Among the castles that have been designated as World Heritage Sites, Shurijo Castle is probably the most outstanding.
At the time of the island’s unification, Shurijo Castle was already historically important.
Naminoue Shrine is a shinto shrine in Naha Okinawa. Naminoue Shrine was founded in 1890 on a site that had been sacred in the Ryukyan religion. Naminoue Shrine is set on top of bluff looking over the ocean and Naminoue Beach.
Sefautaki is one of the utaki (holy prayer grounds) created by the Ryukyu god of creation, Amamikiyo and is considered to be the most sacred holy ground in all of Okinawa.
It was registered as a World Heritage site in December of 2000 due to its universal value that should be preserved for future generations to come.
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Nakijin Castle, or Nakijin Gusuku (Ryukyuan castle or fortress) is located in Nakijin Village, Okinawa, Japan. It was the residence of the Ryukyuan Kingdom governor and is currently in ruins. Work began on its construction in the late 13th century and it had reached its final form by the beginning of the 15th century. The castle is strategically sited on a lone hill, well defended by natural features (river, cliffs and deep valley). The fortress includes several sacred Utaki groves, reflecting the gusuku’s role as a center of religious activity. It is famous for the Hikan cherries which bloom in northern Okinawa between mid-January and early February.
Shomin no Ajidokoro Kingo
A humble little eatery in that is extremely popular with locals because of their simple, authentic dishes that are cooked with the fresh local produce at an extremely affordable price. If you want to try down to earth home cooked Japanese meals, this is the place to go. It is not a fancy restaurant, but it will be a meal you will remember!
Tacos in Japan? Yes, you heard it right.
Okinawa is the home of “Taco Rice”, which is simply the ingredients of tacos served on rice (no shell).
As a island with many U.S. Military bases, Okinawa has unique fusion recipes, and this is one of them.
If you are looking to eat cheap and healthy, this is the place to go.
Who says tempura is a high class dish? In Okinawa you can try these light crisp delights for under 100 yen each!
A great snack to pick up and eat at the store front during a busy day of sight seeing.
Okinawa is home to the Yukisio factory that produces one of the most mineral rich salts in the world. At the Yukisio Museum, visitors can learn how their salt is produced, and what the salt can be used for. Do not forget to pick up some Yukisshio ice cream on which you can add your choice of topping!
The NAHA Marathon is now one of the premier sports events of Japan. This “Festival of Sun, Ocean and Joggers” started in 1985 as a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the sister city bond between Naha and Honolulu. Each Marathon has provided a forum to promote ties and friendship for domestic and international interaction. The course, with The Peace Prayer and Memorial Park at its mid-point, is a full 42.195km long. Run on this tropical island, Okinawa!
Makishi Public Market
The Makishi Public Market is filled with the energies that vitalize Okinawa. The actual market is on the first floor and offers a glance of Okinawan cuisine with its colorful tropical seafood, pork sold in mass amounts, and island vegetables. There are plenty of restaurants on the second floor of the market.