106 Oshiro, Kitanakagusuku Village
Admission: 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for junior and senior high school students, 200 yen for elementary school students.
1-7 Mawashi-cho, Shuri, Naha City
Hours: 24 hours
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.
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
444 Mabuni, Itoman City
Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum
614-1 Mabuni, Itoman City
Closed: Dec. 29-Jan. 3
Admission: Adults ¥300, ages 6-18 ¥150
Okinawa Peace Hall
Admission: Adults ¥450, ages 6-18 ¥350
671-1 Ihara, Itoman City
Hours: 9:00-17:25 *Last entry 17:00
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.
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
Admission: Adults ¥100, ages 6-13 ¥50
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.
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.
816 Nishime, Kumejima Town (Kume Island)
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.