4.5 based on 193 reviews
Easy drive to the port (telephone numbers invaluable for GPS) park free. 20 min ferry ride across to this for al island with little on it. There are simple places to stay and snack places for water etc. which is essential as there is little shelter. We decided to walk but bikes were available for hire. It took us 3 hrs with plenty of breaks at sacred sites and the Beaches. Fascinated to see the largest spiders in Japan, beautiful butterflies, crabs and dragonflies. We stopped at sacred sites and a well in honor of the goddess who created the Islands and viewed the beach where the sea snakes lay their eggs. The ferry office gave me a map of the island with English subtitles which was invaluable.
4.5 based on 288 reviews
Although this was our second time visiting this memorial, we did not realize the significance it played in our family's past. We found out after returning the first time visiting Okinawa that my sister in law's half sister was one of the young women that is memorialized at this peace museum. With this knowledge, we found out this young girl's history and was able to get her name and a photo. We took our granddaughter with us the second time and placed flowers for her. It was an emotional moment when we located her photo and name on the memorial wall. We could only imagine the horrific experience that she endured as she was used to nurse the injured when she was still a mere child herself. We wept at the thought that her hopes and dreams were dashed by this horrific war. Okinawa has many war memorials but this particular museum touched me the most because of the personal connection to my sister in law.
Lot of photos, documents (most in Japanese), and films to view to give you an idea of what happened to these young women and their teachers.
4.5 based on 405 reviews
Was interesting in terms of the dramatic entrance setting via the cave cafe but we couldn't follow all of the tour since the guided tour was in Japanese. Some people commented that they were given audio guides but we were only handed printed write-ups. Not sure why w didn't get the audio guides which would have made the visit much more informative. We were informed that the tour would be conducted in Japanese but we were expecting the audio guide! Thought we will see more in/of the cave but much was spent on the plants and the origins of the Minatogawa pre-historic man.
4.5 based on 493 reviews
On the Cornerstone of Peace, where the names of all the war dead, irrespective of nationality, are inscribed, you grow increasingly silent at the sight of the caves where people hid, when attack after attack of US warplanes devastated the people and the place. You realise that the victims were twice victimized: the way Japanese nationalists drafted the people to die and the overkill of the US military might. It is a place that carries a message.
4 based on 872 reviews
This place is about 45 minutes by car outside of Naha. The whole visit takes about 1-1.5 hours at most. It is not stroller let alone wheel-chair friendly due to the stoney paths. Wear good hiking shoes or runners with good treads as there are some steep inclines involved, and the paths will get slippery in wet weather. Washroom facilities are available at the ticket Centre and parking lot.
Having said all that, it is certainly worth visiting given its cultural nod spiritual significance, the beautiful rock formations, and the surrounding greenery.
Nearby one can also visit the Chinen Cape where there is a look out point and a walkway towards the sea.
4.5 based on 300 reviews
4 based on 322 reviews
Very scenic drive, hike or bike ride. You can see the whole bridge from above the tunnel.
4 based on 175 reviews
Most visitors going to Ou-jima stop by to have the famous tempura. It is good and I'll confess to eating some, myself but, there are many more things to see on this small island. Climbing the small hills and touring the side streets, you can find well-kept Gardens, get a bird's eye view of all 360 degrees looking down at the Beaches and meet lots of friendly people. Fishermen, folks at the village office and people walking down the street are always friendly and willing to point a traveler, in the right direction. I recommend, to all my friends, getting out of the car and, visiting the whole island, by foot. Driving around, only takes about five minutes. A good camera walk, can last over an hour.
4.5 based on 71 reviews
The Peace Memorial is told heavily from the Okinawans point of view. Since the majority of lives lost on the island during the battle for Okinawa were local civilians, that is understandable. There are many artifacts, displays, photos to spend a couple of moving hours inside the museum. The most moving is the testimonies of civilians involved. The audios are in Japanese but there are translations that one can read. Stay a while in the room even if you don't listen or read. You will still be able to hear them. It's that quiet there. Parking is some distance away from the museum and it often rains on Okinawa. When you go, unless it's really sunny, bring an umbrella or rain jacket. If disabled, parking is available very near the entrance. Allow a couple of hours minimum for the museum and more time if available for the grounds.
4 based on 1 reviews
Full of charms of wonderful Okinawa! Endless blue sky, tropical flowers blooming under the shiny sun and sweet smell of the southern wind. Okinawa, where the unique Ryukyu Kingdom florished from the olden times. Vibrant traditional artifacts and culture are still there. Make your own craft item in Traditional Crafts Village, where you will be welcomed by many old local houses with beautiful red roof tiles, explore Gyokusendo, a stunningly beautiful limestone cave grown on a coral reef, and enjoy heroic Eisa dance and Habu vs Mongoose Show. Okinawa World, where you can experience Ryukyu time now. Enjoy your exceptional Okinawa here. Business hours AM9:00～PM5:00 (last admission) closes at PM 6:00 Open throughout the year
This one of the nicest caves I visited in Asia. Very amazing and unique limestone formation. The paths are easy to walk insides the cave with handrail which is important as the ground are mostly wet and slippery. Visitors feel safe navigating around. If you have a good camera, pictures can turn out very well as it is generally dim in the cave with little lightning. It is worth the visit.
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