The southernmost island of Japan are an ideal location for a beach vacation during your visit to Japan. From pristine beaches to world-class attractions, Okinawa is filled with activities to do and sights to see. Fun for the whole family, there isn’t a reason NOT to visit Okinawa. For those needing extra encouragement, here are a few reasons why you SHOULD visit Okinawa (as soon as possible). 1. Gorgeous landscape. If...Read More
Okinawa, known as the “Hawaii” of Japan, is far more than beautiful beaches and outdoor entertainment. It is a land rich in culture, history, and activity which can be enjoyed by visitors from around the world. The blend of cultures in Okinawa makes it an interesting place to immerse oneself and explore the area, people, and cultural offerings. While International Street and the famous aquarium, Churaumi, to the north are...Read More
At the 1975 world’s fair in the Ocean Expo Park at Motobu, Okinawa drew the attention of visitors all around the world. In 2002, the world once again turned their heads to this area – this time for the opening of Churaumi Aquarium. Designed by Yukifusa Kokuba, this four-floor aquarium bears the elegant name of “beautiful ocean,” a name voted upon by the Japanese public. It has been a popular destination for the nearly three...Read More
Along a small backstreet road in the traditional pottery area, Tsuboya, in Naha, you will find a small studio surrounded by shrubbery and large clay statues. It is one of many make-your-own pottery shops in the area. While reservations are recommended, you can also walk in and commence your pottery adventure. Choose from two designs of shisa (traditional guardian statue) or dishware and follow your teacher into the studio room. As the...Read More
‘Shurei-mon gate’ is a wooden two-storied gate standing at the main entrance of ‘Shurijo-castle’ that’s the largest castle in Okinawa Pref.
‘Shurei-mon gate’ in the picture is supposed to be built in the middle of the 16th century. This gate was burnt down during the Second World War and was rebuilt in 1958. The name of ‘Shurei’ came from the tablet reads ‘Shurei-no-kuni’, literally a country of observance of courtesy, fixed on the upper part of the gate. When it was rebuilt after the War, the gate stood apart all alone in the grounds...Read More
‘Shuri-jo castle’, the largest castle in Okinawa, is on the World Heritage List, together with other four ‘Gusukus’ meaning castles.
‘Shuri-jo castle’, where the successive kings of ‘Ryukyu Kingdom’ resided, stands on a high ground commanding Naha City, the prefectural capital of Okinawa. Many buildings in this site used to be designated as a national treasure before the Second World War. These precious buildings were reduced to ashes during the war, nevertheless they were reconstructed in 1980’s. The picture above shows the imperial...Read More