4.5 based on 314 reviews
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.
As I walked through the labyrinth of underground tunnels, I tried to imagine myself living, fighting and probably dying in these conditions. Unlike other military tunnel systems around the world (ie: Vietnam’s Cu Chi tunnels), these were built to an extraordinary standard and in such a short time frame which makes it more incredible. The fact that so many men lost their lives inside these tunnels (through fighting, poison gas, fire, wounds and suicide) makes this not only a historic military sight, but also a graveyard. The small museum is a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives not only inside these tunnels, but to all Okinawan people who unwillingly got caught up in war, many as collateral damage. Some of the photos are absolutely heartbreaking while others show uncensored images of the sheer brutality of war. Signage is mostly in Japanese, but there is enough English as part of the displays. There is a monument dedicated to those who lost their lives in these tunnels atop the hill. Far reaching views overlooking Naha to the Pacific Ocean can be had from this sight.
Admission is 440¥ for adults (I picked up a 10% off coupon at the Naha City Tourist Office on Kokusai Dori).
4 based on 562 reviews
The appearance of building is as "White Uluru"! It is a very spacious building, and has historical museum and art museum. Because the height of the building is not very high, I feel that the light from the outside is sufficiently taken inside. Especially the lobby is very bright! Because the composition and signs in the building are simple and functional, people who have visited there for the first time will not get lost. Of course, guidance of each language such as English is also complete. There are experience rooms for children in the building. Everyone regardless of age will be able to use and enjoy this museum.
I think that the fees of those museums are a little cheaper than other museums(Historical museum: 410 Yen/Adult, Art museum: 310 Yen/Adult). Fees of historical museum and art museum are completely separated.
The permanent exhibition of the historical museum exhibits very interesting nature and culture unique to Okinawa, from prehistoric natural environment to modern history. I stayed at the museum for over 3 hours, but I did not get tired of it at all. As you know, Okinawa has suffered from various difficulties and tragedies so far. But still it has weaved their own history strongly. You'll feel the power of Okinawa from the exhibits.
If necessary, you can take a guide explanation. However, there are guides that can not be explained in foreign languages such as English, attention is necessary.
4 based on 432 reviews
4 based on 122 reviews
Located at the Kokusai Street in the heart of Naha, this is the official souvenir shop of the Churaumi Aquarium - one of the world's best. They have a few fish tanks that offer a glimpse of the aquarium, lots of souvenirs and a cafe, where you can purchase advance tickets to the aquarium, located 90 km from Naha. Worth a visit.
4 based on 127 reviews
With a perfect sunset and views of the Keramas serving as a backdrop, this place is a photographers dream. The beach itself has several amenities and plenty of parking.
4 based on 269 reviews
Went there on a very hot day and must say walking around with little kids is not the best idea there. Lots of steps and tight walking areas makes for some hard times with the little ones.
Food selection was outstanding and so many different options to choose from. Bring water if on a hot day cause I can't recall there being many vending machines in the area.
4.5 based on 98 reviews
This complex of shops are on the road side in Itoman close to Naha Airport.
Features a local farmers market and garden shop. The market carries local fruits and vegetables fresh from the farms that morning. The fish market features local fish whole,cut or prepared for you to eat. The other building sells local Okinawa products.
An authentic farmenrs market clean and bright
4 based on 442 reviews
This is a beautiful garden with a nice big pond and fantastically placed quaint little buildings placed all of the garden. Original people were the Sho family and they headed up the Ryūkyū Kingdom.
I walked to this place from the Shuri Hilton Hotel and it took me about 45 minutes along a dusty road with lots of traffic. Closest Yui Rail is Shuri but its still 2km from there. There are buses and taxis though.
4 based on 135 reviews
4 based on 250 reviews
This interesting place is good for pre-flight shopping:
Farmers market - for local produce and groceries
Seafood market - for fresh fish sashimi, sushi, oysters, scallops, lobsters, etc. (there are wooden tables and benches for eat-in)
Souvenir shop - for souvenirs, wine, snacks, glaasware, potteries, etc.
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