I hope to take better advantage of next we go since we arrived late. So get there early and don't miss out on anything!

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  • Okinawa Aquarium

    by Lildeer Updated Apr 4, 2011

    One of the best in the world, this is THE number one tourist destination in Okinawa. Here you can observe whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, and a see a dolphin show that rivals Sea World presentations.

    Admission is 1800 yen (currently about $18 USD) for an entire day of family fun.

    For fun, look for the sign at the refreshment cafe that advertises "coke froats".

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