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夕陽の広場(海洋博公園内)

Sunset Square (located in Ocean Expo Park)

424 Ishikawa, Motobu Town
Hours: March-September 8:00-19:30; October-February 8:00-18:00
Closed: 1st Wednesday and the following day of December
Admission: Free (playground equipment for ages 3-12 only)

This is an open-air recreation facility located on the premises of Ocean Expo Park. Sunset Square, as its name implies, affords an amazing view of the sun setting over the East China Sea, beautifully turning the sky and ocean red. There is no admission required for Sunset Square. (Admission to Ocean Expo Park is free, too.) After parking your car, you can get around the park on foot or by shuttle bus (fee).

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おきなわ郷土村

Native Okinawan Village

424 Ishikawa, Motobu-cho
Tel: 0980-48-2741
Hours: Oct-Feb 8:30-17:30; Mar-Sep 8:30-19:00 / Admission: Free
*Free traditional Okinawan lifestyle experience:
Hours: 10:00-16:00 (sanshin until 15:30)
Barrier-free accessibility

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大宜味道の駅

Ogimi Roadside Station

1373 Nerome, Ogimi Village
Tel: 0980-44-3048

Furusato Shokudo (1F)
Hours: 11:30-17:00
Open daily

Byu Byu (2F)
Hours: 11:00-17:00
*Last order Mon-Thu 15:00; Sun, holidays 16:00
Closed: Fri, Sat, irregularly

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Kijoka Bashofu Kaikan

454 Kijoka, Ogimi Village
Tel: 0980-44-3033
Hours: 10:00-17:30 *Nov-Mar until 17:00
Closed: Sun

A large collection of bashofu products are on display and available for purchase on the first floor along with documents and films introducing the bashofu production process, while on the second floor visitors can actually see the textile being made.

 

 

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ブセナ海中公園

Busena Marine Park

1744-4 Kise, Nago City
Tel: 0980-52-3379
Hours: 9:00-18:00 *Nov-Mar 9:00-17:30
Open daily *Glass-bottom boat departs every 20 minutes from 9:10.

Combination admission (underwater observatory & glass-bottom boat): Adults ¥2,060, students ages 16-22 ¥1,650, under 16 ¥1,030

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よへな紫陽花園

Hydrangea Garden Yohena

Hydrangea Garden Yohena opens only from around mid-May to the end of June every year. In addition to the more than 300,000 hydrangeas that bloom on an approximately 10,000-square-meter hillside, there are tree ferns, begonias and Medinilla magnifica, also known as the Philippine orchid, which produces rare pink flowers. The uniqueness of this garden where such unique tropical plants are growing in harmony with the hydrangeas has also attracted attention from mainland Japan.

1312 Izumi, Motobu Town
Hours: 9:00-18:30
Admission: Adults ¥400, ages 6-18 ¥200
http://www.geocities.jp/tomotakayo/

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海中道路

Kaichu-doro — inter-island causeway

The Kaichu-doro -- an inter-island causeway that cuts through the shallow water between the main island of Okinawa and Henza Island --- is a popular choice for a scenic drive. A roadside park situated at the midpoint of the causeway has a concrete shoreline and a park area with a lush lawn and benches, making it an ideal place for picnics.

 

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ムルク浜ビーチ

Murukuhama Beach

Of the three beaches on Hamahiga Island, this is the only natural beach that is managed and equipped with restrooms, showers and a shop. Since it is a relatively unknown spot that is not very crowded even at the height of the summer season, it is recommended for people who want to spend some leisure time on a beach.

Tel:098-973-1800
Swimming season: Year round
Snorkeling: OK
Parking: ¥500 / day

 

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宮城島隠れ家ビーチ

Miyagi Island’s hidden beach

A hidden beach on Miyagi Island where rave parties and other events used to be held in the past, as hardly anything existed there other than fields. Since there are strong riptides, visitors should be careful if they plan to swim. This beach is frequented by surfers, locals and American families who camp out in the area.

 

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宮城島

Miyagi Island

Because the altitude is higher here than on neighboring islands, visitors should not miss Kafu Banta (Cape of Happiness), which offers a scenic view from Nuchi-Una, a salt producer located on the cape that is also a popular tourist destination on the island. The breathtaking view of magnificent coral reefs makes this a scenic spot that’s rare even onthe main island of Okinawa.

Kafu Banta offers a cliff-top view of the sea 120 meters below.

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