10 "Must See" Things and 20 "To Do" Items

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Okinawa, Japan

10 "Must See" Things and 20 "To Do" Items Okinawa Reviews

jennjeff1 jennjeff1
143 reviews
Feb 07, 2008
Here is a short list of things everyone "must see" in Okinawa:

- Kokusai Dori or "International Street" in the prefecture capital city of Naha.

- Shuri Castle and city gates built in the 14th century.

- Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium including two 14-foot whale sharks, manta rays and schooling fish like tuna and bonita swimming around in a huge 7,500 ton tank right over your head as you look up through 27-inch thick pexiglass.

- The Busena Terrace Hotel where the G8 summit was held in July 2000 (Very expensive but the food, views and activities are fantastic even if you just get a 1-day pass!).

- Cape Hedo at the north end of the island.

- Japanese Underground Headquarters during WWII.

- Peace Prayer Park and Okinawa Battlefields tour.

- Bullfighting (bull versus bull and usually nobody gets hurt).

- Traditional Okinawan "Eisa" drummers.

- Nago Cherry Blossom Festival (end of January).

Here is a short list of things to do in Okinawa:

- Sunset sailing cruises and whale watching.

- Watch the "Kame" sea turtles hatch and make their way to the ocean--sometimes there are several hundred baby turtles that just hatched (July-August) making their way out to sea.

- ClubMed Kabira all-inclusive on the nearby island of Ishigaki--Voted best resort hotel in Japan by "Dive and Travel magazine". Gotta try the Ishigaki beef (all corn fed) BBQ. We also enjoyed hunting for the tiny star-shaped sand and the submarine to the live reefs offshore of nearby Iriomote Island via speedboat. The yak-pulled cart to the botanical gardens of Yubu Island with birds and butterflies.

- Dragon boat races.

- Outstanding snorkelling and scuba.

- Surfing and beach combing for HUGE shells.

- Pottery and artwork unique to Yomitan, Okinawa.

- Try your hand at glass blowing.

- "Pizza in the Sky" if you can find it on the hilltop overlooking the islets near the Aquarium.

- Ryukyu Okinawa Village.

- Yambaru Subtropical Park and Ryukyu Castle Butterfly Park.

- Orion Brewery and Helios Micro-Brewery.

- All types of water sports, surfing, hiking and paragliding.

- Visit the other islands of the Ryukyuan Islands.

- The Zoo in Okinawa City is very impressive.

- Hike to the 30-foot tall Hiji Falls.

I will have to write more later and post pictures with my reviews.
View of Okinawa from Busena Terrac…
Nakadomari Beach at sunset with ca…
Hiji Falls (30 feet tall at the en…
Okinawa bullfighting (bull versus …
jcgetm says:
Aside from Churaumi Aquarium I wasn't sure what else to see and do. Now I have a better idea! Terrific list, thanks JennJeff!
Posted on: Jul 31, 2010
Yeah_Anyway says:
Thanks for the suggestions. I am will check out several in a few days.
Posted on: Jul 29, 2010
Flyinhigh says:
Nice review, I had to bookmark it. :)
Posted on: Feb 16, 2009
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