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Things to Do in Naha

Naha, 22 Sep.

Explore these great things to see and do in Naha, from white-sand beaches to Shurijo Castle.

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KOKUSAI STREET

Kokusai Street

It’s always crowded, always local, and always fun – Kokusai Dori or International Street is a 1.6km strip in the heart of the city known as the ‘miracle mile’.

The Naha Hari

The Naha Hari

The biggest race is the Naha Haari, which takes place every May and attracts more than 200,000 visitors.

Sēfa-utaki

Seifa Utaki

Although many sacred places or ‘utaki’ are found all over Okinawa, Seifa Utaki, tucked away in the rural south-east of the island, is the most revered.

Okuma Beach

Okuma Beach

Almost a kilometer long, Okuma Beach’s smooth white sand, sparkling waters and colorful beach cottages are picture perfect.

Yachimun Street

Yachimun Street

Okinawa pottery or ‘yachimun’ has a history of more than 400 years, and is known for its high quality and distinctive style.

Busena Beach

Busena Beach

Busena Cape boasts an luxury resort, a marine park with an underwater observatory, and a beach with a pier offering marine activities, such as glass bottom boats.

Blue Cave (Okinawa Main Island)

Blue Cave

One of the most famous spots on the island, the Blue Cave draws divers, kayakers and snorkellers who all want to see the stunning sapphire colors hidden inside.

Hatenohama (Kume Island)

Hatenohama (Kume Island)

Just offshore Kume Island, and surrounded by untouched reefs, is one of Japan’s biggest shoals – a sandy bank almost seven kilometres from east to west.

Tomari Iyumachi

Tomari Iyumachi

This fish market in the outskirts of Naha sells the freshest catch from the Okinawa Fishing Cooperative, and specializes in local tuna.

Naha Great Tug-of-War

Naha Great Tug-of-War

Tug-of-war events are held all over Okinawa from July to October, and the Naha Great Tug-of-War is one of the biggest.

Emerald Beach

Emerald Beach

True to its name, Emerald Beach was selected as one of the 55 Best Beaches in Japan by the Environment Agency.

Champuru

Champuru

In the Okinawan dialect, ‘champuru’ means to mix and combine, and the name is aptly applied to these dishes, which mainly consist of stir-fried vegetables but also ingredients such as pork and shima tofu (island tofu).

Awamori

Awamori

Loved by locals and made only in Okinawa, Awamori is a true flavor of the islands.

Okinawa Soba

Okinawa Soba

With tens of thousands of servings eaten every day, it is no exaggeration to say that Okinawa soba is soul food for the people of Okinawa.

Fukushuen Garden

Fukushuen Garden

This beautiful Chinese garden is a green oasis in downtown Naha, and a symbol of Okinawa’s close ties with China.

21st century Forest Beach

21st Century Forest Beach

This may be an artificial bay, but you can have some real fun here at the three different beach sections that play host to year-round activities, like beach volleyball and barbeques.

Moon Beach

Moon Beach

Named after its perfect semicircular shape, Moon Beach is located in popular resort area Onna Village, and though attached to a hotel is open to the public.

The 10,000 Eisa Dancers Parade

The 10,000 Eisa Dancers Parade

On the first Sunday of every August, Kokusai Dori (International Street) transforms into a festival zone with the parade of 10,000 Eisa Dancers.