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Glass House in the Forest

478 Biimata, Nago City
Tel: 0980-54-2121
Hours: 9:00-18:00
Open daily
Admission: Free
URL: (Japanese)


Busena Marine Park

Underwater observatory and glass bottom boat
1744-4 Kise, Nago City
Tel: 0980-52-3379
Hours: April-October 9:00-18:00; November-March 9:00-17:30
*Entrance permitted up to 30 minutes before closing time.

Open daily

Combination admission (underwater observatory & glass-bottom boat):
2,060 yen for adults 1,650 yen for ages 16-18 and university and college students, 1,030 yen for ages 4-15
Underwater observatory:
1,030 yen for adults, 820 yen for ages 16-18 and university and college students, 520 yen for ages 4-15
Glass-bottom boat:
1,540 yen for adults, 1,230 yen for ages 16-18 and university and college students, 770 yen for ages 4-15

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Shurijo Castle Park

1-2 Kinjo-cho, Shuri, Naha City
Tel: 098-886-2020
Hours for the paid area: April-June 8:30-19:00; July-September 8:30-20:00; October-November 8:30-19:00; December-March 8:30-18:00
Hours for the free area: April-June 8:00-19:30; July-September 8:00-20:30; October-November 8:00-19:30; December-March 8:00-18:30
Closed: 1st Wed and Thu of July
Admission: 820 yen for adults, 620 yen for ages 16-18, 310 yen for ages 6-15, free for children under 6.
Annual passport: 1,620 yen for adults, 1,240 yen for ages 16-18, 620 yen for ages 6-15.

Shurijo Castle prospered as the Ryukyu Kingdom’s center of politics, diplomacy and culture and is now inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Shurijo Castle was rebuilt in 1992, and the castle and nearby historic assets, including a number of gates leading to the Shurijo Seiden as well as the castle walls, have become a historical park.

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Motobu Genki Mura

410 Hamamoto, Motobu Town
Tel: 0980-51-7878
Hours: 8:00-18:00
Open daily

This is a complex of wellness and recreational facilities where you can enjoy a wide variety of activities, ranging from swim-with-the-dolphins programs and hands-on cultural and craft workshops. Located right next to Motobu Genki Mura is Marine Piazza Okinawa, which is operated under the same ownership.

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Island Life Concierge

11-2 Minato, Chatan Town
Tel: 098-916-8593

Island Life Concierge's wide array of services ranges from limousine hire and vehicle arrangements to sunset cruises and marine activities. Island Life Concierge is happy to help you plan your ideal vacation in Okinawa but also can provide coordination services for your Okinawan wedding.


Okinawa Zoo & Museum

5-7-1 Goya, Okinawa City
Tel: 098-933-4190
Hours: April-September 9:30-18:00 (Last entry 17:00); October-March 9:30-5:30 (Last entry 16:30)
Closed: Tue, Dec. 30-Jan. 1 (open daily during Golden Week and Japanese school holidays)
Admission: 500 yen for adults, 200 yen for ages 13-18, 100 yen for ages 4-12 and free for children under 3 years of age.

Okinawa Zoo & Museum is home to about 150 species, a total of more than 1,000 animals, including elephants and lions. The facility features a petting zoo, a merry-go-round, kids ride-on cars and a wonder museum with workshop exhibits and a hands-on experience corner for children.

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Aragusuku Beach

Aragusuku, Gusukube, Miyakojima City (Miyako Island)

Aragusuku Beach is a shallow water beach adjacent to Yoshino Beach. Aragusuku Beach is popular with tourists and locals alike for sea bathing and snorkeling. You can see vividly colored tropical fish in the shallow water just off the beach. There is a shop that’s open during the summer months only. No toilet or shower facilities are available at the beach.


King Sho En Garden Park

Shomi, Izena Village (Izena Island)

The park was established to celebrate the passage of 580 years since the birth of King Sho En. In the park there is a bronze statue of Kanamaru, the name King Sho En used to be known by before ascending the throne.


Tamaudun Mausoleum

Izena, Izena Village (Izena Island)

This royal mausoleum is situated near the Izena Castle Ruins, which are located in the southeast of Izena Island. The mausoleum is that of King Sho En and his descendents and was built in 1501. Okinawa Prefecture designated it a historic site in 1958.


Glass House in the Forest

478 Biimata, Nago City
Tel: 0120-54-7519
Hours: 9:00-18:00
Open daily

You can watch professional glass artisans at work and also try your hand at glassblowing. The shop stocks over 200 types of colorful Ryukyu glassware sold at discounted prices.

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Tomai-hama (Tsuken Beach)

Tsuken Katsuren, Uruma City (Tsuken Island)

Shaped like an arch, Tomai-hama is a popular beach that is also equipped with a campsite nearby.


Fureai Folk Museum

196-129 Izena, Izena Village (Izena Island)
Tel: 0980-45-2165
Hours: 9:00-17:00
Closed: Mon
Admission: 200 yen for ages 16 and over, 100 yen for ages 6-15.

Items that reflect the glory of the Sho dynasties are exhibited in this museum. The items on display include elegant and vivid Ryukyu lacquerware used during the Shiimii festival (originally a visit to the royal tomb and a meal together among members of the royal family). Other items include gifts from the royal family that have been preserved in the collection of the Mekaru family.

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