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.
Ou Island has a perimeter of only two kilometers, with a drive around the whole island taking about five minutes. The island is full of excitement during the haaree boat races, when rowers jump off a bridge into the water to climb into their sabani. Numerous tempura shops at the base of the bridge sell fresh seafood tempura at reasonable prices, a treat for locals and tourists alike.
Situated right next to the bridge is a typical Okinawan white sand beach that is enjoyed by locals.
*Winter until 18:00
Located on Ou Island next to the bridge connecting it with Okinawa's main Island, this shop is popular with both tourists and locals who line up every day to choose from 10 delicious seafood items, including squid, fish and mozuku (seaweed), all made to order and served piping hot.
The beach offers great snorkeling with its crystal-clear water, home to a number of tropical fish. You can swim only during high tide; at low tide, the beach is crowded with locals exploring the exposed reef, observing marine creatures trapped in tide pools or clamming. It’s also well known as a diving and surfing point.