Kyushu/Okinawa

Visit the cities! The islands! The sea! Enjoy the whole of Okinawa for five nights and six days!

Enjoy dining, shopping, craftsmanship, world heritage, driving and marine sports. This is a course for tourists who want to experience everything about Okinawa!

Visit the cities! The islands! The sea! Enjoy the whole of Okinawa for five nights and six days!

Complete Process :Five nights and six days
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Tomari Port
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*Rented cars can be returned at sales offices near the Airport, and then go to the Airport by free shuttle bus

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Naha Airport

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Introduction to Spots
Naha Airport
Kokusai Dori
The Kokusai-dori (International Street) called “the miracle one-mile” with the whole length of about 1.6km is a shopping street becoming a symbol of Okinawa. Okinawa made a remarkable comeback from the destroyed land by fire due to the World War II. Currently, this street is one of major sightseeing areas of Okinawa gathering many tourists. The street is lined with a number of stores including duty-free shops and restaurants where you can enjoy Ishigaki-gyu (beef) and Aguu-buta (pork).
Makishi Kosetsu Ichiba (Public Market)
After the Okinawa war in the World War II, the old town of Okinawa was requisitioned by the US army. This market was established by the Naha city administration as a countermeasure against a black market dealing with smuggled goods initiated in this area of Naha-shi.
In these days, a few minutes’ walk through the arcade over the Ichiba Hondori (market main street) located in the central part of the Kokusai-dori will lead you to the Daiichi (the first) Makishi Kosetsu Ichiba which is busy and prosperous every day with a great many tourists other than residents. The ground floor is stores of fresh beef, fish and vegetables, and the 2nd floor is for restaurants where you can taste sea food using fresh fish you bought in the ground floor.
・Location: 2-10-1 Matsuo, Naha City
・TEL: O98-862-9989
・Opening Times: 8:00 - 20:00
Naha-shi Dento Kogeikan (Traditional Artifice Museum)
The Naha-shi Kogeikan is a museum where Naha’s traditional crafts such as “Ryukyu Bingata (textile dyeing),” “Tsuboya-yaki (ceramics),” “Ryukyu Glass,” “Shuri-ori (textile fabrics)” and “Ryukyu Shikki (lacquerware)” are lined up. These traditional crafts were born from nature and climate of Okinawa, and consummated through interaction with foreign countries and its own dynastic culture. There is a special exhibit room where excellent pieces of traditional crafts are displayed, a sales corner which has a large assortment of high quality crafts that are acceptable as gifts to everyone as mementos, and an experience-based craft center where visitors can make their own original works.
・Naha City Traditional Art Museum Official HP: http://www.kogeikan.jp/
・Location: Tenbusu Naha 2F, 3-2-10 Makishi, Naha City
・TEL: 098-868-7866
・Opening Times: 9.00 - 18:00
・Holidays: December 31 - January 2 (3 days)
Tsuboya Yachimun-dori (Tsuboya Yachimun Street)
Yachimun means ceramics in regional dialect of Okinawa. This area is one of major ceramics towns in Okinawa and the Yachimun-dori is lined with buildings of Tsuboya Yakimono Hakubutsukan (pottery museum), studios (potteries), Yachimun shops and restaurants where food is served on the Yachimun ceramics. The stone pavement path emanates an erstwhile atmosphere. Some shops deal with not only traditional ceramics like Shiisa (lion-shaped roof ornament), but also tableware arranged modernly, to make the Yachimun-dori a popular street for young women. There are studios where visitors can experience the ceramics making, and they attract children’s attention.
Periphery of Sakurazaka (Sloping Road)
This is a road with a markedly international character thriving with tourists. The east area interleaving from the Heiwa-dori (street) leading the Kosetsu Ichiba (market) over the Kibogaoka Koen (park) is called “Sakurazaka,” which once gained prominence as a busting area in Okinawa which was well-known to those appreciate its attractions. In the periphery of the movie theater “Sakurazaka Theater,” a landmark of Sakurazaka, stylish and unique bars are spotted. Going down the slope, you can reach an attractive area of mazes with neon signs, which is an exotic spot where the atmospheres of the good and old days of Okinawa and those of the modern Okinawa are mixed.
・Makishi, Naha-shi
Hotels in the City
Tomari Port
Tokashiki-jima and Zamami-jima (Islands)
These islands are included in the Kerama-shoto (Kerama Islands) that have been designated as a National Park. The sea water excellent for its transparency and beautiful blue color is called “Kerama Blue” and is a mecca for divers all over the world.
