Shuri Castle is the largest of Okinawas castles. It is located in the southern part of the island in Naha. It makes for a great tour for the day. It has so much history and intersting sights. Once inside the actual castle, pictures are not allowed, but there are several other areas to take some great pictures.
Nago pineapple winery is a great place to visit if you're up in the area. You can do a tour in a cute pineapple carts. Though the whole tour is in Japanese it is still a very intersting ride. After the ride, you can tour the winery and taste some of the amazing pineapple wine. Inside the gift shop you will find anything and everything you can think of in pineapples...candy, snacks, cakes, drinks, keychains, photo frames...the list is endless. Some of the items are a bit pricy, but make some good souviners. The Nago Pineapple Park is definitely worth a visit. They are open everyday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is ¥500 for adults, ¥250 for children, and free for all children ages six and under. Admission includes a tour in a pineapple car, admission to the shell museum, and all the pineapple and pineapple wine you can eat and drink.
Hedo point is the northernmost point on the island. It has an amazing view that on a clear day will go on for miles. The rock cliffs are so astounding, the water unbeliveable. There is also a musem out there with photos and artifacts. Make a trip out here, you won't regret it!
....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 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.
This is a nice place for a stroll along the water amid the giant concrete "jacks" in place to protect the houses from storms and rough seas. This is a popular scuba diving area, as well as a good spot for jogging and other land-based activities!
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.
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.
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 placeiUnparalleled viewj 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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