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Things to do in Okinawa

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Amusement Park
“A theme park filled with the charm of Okinawa. There are a variety of activities, from Gyokusendo Cave, powerful Acer, and the Ryukyu Kingdom Castle Town,and Ryukyu glass making experience.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Historic Site
“ZAKIMI CASTLE RUINS It was built between 1416 and 1422 by the renowned Ryukyuan general Gosamaru, a project which involved workers from as far away as the Amami Islands, and was partly constructed with materials taken from nearby Yamada Castle.[1] Zakimi Castle oversaw the northern portion of central Okinawa Island. The fortress has two inner courts, each with an arched gate. This is Okinawa's first stone arch gate featuring the unique keystone masonry of the Ryukyus. Before and during World War II, the castle was used as a gun emplacement by the Japanese. After the war it was used as a radar station by the US forces. Some of the walls were destroyed to install the radar equipment, but they have been restored. Zakimi Castle and Okinawa's other castles were named World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in November 2000.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Art Museum
“沖縄の歴史も学べる美術館・博物館です。 It is a museum and museum where you can also learn the history of Okinawa. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Resort
“KOURI island is famous as an island of love. Cross the long bridge and enter the island. The color of the sea is very beautiful.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“多くの人でにぎわう那覇市第一牧志公設市場は、1階に精肉部、鮮魚部、生鮮部、2階に食堂があり、購入した鮮魚を2階の食堂で調理してもらい食べることもできる。地元沖縄の人とも触れ合える魅力的な市場。 The Makishi Public Market is filled with the energies that vitalize Okinawa. The actual market is on the first floor and offers a glance of Okinawan cuisine with its colorful tropical seafood, pork sold in mass, and unsophisticated island vegetables. There are plenty of restaurants on the second floor of the market. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Theme Park
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“Enjoy the world of pineapple and other tropical plants at Nago Pineapple Park! Not only can you learn all about the pineapple, you can also enjoy different foods made with pineapple. Great for families and couples ☆ パイナップルやトロピカルな植物の世界を楽しめるパークです。パイナップルのことについて学べる環境でありパイナップルを使った料理も味わえます。家族・カップルにおすすめ☆”
  • 33 locals recommend
Hotel
“Our main tourist street. There are all sorts of gift shops that may interest you. Personally, they all feel the same… The food on this street tends to be overpriced too, so try going in one block to find some more authentic stuff.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Beach
“15 minutes drive from the villa. Y ou can safely play with your children and walk along the shore with your family. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“A famous steak house in Okinawa. Loved by the local people as well as the tourists. Open from 11am to 1:30 am. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
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“A big shopping mall with food, appliances, clothes, restaurants and cinemas. The hotel is a 15-minute walk away. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Zoo
“At Kodomo no Kuni there is a zoo and "wonder" museum.   It is a place that everyone can enjoy!☻ Great for families and couples ☆ こどもの国には動物園と「ワンダー」ミュージアムがあります。誰でも楽しめる環境です!☻  家族・カップルにおすすめ☆”
  • 19 locals recommend
Landmark
“The ruins of a castle built in the 14th-15th century in the village of Kitanakagusuku. Located on top of a 160m tall hill, the six walled courtyards of this castle are a sight to see, and will allow you to feel the history and culture of the Ryukyu people. From the top of the ruins, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Nakagusuku Castle ruins are also registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Lush, serene nature park featuring boat & water buffalo rides, plus kayaking, a petting zoo & cafes.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Murasaki Mura is perfect for people who want to "experience" the Okinawan culture! They have many activities for people visiting Okinawa so that they can make the most out of their stay in Okinawa! The beach nearby is very nice.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Beach
“Admission is necessary Because it is got a grip, beach management feels relieved with children. Glass boat and a snorkel, the experience-based diving support, too.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Transportation
“ There is a reason behind the mysterious beauty of the Blue Cave. As you will understand if you look at a rainbow, there are a variety of colors contained in the light of the sun. When this light hits the water it will be absorbed, but the red wavelength disappears because it is long. Conversely, since blue is a short wavelength within the seven prismatic colors, the blue color will remain. This is the reason why you see the sea as blue. The Blue Cave is in the center of the main island of Okinawa, in Cape Maeda of Onna Village. From Naha Airport or from Kokusai Street in Naha City, it is about an hour away by car. ”
  • 25 locals recommend