Okinawa-hontō attractions

Top Choice Castle in Naha

Shuri-jō

This reconstructed castle was originally built in the 14th century and served as the administrative centre and royal residence of the Ryūkyū kingdom until the 19th century. Enter through the Kankai-mon (歓会門) and go …
Top Choice Museum in Southern Okinawa-hontō

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 monument whose mission is to promote peace, driven by survivo…
Top Choice Museum in Southern Okinawa-hontō

Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum

The centrepiece of the Peace Memorial Park is the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum, which focuses on the suffering of the Okinawan people during the invasion of the island and under the subsequent American …
Top Choice Museum in Naha

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, attractively presented and easy to understand, with excellent bil…
Top Choice Market in Naha

Daichi Makishi Kōsetsu Ichiba

In Naha, a great place to sample everyday Okinawan eats is at one of the 2nd-floor eateries at Daichi Makishi Kōsetsu Ichiba, the covered food market just off Ichibahon-dōri, about 200m south of Kokusai-dōri. The co…
Top Choice Area in Naha

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. Most shops along this old-timey street sell all the popular Ok…
Museum in Southern Okinawa-hontō

Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters

Directly south of Naha in Kaigungo-kōen is the Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, where 4000 men committed suicide or were killed as the battle for Okinawa drew to its bloody conclusion. Only 250m of the…
Aquarium in Motobu Peninsula

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 houses a wide variety of marine life, including whale sharks. Dolp…
Village in Motobu Peninsula

Bise

At the northwestern tip of the peninsula is the quaintly preserved village of Bise, a leafy beachside community of traditional Okinawan houses. Stroll along Fukugi-namiki-dōri (フクギ並木通り), an atmospheric lane lined wi…
Park in Southern Okinawa-hontō

Peace Memorial Park

Housing Okinawa's most important war memorials, including the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum, the Peace Memorial Park occupies an appropriately peaceful coastal location in the southern city of Itoman.To …