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    Shuri-jo: Castle of the Ryukyu Kings

    by AKtravelers Updated Dec 10, 2009

    ....Originally built in the 1470's on a bluff high over southern Okinawa, Shuri Castle served as the seat of power for 14 Ryukyu kings until their trading empire was annexed by Imperial Japan in t he 1870's. An island kingdom, the Ryukyus made their profit and built their power through trade, reaching their zenith in the late 16th century, even though they were always a tributary state to China. Many of the arifacts scattered around the castle grounds speak to the multitude of cultures with which they were in contact, and you can see architectural influences from China, Korea and Japan in the castle. Of course, the castle was reduced to slivers during the battle of Okinawa, but reconstructed in the early 1990's based on photographs and painitings of the old structure. The only difference is that the current Shuri Castle is built 70 cm higher than the older one, so that the original foundation, which survived the blasting, could be preserved.
    ....Shuri Castle is one of 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Japan, and is staffed by men in traditional court dress. I found it to be very small compared to its Korean and Japanese counterparts, but very colorful.

    The main building and courtyard of Shuri-jo Okinawan students in the courtyard The entrance to the castle grounds THe Shuri-jo throne room
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    Okinawa Peace Park: Rememberance

    by AKtravelers Written Dec 10, 2009

    The Battle of Okinawa was the biggest fight of the Pacific War, lasting 82 days in 1945. During that time, peace was made in Europe and the allies could turn their full attention towards defeating Japan. However, the Imperial Army and Navy made it clear that they would fight valiantly for every inch of Japanese territory. More than 230,000 people died -- almost half of them Okinawans, some innocent by-standing civilians, others forcefully drafted into the fight by their overlords. Having just been annexed into Japan about 70 years earlier, it's likely that most Okinawans would have preferred to have just been left alone.
    ....In 1995, on the 40th anniversary of the ferocious battle, Okinawa Peace Park was dedicated to all the people who lost their lives during the 82 days of hell. Low walls of names run for rows under shady trees, with space for more as research uncovers more victims (yes, names are still being added). The names are American, Japanese, Okinawan and Korean, the latter group mostly consisting of conscripted labor used to build tunnels and fortifications. It's a very sobering place to spend a few hours.
    ....There is also a museum and observation tower at the Peace Park.

    Okinawa Peace Park from on high Walls with names
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  • Arahama Beach Kumejima Island, Okinawa Japan

    by kennooo Written Jan 1, 2009

    Situated in the South West of Kumejima Island, Arahama Beach has a rocky shore and is used more for snorkeling and watching the beautiful sunset. You will also find many locals here barbequing and having small beach parties with family and friends all year round. There is a toilet at Arahama beach but unfortunately no showers.

    Arahama Beach Kumejima Island
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    OKINAWA Fruit land

    by moacha Updated Jan 29, 2008

    OKINAWA Fruit land is the institution which was full of the nature of the subtropical zone which consists of three zones, fruit, a butterfly, and a bird.
    The 30 or more kind thing Torrid Zone fruit tree has fruited inside the garden.
    In the butterfly zone, no less than the 1000 greatest butterflies "OOGOMADARA" in Japan are dancing wildly.In a bird zone, "food is given" experience of the little bird of the colorful Torrid Zone is made. In the largest fruit zone, new fruit, such as world's largest fruits "jackfruit", fruits.
    A fruit trekking can be enjoyed inside a garden [ which was wrapped in the sweet scent ]. This is a tropical kingdom. From entrance time 9:00 a.m. to 18:00. The admission fee of 800 yen.

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    Kongou Sekirinzan ( theme park of a "stone" )

    by moacha Updated Jan 29, 2008

    The stones in Kongou Sekirinzan are the only tropical Karst topography in Japan.
    which the limestone of 200 million years ago eroded over long years by rain water etc. Although the state where the limestone is exposed to a karst plateau like a tower is called "PINAKURU", Kongou Sekirinzan's PINAKURU is no less than 10m, and the scene which bristles with the huge rock megalith which rose steeply violently cannot be seen in other plases.
    There are temperate and tropical in Karst topography and Kongou Sekirinzan is the tropical karst at the northernmost tip in the world.
    The feature of tropical karst is cone karst and can be seen here at two places.
    Standing close together of huge strangely shaped rocks and strange stone here is felt like although gods designed and sculptured completely.
    Barrier-free course, Forest course, Strangely shaped rocks and a megalith course, Holy placeiUnparalleled viewj course, Inside a garden is divided into four courses. Every course is about 700m distance. A characteristic scene can be enjoyed to each.You can inspect a barrier-free course now also with a rainy day or a wheelchair.
    These photographes are the way and scene of strangely shaped rocks and a megalith course.
    Entrance time is from 9:00 a.m. to 17:00.The price of an admission fee is 800 yen.