You can also enjoy snorkeling and other marine sports, and between January and March, you can experience whale watching.
Seifa-Utaki (Holy Place)
In Seifa-Utaki which had been recognized as a highest ranked holy place in the age of Ryukyu (the ancient kingdom located in Okinawa-ken), national festivals were held in those days. Due to its long history, Seifa-Utaki was registered as a World Heritage. The innermost spot “Sangui” having the triangle-shaped space formed by two stalactites is still used as a sacred place to pray. Tradition says that kings of the Ryukyu visited Sangui and admired the view across the west towards Kudaka Island. Even today, many people worship Seifa-Utaki as the “Agari Umai”, to hand down the event of a circuit pilgrimage to the sacred places that used to be conducted by kings of Ryukyu and Kikoe Okimi.
・Official Website: http://www.city.nanjo.okinawa.jp/tourism/2011/11/sefa.html
・Opening Times: 9:00-18:00 (last entry 17:30)
・Entrance Fee: Adult (High school student and over ) JPY 200, Child (Elementary school / Junior High school) JPY 100
・Holidays: May 1st - May 3rd, October 1st - October 3rd of the old calendar
・Location: 270-1, Aza-Kudeken, Chinen, Nanjo-shi
・TEL: 098-949-1899
Okinawa World (Theme Park)
“Okinawa World” is Okinawa Prefecture’s foremost theme park and is rich of the local nature, culture and history. The park’s main attraction is Gyokusendo which is a 5000 meter long ancient limestone cave assumed to be formed during the period of approximately 300,000 years. Of the whole cave, today an 890-meter promenade is opened to the public.
In the Okinawa World, there also located the Habu Park (including the only museum of Habu, the Okinawan snake), and a scenic village of old time Okinawa and workshops that allows experiencing Okinawa’s traditional industrial heritage and local folk crafts. In between, the traditional performance plaza offers high-spirited “Super Eisa” dances and other popular attractions daily.
The huge limestone cave, Gyukusendo Cave can also be viewed on Google Map.
・Official Website: http://www.gyokusendo.co.jp/okinawaworld/
・Opening Times: 9:00-18:00
・Entrance Fee:
Adult Child
Free Pass (Gyokusendo, Okokumura, Habu Park) JPY 1,600 JPY 830
Gyokusendo, Okokumura JPY 1,240 JPY 620
Okokumura JPY 620 JPY 310
Habu Park JPY 620 JPY 310
・Address: 1336, Tamagusuku Maekawa, Nanjo-shi, Okinawa-ken
・TEL: 098-949-1899
Ryukyu Garasu-mura (Glassware Center)
People in Okinawa reused glass bottles discard by the U.S. army after the War to make Ryukyu Glassware. The unique, distinctive appearance stems from the imperfections found in the glass itself, and its rich palette of colors and a feel of a material turned this into Okinawa’s artisan specialty. In Ryukyu Garasu-mura, a variety of glassware are produced, displayed and sold, and visitors can enjoy making their own piece of Ryukyu glassware in the workshop. Tthere is also a restaurant in the facility.
・Official Website: http://www.ryukyu-glass.co.jp/
・Location: 169, Fukuji, Itoman-shi
・Opening Times: 9:00-18:00
・Holidays: Always open
・TEL: 098-997-4784
Ashibina (Outlet Mall)
This outlet mall at the southernmost tip of Japan is located in the convenient site within 15 minutes from Naha Airport by car, and provides you with pleasure of shopping and eating even in a short time during the Okinawan sightseeing or waiting time for going on board. You can select well-known Japanese and foreign brand items among a variety of goods in shops of more than 100 including many duty-free shops. Of course, here you can buy fashion items, home electrical appliances, sundry goods and Okinawan souvenirs. Everyone, many couples and families, from adults to children can enjoy all day long.
・Ashibina Official HP: http://www.ashibinaa.com/
・Location: Toyosaki, Tomigusuku-shi
・TEL: 098-891-6000
・Opening Times: 10:00 - 20:00
・Holidays: Always open
T-galleria Okinawa
It means a group of roadside duty-free shops capable of purchasing brand items without showing a passport at duty-free prices. The world top-brand more than 130 items of fashion, jewelries, wrist watches, cosmetics, etc. can be seen in the shops. Here, at the lodgment of the travel, you can buy Okinawa’s exclusive souvenirs and use services of car-rental, baggage room and the like. T-galleria Okinawa is in the new urban area of Naha-shi where a large shopping center, Okinawa Kenritsu Hakubutsukan (Prefectural Museum) and Bijyutsukan (Art Museum), stylish restaurants and beyond exist, and is adjacent to Omoromachi Station of about 20 minutes from the Naha Airport by Yui Railway.
T-galleria Okinawa Official HP: https://www.com/jp/tgalleria-okinawa
・Location: 4-1 Omoromachi, Naha City
・TEL: 0120-782-460
・Opening Times: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:00am - 10:00pm
*Vary according to seasons and shops
