The 10 Best Historic Sites in Okinawa Prefecture, Okinawa Prefecture

May 18, 2022 Leida Jutras

Discover the best top things to do in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan including Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, The Tower of Himeyuri, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, Submarine Remains, Mabuni Hill, Nantoirei no To, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Cave Nyatiya.
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1. Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

Mabuni, Itoman 901-0333 Okinawa Prefecture +81 98-997-2765 http://kouen.heiwa-irei-okinawa.jp/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 589 reviews

Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

Reviewed By PangL103

About 200,000 names on the head stones. Soldiers from both sides and about 100,000 civilians. Casualties of war. This should be the second site to visit after the Former Navy Underground HQ. It is situated near cliffs overlooking the ocean. Lets you reflect the cruelty of mankind and what war brings.

2. The Tower of Himeyuri

672-1 Ihara, Itoman 901-0344 Okinawa Prefecture +81 98-997-2100 http://www.himeyuri.or.jp
Excellent
44%
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45%
Satisfactory
11%
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4.5 based on 424 reviews

The Tower of Himeyuri

3. Katsuren Castle Ruins

3908 Katsuren Haebaru, Uruma 904-2311 Okinawa Prefecture +81 98-978-7373 [email protected] http://www.katsuren-jo.jp/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 566 reviews

Katsuren Castle Ruins

Reviewed By PangL103

Easy climb to the top with greenery all along the way. Good view of the ocean with many photo spots. Can imagine the grandeur of the castle in its heyday.

4. Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters

236 Tomigusuku, Tomigusuku 901-0241 Okinawa Prefecture +81 98-850-4055 [email protected] http://kaigungou.ocvb.or.jp/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 406 reviews

Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters

The Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquaters is located where Rear Admiral Ota and his men desperately fought to the end on 13 June,1945. You can view the commanding officer's room and the operations room as it was during the battle.Also the tunnnels,which were comstracted utilizing hoes and picks,still exist in their original condition.

Reviewed By MTM75 - New Orleans, United States

Visit the small museum and tour the underground tunnel system that protected the Japanese Navy commanding unit during WWII.

5. Nakagusuku Castle Ruins

503 Ogusuku, Nakagusuku-son, Nakagami-gun 901-2314 Okinawa Prefecture +81 98-935-5719 http://www.nakagusuku-jo.jp/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 370 reviews

Nakagusuku Castle Ruins

Nakagusuku Castle is visible evidence of the Ryukyu kingdom and is a perfect reflection of that period of time in Okinawa’s history.The natural rocks and the land surrounding the castle are in perfect harmony with the curving walls, this amazing feat allows us to appreciate the masonry skills of this ancient time.

Reviewed By redeyeblues - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

610 yen from Naha near Tomari Port (roughly 40 minutes) to King Tacos Futenma branch then 10 minutes / 1050 yen by taxi to Nakagusuku Castle (Didi app works to call taxis). Now there's a free golf cart to take you up from the ticket office so you don't need to climb uphill so much. Good way to spend an hour ​with impressive views of the ocean and the city all around - much nicer & bigger than I'd imagined. 10 min walk to Nakamura Residence (closed Tuesday). A bit of a challenge to get a taxi on the way back so we walked half an hour downhill to a busier area to get one from in front of ナカタライト株式会社. From there it's a 1470 yen / 15-minute ride to American Village.

6. Submarine Remains

YonagunI, Yonaguni-cho, Yaeyama-gun 907-1801 Okinawa Prefecture
Excellent
54%
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Submarine Remains

7. Mabuni Hill

Mabuni, Itoman 901-0333 Okinawa Prefecture
Excellent
58%
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Mabuni Hill

8. Nantoirei no To

5-17-1 Onishi Okinawa Prefecture Nago Senior High School, Nago 905-0018 Okinawa Prefecture +81 980-52-2615 http://www.soumu.go.jp/main_sosiki/daijinkanbou/sensai/virtual/memorialsite/okinawa_nago_019/index.html
Excellent
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Nantoirei no To

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9. Nakijin Castle Ruins

5101 Imadomari, Nakijin-son, Kunigami-gun 905-0428 Okinawa Prefecture +81 980-56-4400 http://nakijinjoseki.jp/
Excellent
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4.0 based on 888 reviews

Nakijin Castle Ruins

Reviewed By Niameow - Canada, null

I planned to visit Nakijin Castle, but intentionally, I did not do much research prior to. When I got to the site, it was mid-February, and most of the cherry blossom were done, but still had some left, so that was still very pretty. The stone works were beautiful, and the view from the site was very beautiful. Although this site does not have a castle itself to look at, it was definitely worth checking it out. If you plan to visit Churami Aquarium or Nago/Kouri area, I'd definitely recommend to make a stop here!

10. Cave Nyatiya

Kawahira, Ie-son, Kunigami-gun 905-0503 Okinawa Prefecture
Excellent
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4.0 based on 34 reviews

Cave Nyatiya

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