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    Shurijo Castle Park

    by moacha Updated Jan 29, 2008

    Shurijo Castle which is protected by the strong rampart and stands on the particularly slightly elevated hill of Shuri has continued prospering as a center of Ryukyu Kingdom for 450 years.Although it disappeared by war fire, the main hall etc. was restored in 1992. It registered with "world heritage" in 2000, and is loved as a symbol of Okinawa today.
    Shurijo Castle is situated in Naha city and its facilities are divided into 2 areas, the paid-entry inner area and the free outer ward. Shureimon and other points are available for viewing within the outer ward.From entrance time 9:00 a.m. to 18:00.
    The admission fee of 800 yen.

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    Naka-Gusuku

    by moacha Written Jan 29, 2008

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    Nakagusuku separates about 2km from the harbor of Yagi in where Trade was performed, and make clif of a hill a natural fort.
    it is famous for ruins remaining best in more than Gusuku ( 300 or more are in Okinawa ). Moreover, it was said that the high level of the construction-of-a-castle technology was of art, and high evaluation is receive historically
    The rampart was three kinds of building-blocks methods,when Perry admiral visited this in 1853,he admired the rampart technology.
    It is preeminent for the view from a rampart with an altitude of 160m, and you can command a whole view of the Pacific Ocean.
    The admission fee of 300 yen. From entrance time 8:30 a.m. to 16:30.

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    Ocean Expo Park

    by moacha Written Jan 29, 2008

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    Ocean Expo Park is largest park leisure facilities in Okinawa with a world's largest aquarium.
    It is divided into three zones. Ocean Zone with a beach that is called an emerald and the aquarium, Historical and Culture Zone in where There is an Okinawa hometown village and a time slip can be carried out to old Okinawa, Flowers and Greenery Zone in where In the tropical dream center, 2000 or more shares of runs were in all glory, and various tropical plants have grown thick.
    The show of a dolphin can see free. The charge of a tropical dream center is 600 yen.
    From entrance time 8:00 a.m. to 18:00. No charge for admission.
    Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ( From entrance time 8:30 a.m. to 17:30.The admission fee of 1800 yen. )The aquarium recreates the waters of Okinawa from the surface to the ocean floor. Come see 7.5-meter long whale sharks and huge manta rays, the largest of their kind.
    Here is the place which can enjoy the flower, the green, the sea, and culture of Okinawa fully to the maximum extent.

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    Sefa-Utaki

    by moacha Written Jan 29, 2008

    Sefa-Utaki registered into world heritage in 2000.
    The exact date of the foundation of Sefa-Utaki is not clear,but the official chronicle of the Ryukyu's Kingdom,titled Chuzan Seikan,says that it was one of the ritual stages created by Amamiku,the god who founded Ryukyu. In the early 15th century Sefa-Utaki had already estaburished itself as an independensable sanctuary in the Ryukyu Kingdom:the Ryukyuan king made pilgrimages to Sefa-Utaki and the ritual of Oaraori was performed by the kikoekimi highestpriestess. Lush sub-tropical forests and rocks in various picturesque shapes produce an awe-inspiring, forbidding atmosphere around Sefa-Utaki.
    The admission fee of 200 yen
    From entrance time 9:00 a.m. to 18:00

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    Tame-Gusuku

    by moacha Written Jan 29, 2008

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    Gusuku- It is the thing of the ruins of a castle which remain in Okinawa.
    There are some which are registered into world heritage, and there are still a ground of faith of people, i.e., a worship place, and some things currently used. It is said that the place in which a spirit of a departed person dwells is in untouched Gusuku.
    Although Tama-Gusuku is located in southern Okinawa and it is not world heritage, it is still the place of faith of people. It is a maniac tourist's visit place. If you walk on the building blocks of a bad stone pavement underfoot, you reach the castle gate of an arch where the hole opened is located in a place with a summit altitude of 180m. From here, you can see the Kudaka island and the wonderful scene has spread.
    Inspection free no charge.

