Top things to do in Okinawa-hontō

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 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 Okinawan in Naha

Ryūkyū Ryōri Nuchigafū

For a memorable, elegant meal in Naha, don't pass up dinner at the hilltop Nuchigafū, off the southern end of Tsuboya Pottery Street. Formerly a lovely Okinawan teahouse, and before that a historic Ryūkyūan residenc…
Top Choice Museum in Southern Okinawa-hontō

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 Occupation. While some material may stir debate, the museum's…
Top Choice Okinawan in Naha

Yūnangi

You'll be lucky to get a seat here, but if you do, you'll be treated to some of the best Okinawan food around, served in traditional but bustling surroundings. Try the okinawa-soba set (¥1400), or choose from the pi…
Top Choice Chinese in Naha

Shanghai Wantan Rō

If you can hold out for this little late-night eatery, you won't be disappointed. The standouts of the drool-worthy menu (which is, incidentally, perfectly paired with ice-cold beer) are the juicy, deep-fried wonton…
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 in this covered food market just off Ichibahon-dōri, about 200m south of Kokusai-dōri. The colourful variety of fish and pr…
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…
Top Choice Concept Store in Naha

American Village

This amusement-park-esque American-themed shopping mall is as kitsch as they come, but if you can resist your instinctive resistance, closer exploration will provide a fascinating glimpse into modern Okinawan life, …