Ishikawa Kougen Observatory
CONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON
I found out about this place from the Uruma City offical website. Since I can’t read anything in Japanese, I had a co-worker translate it’s whereabouts for me. Thanks to her help. I set out to find it from work (Kadena).
It literally takes under half an hour to get there. But from the description translated to me, it is over 200 stairs to climb before reaching the top. There are places every 30-40 steps to rest, but the area has not been well maintained and is overgrown.
Finally, upon reaching the top, you will see the observation platform and an awesome preview of the breathtaking 360 degree view. From this observatory, you can see parts of Maeda Point, Cape Zanpa, Kin Bay, Ishikawa, and much more. There is a small painting on tiles that explains what you see (in Japanese) in the observatory facing north.
This spot is located on the same road used to access the entrance to Bios on the Hill and Royal Garden Resort.
Directions: To get here use Highway 58 north to Pref. Highway 6 at Nakadomari Minami (South) Intersection (past the Renaissance Hotel). Turn left at the Nakadomari Minami and turn right at the next signal afterwards. At the next signal, turn right again (do not follow Pref. Route 73!). When you see the sign for Royal Garden Resort on the right, turn right. Follow this road past Bios on the hill until you see a red top concrete gazebo on your right and a small parking area up a ramp.