Okinawa Things to Do

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Okinawa Things to Do

  • Mabuni Cliff (aka suicide cliff)

    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...

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  • Okinawan Prefectural Peace Memorial...

    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...

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  • Mihama American Village, Chatan

    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...

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  • Urasoe Castle

    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....

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  • The City of Urasoe

    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...

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  • Urasoe Yodore Tombs

    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...

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  • Kin Town Red Beach

    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...

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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)...

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  • Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

    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...

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  • Okinawa Aquarium

    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...

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  • Hedo Point

    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...

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  • Naha Great Tug of War

    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...

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  • Battle of Okinawa Tour

    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...

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  • Okinawa Aquarium

    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!!!!

    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...

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  • Place to see.....

    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...

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  • Shuri Castle

    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

    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...

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  • Hedo Point

    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

    ....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...

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  • Okinawa Peace Park: Rememberance

    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...

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  • Sunabe Seawall

    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...

    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

    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...

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  • Kongou Sekirinzan ( theme park of a...

    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...

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  • Shurijo Castle Park

    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...

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  • Naka-Gusuku

    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...

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  • Ocean Expo Park

    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...

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  • Sefa-Utaki

    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...

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  • Tame-Gusuku

    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...

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  • FUKUGI roadside trees

    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...

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  • Tonan Botanical Garden

    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...

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  • Neo Park Okinawa

    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...

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  • Nago Pineapple Park

    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...

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  • Hikansakura in Nakijin-jo

    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...

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  • Okinawa World

    There are many theme parks various type in Okinawa. Okinawa World is the experienced type theme park and is the greatest sightseeing spot in Okinawa. It is a theme park of recommendation getting to know hometwom , culture, history, a race, a lifestyle and etc in Okinawa.Four how to enjoy yourself of "it seeing", "it learning", "it making" and " it...

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  • Deep Sea Fishing

    Around Okinawa, there are numerous places to go to fish. My favorite fishing was off of a charter boat where we went about 2 hours out into the open ocean and fished for tuna and mahi mahi (also marlin, but I didn't land any). For anyone that loves fishing or fresh sashimi, this is a great experience. On the way back in we had fresh sashimi right...

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  • Snorkeling

    Okinawa has beautiful beaches that offer great access to coral reefs and exotic fish. The water is warm and the fish are very plentiful, within minutes of swimming out, I guarantee that you will see more aquatic wildlife than most places in the world. Both the Pacific Ocean side as well as the China Sea side offer the same type of snorkeling...

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  • Shuri Castle, Okinawa

    An absolute must see! Another World Heritage Site. It takes about 2 hours if you really take your time. Plus it's close to Kukusai Doro. Entrance fee is 800yen for adults. There are some parts that are free, but they main part is fee only. Parking will be 310yen per car. A large car is 940. Now, I drive a van and they charged me 310...your guess is...

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  • Diving at the Toilet Bowl

    Diving is the thing to do on Okinawa. If you are not certified it's okay; just go snorkeling. Get yourself some gear and don't forget the felt boots. You need those because of the sea urchents. Go up 58 just past Onna and turn toward Cape Manzamo. Between the restrooms and the parking lot there is a road, make a left. Go down about 0.5 KM and park...

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