Minatogawa States Side Town (Former Foreigners’ Residential Street)
In the American administrative period after the World War II, Americans had once lived in this area. At present, those houses were reformed to be utilized as shops, for such as café, restaurants and general goods. This area containing about 20 - 30 shops are called “Minatogawa States Side Town” and it has become a well-known spot for travelers. Please be care not to park on the streets which are very narrow or park in other shop’s parking area. It is better to use a toll parking lot.
American Village
It takes about 40 minutes by car from the Naha Airport. A big Ferris wheel located in the middle part of Okinawa Main Island is a land mark of this urban resort shopping area. Replicating a townscape of the West Coast of the United States, there are hotels and commercial facilities in a huge tract of area containable about 5 units of the Tokyo Dome. These facilities face beautiful beaches where you can see the sunset scene. In American Village, you can enjoy meals, shopping, movies and so on. Street performances sometimes are seen, and it is an area filled with entertainments performed all day and all night.
Hotel in Nago-shi Onna-son
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Located 2 hours by car from Naha-shi on the north of mainland Okinawa. In one of the world’s largest tank that was created to mirror the Okinawan sea, the whale shark and the manta can be seen. You can also see tropical fish and deep sea fish. Many sea creatures that you can only see here are exhibited. There is an outdoor dolphin show and other various programs that can be experienced for free. There is something for all members of a family.
・Opening Times: Summer (March-September) 8:30-20:00 (last entry 19:00), Normal periods (October-February): 8:30-18:30 (last entry 17:30)
・Entrance Fee: Adult (8:30-16:00) JPY 1,850, High School Student JPY 1,230, Elementary school / Junior High school student JPY 610
・Holidays: First Wednesday of December and the next day (for facility maintenance of Churaumi Aquarium, Nettai Dream Center (Tropical Plants Center) and Toshika Ryokka Shokubutsuen (Tropical & Subtropical Arboretum))
・Churaumi Official Website: http://oki-churaumi.jp/index.html
・Location: 424, Aza-Ishikawa, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun
・TEL: 0980-48-3748 
Kouri Island
Kouri Island is located in the north of mainland Okinawa, and is surrounded by the sea water that has optical clarity. Since the opening of the Kouri-Ohashi Bridge it has become a popular drive course for visitors. The emerald sea spreads out on both sides of the bridge, giving you a feeling that you are driving on the sea. The “Heart Rock”, which means a heart-shaped rock is on Tinu bay on the northern part of the island. It was made famous through a TV commercial film, because the rock formed of tow rocks is looked like a heart when viewing from a certain direction.
Shurijo Castle
Shuirjo Castle played a key role as a center for politics, diplomacy and culture during the age of the Ryukyu Kingdom. The Shoden (main building) that appears after you walk through many of the impressive castle gates is the largest construction of the age of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Due to the unique style of buildings based on the combination of the castle construction culture of China and Japan, and the masonry technique, it was registered as a World Heritage owing to its high cultural and historical values. Inside the facility, there are several cultural assets such as Shureimon (gate), Sonohyan-utaki-ishimon (stone gate) and Enkakuji temple ruins.
・Charged Areas: Shoden; Houjinmon; Nanden; Bansho; Shoin; Sasunoma; Kugani Udunn; Yu Inchi; Kinjyu Tsumesho; Okushoin; Kitatono
・Opening Times: April-June; 8:30-19:00 (18:30 last sale), July-September; 8:30-20:00 (19:30 last sales), October-November; 8:30-19:00 (18:30 last sale), February-March; 8:30-18:00 (17:30 last sale)
・Entrance Fee: Adult (under 20 JPY 820), Teenagers (High School) JPY 620, Child (Elementary / Junior High) JPY 310, Free for under 6 years old
・Official Website: http://oki-park.jp/shurijo/
・Location: 1-2, Kaneshiro-cho, Shuri, Naha-shi
・TEL: 098-886-2020
Senagajima Umikaji Terrace (Shopping Center in Senagajima Island)
This new sightseeing and shopping district is located in Sengajima Island which is 15 minutes by car from Naha Airport. It has a Mediterranean-like atmosphere with a row of white buildings, and there are restaurants and confectionary stores that offer dishes made of local products, fruit and vegetables. These facilities provide you an attractive shopping experience in Okinawan jewelry and craft shops. Senagajima Umikaji Terrace is very convenient for you due to short distance from the Airport.
・Opening Times: 10:00-22:00 (depends on the store)
・Address: 174-6, Senaga, Tomigusuku-shi
・TEL: 098-851-7446