The 10 Best Things to Do in Uruma, Japan

August 28, 2017 Roger Rusk

Uruma is a city located in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The modern city of Uruma was established on April 1, 2005, when the cities of Gushikawa and Ishikawa were merged with the towns of Katsuren and Yonashiro.
Restaurants in Uruma

1. Kafu Banta

2768 Yonashiromiyagi, Uruma 904-2423, Okinawa Prefecture
Excellent
65%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 145 reviews

Kafu Banta

Reviewed By sashkello - Sydney, Australia

This place is a 2-minute walk from the salt factory on Miyagi Island, to which you can get from Okinawa through a bridge. The factory itself is worth a visit by the way; otherwise, park your car at their lot and follow the signs to get to the edge of the cliff.
There were no signs in English as far as I remember, but it's easy enough to find as there is nothing much on the island, and it's not hard to figure out which ones are showing the way to salt factory... As soon as you are there, the walk is clearly visible from the parking lot.

2. Nakagusuku Castle Ruins

503 Ogusuku, Kitanakagusuku-son, Nakagami-gun 901-2314, Okinawa Prefecture +81 98-935-5719
Excellent
44%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 280 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 Powerpill - Budapest, Hungary

This place has breathtaking views and a great atmosphere. It's a bit off the beaten path so accessing it by public transportation is a bit tricky and time-consuming but it's well worth it.
What made this visit absolutely memorable was the visit to the hotel ruins just next to the castle. It says it's forbidden to access the hotel but go for it! it's not like in the west where these places are full of junkies and rubbish, here you'll have the feeling of being in a ghost-town or a haunted house.

3. Araha Park (Araha Beach)

2-21 Chatan, Chatan-cho, Nakagami-gun 904-0116, Okinawa Prefecture +81 98-936-0077
Excellent
33%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 206 reviews

Araha Park (Araha Beach)

Reviewed By ShonanNeko - Tokyo, Japan

Nice little beach. Reservable tables, BBQ, basketball courts, rentable canoes, outdoor cafe, volleyball and play area for the kids. Great for a Sunday out with friends or family. Or just to relax, splash and people-watch.
Coin showers and lockers, western toilets and outdoor foot wash. Netted swimming area enforced. Beach opens at 9am.

4. Southeast Botanical Gardens

2146 Chibana, Okinawa 904-2143, Okinawa Prefecture +81 98-939-2555
Excellent
34%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 121 reviews

Southeast Botanical Gardens

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Reviewed By Michelle112013 - Indianapolis, Indiana

We enjoyed wandering and the Christmas lights in the Botanical Gardens. However, because it was dark, we did not really get to experience the Gardens. The lights were fun, and there were food trucks and snack options as well. At 7:30 pm there were fireworks as well. A fun way to spend Christmas evening.

5. Nirai Beach

Gima, Yomitan-son, Nakagami-gun 904-0327, Okinawa Prefecture +81 98-982-9622
Excellent
58%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 256 reviews

Nirai Beach

Reviewed By wife_of_fisherman - Taipei, Taiwan

This is a very nice beach and we stayed in the hotel directly next to it. Since it was quite hot during our stay, there were not so many people at the beach. It felt very safe with a life guard in charge during the day. It was beautiful with clean beach and clear water. The only thing we did not like is the fact that the actual water area is very small. You are not allowed to go in deeper and actually swim as you are able to stand everywhere in the marked area.

6. Cape Maeda

469-1 Maeda, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun 904-0417, Okinawa Prefecture
Excellent
48%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 386 reviews

Cape Maeda

Reviewed By Kprince11

This park is easy to get to. It has 3 different access points. Easy for a quick snorkel since to rocks have lots of bright fish and the water is so clear. Our son surfed for the first time. It was a long paddle out and back to where the surf was breaking. The waves were small but a good spot to learn. Lots of paddle boarding and divers I. The area too.

7. Katsuren Castle Ruins

3908 Katsuren Haebaru, Uruma 904-2311, Okinawa Prefecture +81 98-978-7373
Excellent
41%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 430 reviews

Katsuren Castle Ruins

Reviewed By Lucas S - Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

To manage expectations, this is a castle ruin, so please done expect a refurbished castle like Shuri. There is a little building next to the road that is at the bottom of the hill where to ruins are. There are a clue artifacts and small models of what the castle would have looked like. Then you can start the trek up the hill to the ruins. I would only do this on a clear sunny day. The steps could be slick. There are a few small placards with tidbits of information. You pretty much just walk read some things, enjoy the view and then walk back down. Still worth it.

8. Aeon Mall Okinawa Rycom

4 Gaiku, Gaseirijigyoku, Ikinai, Awasetochi-ku, Kitanakagusuku-son, Nakagami-gun 901-2300, Okinawa Prefecture +81 98-983-8888
Excellent
37%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 347 reviews

Aeon Mall Okinawa Rycom

Reviewed By jeffayn - Malaysia

I really do not know why they built such a big mall in Okinawa, but thanks to them I have destination to go to during the evening as I am not a fan of early bed time.
Also thanks to my wife 'pestering' me to rent a car while in Okinawa, I am able to visit this Rycom and leave till it closing time.
This mall is huge, new and definitely you need hours to walk around just windows shopping. The food court is big and vast selection of food, decent pricing too.
This mall got a full size supermarket , I get my refill of snacks, refreshment, candy, band aid and others... The reason why I am so happy in here is because in Okinawa is very different from Tokyo, Osaka or other main city in Japan where you see dozens of convenience store & pharmacy on one city block.
Of course the lady can shop here for hours....hahaa...
Plus the fact I am staying at one of the secluded resort hotel, therefore I am feel relieve where all the convenience I can get under one roof
Don't worry about the car park , this mall car park is enormous & FREE ...lol

9. Zakimi Castle Ruins

708-6 Zakimi, Yomitan-son, Nakagami-gun 904-0301, Okinawa Prefecture
Excellent
33%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 357 reviews

Zakimi Castle Ruins

Reviewed By travelsteph59 - Denver, Colorado

A little out of the way for me but I liked this castle a lot. There were almost no other people there so it was nice to explore in peace and quiet.

10. Sunset Beach

Mihama, Chatan-cho, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa Prefecture +81 98-921-7711
Excellent
25%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 429 reviews

Sunset Beach

Reviewed By JTCGreen - Seattle, Washington

It's a family oriented small beach nestled between the Vessel Hotel and Monpa. It's also accessible from the American Village. There's a lifeguard on watch and the swimming area is cordoned by a net to keep Jellyfish out . There also a concrete theatre style Seating area facing the sea and some tents for barbecues/party. Lots of vending machines around for hydration including alcoholic beverages. Though we never went for a swim, we did walk a lot especially in the afternoon when the sun is almost down. Sunsets are amazing and the Seawalk gets you to Araha beach on the South Side and to The Hilton the North Side. We truly enjoyed our time there. The Japanese in the Island are truly friendly and engaging! There was not a single local on our walks in this park that didn't Nod nor smile nor say Konnichiwa to us. We are grateful for the experience .

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