Must see attractions in Okinawa-hontō

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    This reconstructed castle was originally built in the 14th century and served as the administrative centre and royal residence of the Ryūkyū kingdom until…

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    Himeyuri Peace Museum

    Located above a cave that served as an emergency field hospital during the closing days of the Battle of Okinawa, the Himeyuri Peace Museum is a haunting…

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    Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum

    Opened in 2007, this museum of Okinawa's history, culture and natural history is easily one of the best museums in Japan. Displays are well laid out,…

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    Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum

    The centrepiece of the Peace Memorial Park focuses on the suffering of the Okinawan people during the island's invasion and under the subsequent American…

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    Daichi Makishi Kōsetsu Ichiba

    In Naha, a great place to sample everyday Okinawan eats is at one of the 2nd-floor eateries in this covered food market just off Ichibahon-dōri, about…

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    Tsuboya Pottery Street

    One of the best parts of Naha is this neighbourhood, a centre of ceramic production from 1682, when Ryūkyū kilns were consolidated here by royal decree…

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    Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

    The centrepiece of Motobu's Ocean Expo Park (海洋博公園) is the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, which features the world's largest aquarium tank. The aquarium…

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    At the northwestern tip of the peninsula is the quaintly preserved village of Bise, a leafy beachside community of traditional Okinawan houses. Stroll…

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    Peace Memorial Park

    Housing Okinawa's most important war memorials, including the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum, the Peace Memorial Park occupies an appropriately…

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    Tsuboya Pottery Museum

    The excellent Tsuboya Pottery Museum houses some fine examples of traditional Okinawan pottery. Here you can also inspect potters' wheels and arayachi …

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    Aquariums and crowds not your cup of tea? If you've got your own wheels, drive out to Kōri-jima via Yagaji-jima (屋我地島). The bridge between the two islands…

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    Around 4km east of the city centre is a Chinese-style garden containing stone bridges, a viewing pavilion and a villa that belonged to the Ryūkyū royal…

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    Garden fans should take a stroll through peaceful, Chinese-style Fukushū-en. All materials were brought from Fuzhou, Naha's sister city in China,…

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    Cornerstone of Peace

    Outside the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum is the Cornerstone of Peace, inscribed with the names of everyone who died in the Battle of Okinawa.

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    Nakjin Castle Ruins

    On the grounds of this castle ruin – whose fortified stone walls, surrounded by lush, semi-tropical forest, date to the 1200s – you'll find an interesting…