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    Hedo Point

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hedo Point, the northernmost tip of Okinawa. This is a fantastic area of sheer stone cliffs and huge breaking waves. Supposedly, the Okinawans once lit bonfires here in a gesture symbolizing their attmept to reunite with mainland Japan. This point is where the Pacific Ocean and East China Sea meet, and makes for an excellent dive site when tides are right.

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    Naha Great Tug of War

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Every few months in the city of Naha, there is a "Great Tug of War." This popular spectacle involves thousands of people pulling a giant one meter thick tug of war rope in the middle of the city streets! This is a wonderful all day event that also has food stands and music.

    Each of the two ropes is six feet in diameter, over 300 meters long, weighs some 40 tons, and is made of rice straw. Since 1997 the rope used for this event has held the Guinness world record for largest natural rope, and the rope is made longer each year. It takes 16 people 45 days to create this monstrous rope.

    This event has been ongoing in Okinawa for some 400 years, halting only during World War II. Locals used to believe the custom would bring fertility and happiness.

    The tug of war is part of the annual Ryukyu Kingdom Festival. The festival includes music, parades, martial arts demonstrations and more, drawing some 300,000 people.

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    Battle of Okinawa Tour

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jan 14, 2011

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    The Battle of Okinawa tour was the highlight of my visit to Okinawa. Guide Dave Davenport, a retired US marine and Vietnam war veteran, gives a wonderful tour with great insight into the events of WW II.

    We all met on Kadena Air Base, got on a tour bus, and headed south to Hacksaw Ridge. Dave gave us a great overview of the battle, then we went to the Battle of Okinawa Historical Exhibit located on US Marine Corps Camp Kinser, in Building 107. This is a very nice museum built with Dave's sweat and blood through years of research.

    After the museum, we had lunch at the Merchant Marine dining hall in Naha.

    Then we visited the Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters where 4000 men committed suicide when this part of the island was overrun. There are still scars on the walls from Naval officer's suicides by hand grenades.

    The last place you visit is also the most poignant. The Okinawan Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum and the Okinawa Memorial Peace Park the located at the "Suicide Cliffs." The names of every person to die on Okinawa during the battle are etched on granite walls (12,500 Americans, 244,000 Japanese and 120,000 civilians died). The cliffs are so named, because this is where many Okinawans killed themselves amid fears that the Americans would torture and kill them.

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    Okinawa Aquarium

    by salisbury3933 Written Mar 10, 2010

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    This aquarium is definitely the best one I have seen in Japan by some distance.
    I definitely recommend a visit. There's a huge variety of sea creatures.

    General entrance is 1800 yen, 1200 yen for high school students and 600 yen for elementary and junior high school students.

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  • Under water aquarium!!!!

    by whenktattacks Updated Jan 1, 2010

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    want to see the sea life on Okinawa but dont want to get wet? Go to the under water aquarium!!! Its located in the resort Busera. Its straight up the 58 north past cape manzamo.
    You need to go into the resort to park then you but your ticket at the window. Its 2,000 yen for the underwater aquarium and a glas bottem bost ride. However if you just do the aquarium its 1,000 yen. Its so worth it!!!!! When we went we saw a blue ringed octopus!!! Its great to be under the water with out getting wet!!!! Also they have a vending machine with fish food that you can feed the fish. Its like 100 yen for the food! Trust me your kids will love this place!!!!!

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  • Place to see.....

    by whenktattacks Written Jan 1, 2010

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    I highly recomend going to Cape Manzamo in Onna village. If you are coming from camp Foster take 58 north all the way (almost to Okuma) you will see the sign for the cape manzamo. Its a free activity there is also a small street market there also. You can buy okinawa jewlery and clothes and gifts. Its beautiful!!! Cold in the winter so bring a jacket!
    This cape is before the marriot hotel resort so if you hit the resort you went to far!!!!
    Also there is a beer vending machine there! Too funny!

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    Shuri Castle

    by lohara Written Dec 20, 2009

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    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.

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    Nago Pineapple Winery

    by lohara Written Dec 20, 2009

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    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.

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    Hedo Point

    by lohara Written Dec 20, 2009

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    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!

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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.

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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.

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    Sunabe Seawall

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 20, 2009

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    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!

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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.

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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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