478 Biimata, Nago City
URL: www.morinogarasukan.co.jp (Japanese)
At Glass House in the Forest in the northern city of Nago, you can watch glass artisans at work and even try your hand at glassblowing with the help of one of the artists (from ¥1,620 / Reservations for glass making required). Don't forget to take a look at the shop, which stocks over 200 types of colorful Ryukyu glassware.This place is a 30-minute drive from the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.
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
Underwater observatory and glass bottom boat
1744-4 Kise, Nago City
Hours: April-October 9:00-18:00; November-March 9:00-17:30
*Entrance permitted up to 30 minutes before closing time.
Combination admission (underwater observatory & glass-bottom boat):
Adults ¥2,060, ages 16-22 ¥1,650, under 16 ¥1,030 *Glass-bottom boat departs every 20 minutes from 9:10.
1,030 yen for adults, 820 yen for ages 16-18 and university and college students, 520 yen for ages 4-15
1,540 yen for adults, 1,230 yen for ages 16-18 and university and college students, 770 yen for ages 4-15
4-19 Nishizaki-cho, Itoman City
The Fish Center on the Itoman Roadside Station premises sells the catch of the day and accompanying items. Priced between ¥200 and ¥500, offerings include sashimi, sushi, shrimp or octopus skewers, scallops and lobster with sea urchin sauce.
1-2 Kinjo-cho, Shuri, Naha City
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.
410 Hamamoto, Motobu Town
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.
11-2 Minato, Chatan Town
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.
This is a park set in the midst of mangrove trees in Gesashi Bay. The mangrove forest has been designated a national natural monument. There is a walkway through the park and an observation deck from where visitors can observe the mangroves.
54-1 Gesashi, Higashi Village