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    FUKUGI roadside trees

    by moacha Updated Jan 29, 2008

    The FUKUGI colony adjoins Ocean Expo park.
    FUKUGI that used as a windbreak a long time ago,are located in a line with both the sides of a thin alley, it looks like a tunnel.Here is FUKUGI roadside trees.
    Recommendation takes a walk the inside of the colony in which nostalgia is given somehow. There is a water buffalo vehicle. The price of the sight-seeing which takes a water buffalo vehicle is 500 yen.

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    Tonan Botanical Garden

    by moacha Updated Jan 29, 2008

    Tonan Botanical Garden is a theme park in the central part of Okinawa.
    The plants of about 2000 kinds of the torrid zones and the subtropical zone are planted.
    There is Polynesian lake in it and the resort of the waterside is directed.
    " Karaku-sai "was held in mid-January, when I came here.
    The plants of about 2000 kinds of the torrid zones and the subtropical zone are planted.
    January is cold every year, it is very rare for us to see the flower of a bougainvillea.
    It is "karakusai" that means flower-enjoy-festival this year, 1000 flowers of a bougainvillea were passionately in all glory on the slope of a 1000-square meter hill this year.
    The bougainvillea is grown all over the world centering on the torrid zone and the subtropical zone with the beautiful colorful flower color.
    That it is visible to a flower is carrying out the vivid color by the leaf. The kind of a bougainvillea is abundant in the present, the typical Mrs. bat of Buttiana has a crimson leaf, and it is a kind often seen in Okinawa.
    The price of an admission fee is 1000 yen.Entrance time is from 9:00 a.m. to 17:30.

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    Neo Park Okinawa

    by moacha Updated Jan 29, 2008

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    Neo Park Okinawa breed the animals and plants of the tropics
    The inside of a park is divided into three ares,Oceania, Central America, and Africa. It breeds in the state of pasturage of the animals and plants which live in various places, We can contact them,naturally.
    There is an underwater tunnel. The figure in which the freshwater fish of the South America Amazon River, such as 2m [ in full length ] huge fish PIRARUKU and KOROSOMA, sails calmly is force.
    The engine which left the station reproducing the narrow-gauge railway which was running Okinawa goes around inside the garden on a full-scale railroad with the tunnel with an iron bridge prewar days. At a highlight, it once stops and the ecology of an animal is explained at it.
    This is an animals-and-plants garden of Okinawa no place but.
    Entrance time is from 9:00 a.m. to 18:00.The price of an admission fee is 630 yen. The Okinawa narrow-gauge railway entrainment charge is 600 yen.

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    Nago Pineapple Park

    by moacha Updated Jan 29, 2008

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    Nago Pineapple Park is the theme park of a pineapple which 100 kinds of pineapples are grown and can inspect 50 kinds of pineapple trees.
    The cart of automatic operation which carried out the form of the pineapple.We ride it.
    This lovely cart with a voice guide shows us to the greenhouse and tropical garden where a pineapple field and a tropical plant grow luxuriantly.
    We can study the kind, history and the origin of pineapple in a pineapple scientific library, and the brewing course of pineapple wine and pineapple factory can be seen.
    Souvenirs of Okinawa, such as sponge cake, cakes and a pie, make from a pineapple have assembled.is “ Hai Sai Ichiba “
    The sample of wine can be performed and a pineapple is all-you-can-eat.
    To the full, we can enjoy the fruit "pineapple" which represents Okinawa.
    Entrance time is from 9:00 a.m. to 18:00.The price of an admission fee is 500 yen.

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    Hikansakura in Nakijin-jo

    by moacha Updated Jan 29, 2008

    In Okinawa, the cherry tree which blooms earliest in Japan in January can be seen.
    It is Hikansakura.
    Hikansakura has the feature which blooms from north to south.
    Here is Nakijin in a northern part of Okinawa. The Nakijin ruins of a castle are world heritage, it has left the grand rampart soon and many worship places and Utaki are scattered in the rich green mountains of the circumference.
    The Nakijin castle is impregnable castle in the mountain built in the 14th century before the Ryukyu Kingdom formation, and its scale is also large.
    Gusuku,for exsample, Nakijin-jo shows the culture unique to Ryukyu built by the exchange with Japan, China, and the countries in Southeast Asia, and is also residents' mental ground in symbolic existence of the Ryukyu society.
    Entrance time is from 9:30 a.m. to 17:00.The price of an admission fee is 400 yen.

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