Okinawa Island Guide

Everything on Okinawa Island from A to Z | Southern area

Okinawa Island Guide

Itoman Great Tug-of-War

Historic Spots in the south area


Imaiyu Market

Tel: 098-948-7632
Hours: 9:00-18:00 / Open daily


The wisdom of Itoman uminchu (fishermen)

Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War


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



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
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



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.


Itoman Haaree 2018


Ou Island

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.


Oshiro Tempura-ya

Tel: 098-948-4530
Hours: 11:00-19:00
*Winter until 18:00
Closed: Mon


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.



Odo Beach (John Man Beach)

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.