Okinawa Island Guide

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中村家住宅

Nakamura House

106 Oshiro, Kitanakagusuku Village
Tel: 098-935-3500
Hours: 9:00-17:30
Closed: Tue
Admission: 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for junior and senior high school students, 200 yen for elementary school students.

 

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体験王国むら咲むら

Murasaki Mura

1020-1 Takashiho, Yomitan Village
Tel: 098-958-1111
Hours: 9:00-18:00 (Hours vary by attraction.)
Open daily
Admission: Adults ¥600, ages 13-18 ¥500, ages 6-12 ¥400, under 6 free
Barrier-free accessibility

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園比屋武御嶽

Sonohyan Utaki Ishimon (Stone Gate of Sonohyan Utaki)

1-7 Mawashi-cho, Shuri, Naha City
Tel: 098-886-2020
Hours: 24 hours
Open daily
Admission: Free

Sonohyan Utaki Ishimon is a Ryukyu limestone gate constructed where prayers were said for the safety of the king when he traveled. Even today, the spot is frequented by many locals, including Okinawan shamans called noro, due to its spiritual nature.

旧海軍司令部壕

Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters

236 Tomigusuku, Tomigusuku City
Tel: 098-850-4055
Hours: 8:30-17:30; Oct-Jun 8:00-17:00
Open daily
Admission: Adults ¥440, ages 6-15 ¥220

 

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沖縄平和祈念公園

Okinawa Peace Prayer Park and Memorial Hall

Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
444 Mabuni, Itoman City
Tel: 098-997-2765
Hours: 8:00-22:00
Open daily
Admission: Free

Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum
614-1 Mabuni, Itoman City
Tel:098-997-3844
Hours: 9:00-17:00
Closed: Dec. 29-Jan. 3
Admission: Adults ¥300, ages 6-18 ¥150

Okinawa Peace Hall
Tel: 098-997-3011
Hours: 9:00-17:00
Open daily
Admission: Adults ¥450, ages 6-18 ¥350

 

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ひめゆりの塔/ひめゆり平和祈念資料館

Himeyuri Monument / Himeyuri Peace Museum

671-1 Ihara, Itoman City
Tel: 098-997-2100
Hours: 9:00-17:25 *Last entry 17:00
Open daily
Admission to the museum: Adults ¥310, ages 16-18 ¥210, ages 6-15 ¥110

The Himeyuri Monument was constructed here in memory of the young girls and teachers who served as nurses for the Japanese Army and who lost their lives during the Battle of Okinawa. The Himeyuri Peace Museum displays a full-size replica of a bomb shelter, books of testimonials and portraits of the victims.

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アマミチューの墓

Amamichu

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勝連城跡

Katsuren Castle Ruins

Tel: 098-978-7373
Hours:  9:00-18:00
Open daily
Admission: free

 

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浦添ようどれ

Urasoe Yodore

Urasoe Yodore is a mausoleum for royalty dating to the early years of the Ryukyu Kingdom era. Inside the tomb are shrines decorated with images of the Buddha and sculptures depicting a crane and a turtle, indicating a significant Buddhist influence in the kingdom. The shrines are registered as prefectural cultural assets. The mausoleum was built in a natural cave and is believed to be a prototype of traditional Okinawan tomb design. At Yodore Hall you can watch a video on the restoration of the interior of the tomb.

2-53 Nakama, Urasoe City
Tel: 098-874-9345
Hours: 9:00-18:00
Open daily
Admission: Adults ¥100, ages 6-13 ¥50

Landing of U.S. Forces Monument

This is a monument located in Chatan Town’s Sunabe Baba Park. The 13-kilometer-long coastline between Chatan Town and Yomitan Village is where U.S. forces made their first landing on Okinawa in 1945, which marked the beginning of the Battle of Okinawa -- the only ground battle fought in Japan during World War II. This monument, along with one erected on the grounds of Tomarigusuku Park in Yomitan's Toguchi area, indicates the area of the U.S. forces' first landing. Images of a mother mourning the death of her child in a bomb shelter, powerful battle tanks and soldiers are inscribed on the monument.

守礼門

Shureimon

Kinjo-cho, Shuri, Naha City

The second gate of Shurijo Castle comes into view soon as one enters Shurijo Castle Park. The term “shurei” means “observing propriety.” The plaque on the gate is inscribed with the four Chinese characters that read “Land of Propriety,” or Shurei-no-kuni. This beautiful layered gate still conveys the spirit of Ryukyu and serves as a demonstration of courtesy.

上江洲家

The Uezu House

816 Nishime, Kumejima Town (Kume Island)
Tel: 098-985-2418
Hours: 9:00-18:00
Closed irregularly
Admission: 300 yen for ages 16 and over, 200 yen for ages 13-15, 100 yen for ages 6-12.

An old, one-story wooden house built by a samurai family around 1750 during the time of the Ryukyu Kingdom. The house is surrounded by stone walls and fukugi trees. The design and alignment of the building are based on feng shui.


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