Naha Japan

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Naha (那覇) is the capital of the Okinawa Prefecture in Japan and is the main city on Okinawa Island. with a population of around 700,000 - more than half the total population of Okinawa.

Naha Airport (那覇空港 Naha-kūkō. OKA ; [1] ) is the largest airport in the Okinawa area and the main hub for international and inter-island flights. A new monorail, opened in 2003, connects the airport to the city center.

  • Shuri Castle ( 首里城 ; Shuri-jō ), 1-2 Kinjo-cho, Shuri, Naha City. ☎ 098-886-2020. Apr-Jun 8:30-20:00, Jul-Sep 8:30-21:00, Oct-Nov 8:30-20:00, Dec-Mar 8:30-1900. This castle is the former seat of the Ryukyu Kingdom, built in the Okinawan gusuku style. Completely destroyed during World War II, the present buildings were rebuilt in 1958 and 1992. Access via the monorail station "Shuri", 20% discount if you have a monorail daily pass. Also discounts on parties of 20 or more. ¥800 for adults, ¥600 for high school, ¥300 for elem. & middle school, free for under 5.  edit
  • Himeyuri Peace Museum. 671-1 Aza-Ihara, Itoman. ☎ 098-997-2101. [3]. 9:00-17:00. Students from two women's schools, together called Himeyuri, were mobilized to work as field nurses during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. This memorial museum documents, from a personal perspective, their lives before and during the battle, in which many of them died. Exhibits are labeled in English, and the museum is a worthwhile visit. ¥300 for adults.  edit
  • Peace Park. This park has a beautiful view overlooking the ocean, and features several open-air memorials including the Cornerstone of Peace. wave-like walls of granite on which are engraved the names of those who died in the battle on the front as well as the back. It is a very interesting park.  edit
  • Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum. 614-1 Mabuni. ☎ 098-997-3844. [4]. Tuesday-Sunday 9:00-17:00, closed Dec. 29-Jan. 3. Museum describes the Battle of Okinawa. ¥300 for adults.  edit
  • Okinawa Peace Memorial Hall. 448-2 Mabuni Itoman. ☎ 098-997-3011. A separate memorial, marked by a high tower, with the Peace Memorial Statue and exhibitions of Japanese artists. ¥500 for adults.  edit
  • Okinawa World. 1336 Maekawa, Tamagusuku Village ( Take Bus No. 54 or 83 to the Gyokusendo-mae stop. ), ☎ 098-949-7421. [5]. 9:00-17:00. The major attraction at this theme park is Gyokusendo Cave, 890 meters long, with some interesting stalagmite and stalactite formations. Above the cave is a touristy village with performances of traditional dance, shops selling crafts and snake liquors, and restaurants. Separate admission is required for the habu snake exhibition which includes a snake and mongoose show. Cave and village for ¥1,200, snake exhibition ¥400 extra.  edit

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