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A Visit To Gokoku-ji Temple

CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY Have you had a chance to visit the beautiful Naminoue-gu shrine yet? If you are planning a visit, I’d like to draw...

A Visit To Jingu-ji Temple

CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY Have any of you visited Futenma shrine caves? For those who have, you may or may not have noticed, a short...

November 2016 Local Events Calendar

CONTRIBUTED BY KERI C. Here you’ll find a list of local events for the month of November. Events on the island are constantly being created...

A Visit To The Futenma Shrine Caves

    CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY If you’ve ever driven out of Camp Foster's Legion Gate and taken a right, you’ll have passed by Futenma Shrine Caves....

Nakijin Castle Ruins: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in 2015, but we received another post with some valuable information that we felt should be added....

Nakagusuku Castle Ruins

Editor's Note: The Nakagusuku Castle Ruins were originally reviewed on Okinawa Hai on December 12, 2008; you can read a PDF copy of that original review HERE. The...

Photo Of The Week: Fukushen Gardens, Naha

Thanks to Keith Robbins of Silver Fo Photography taken at the Fukushen Gardens in Naha - this is a runner up for our 2016...

Fukushen Gardens

Editor's Note: Fukushen Garden was originally reviewed on Okinawa Hai on August 14, 2009; you can read a PDF copy of that original review HERE. The post...

Zakimi Castle Site Park “Wooden Way” Jogging/Walking Trail

CONTRIBUTED BY JENNIFER GILES Zakimi Castle Site Park has a paved trail that leads to “Wooden Way”, a long boardwalk that runs through a dense...

Naminoue-gu Shrine

CONTRIBUTED BY HANNAH CURTIS  Perched up on a hill Naminoue-gu Shrine overlooks Naminoue Beach and of course the East China Sea. In 1605 Naminoue became the...

Daruma Temple

CONTRIBUTED BY LAUREN GOEKU One of my favourite things about living in Japan is stumbling upon beautiful shrines and temples while wandering aimlessly through the...

Sueyoshi Koen (Park)

CONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON Sueyoshi Koen is a large park along the southern edge of Urasoe and the northern edge of Naha. It provides a...

Kyozuka Monument

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN As I was walking along the cobblestone path near Ahacha Bridge, I discovered the Kyozuka Monument. I was very surprised to...

Japan Experience: House Rental in Kyoto

CONTRIBUTED BY MARIE LEWIS Editor's Note: Marie was recently invited to enjoy a complimentary stay at two rental homes by Japan Experience, a European travel...

Kin Kannon-do Temple & Cave

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN Just down the road from the front gate of Camp Hansen is the beautiful Kin Kannon-do Temple. It is pretty easy...

Makiminato Terabu Cave & Shrine

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN It never ceases to amaze me what things are hiding in plain sight, here in Okinawa. I have driven past this...

Oyama Mayagama

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN Sometimes the oldest folklore is the scariest, and what perfect time to learn a new legend than on Halloween! While this story...

Yaese Castle Ruins

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN On a day exploring a southern part of the island, we stumbled upon the Yaese Castle ruins. I felt like I...

Morinokawa Spring

CONTRIBUTED BY MUNEERAH BEE Not too long ago, I randomly chanced upon an interesting legend about a place in Ginowan city. And the next day,...

Newlywed PCS, Part 12: When Relatives Visit

For those of you planning a move to Okinawa soon, we hope Marie's descriptions of the process of their travel and first months of...

Agena Castle Ruins

CONTRIBUTED BY KRISTY WELLS An errand trip out to the McT area motivated me to make the drive more than just a chore. We are...

Itokazu Ruins

CONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON I was heading to check out Nirai Kanai Bridge in Nanjo-shi (the end of Pref. Route 86), and was detoured off...

Tamagusuku Ruins

CONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON Tamagusuku Arch I found this place driving north from Peace Memorial Park. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but a simple...

Gushikawa Ruins & Cape Kyan

CONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON Kyan View These two sites provide fantastic views of the southern coast as well as secluded snorkeling opportunites (given the sea condtions)....

Urasoe City Park & Castle Site

CONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON Urasoe Pano 1 Urasoe City Park & Castle Site is a massive network of observatories, walking paths and a large playground at...

World Heritage Site: Tamaudun Royal Mausoleum

CONTRIBUTED BY JANNEL KETTENRING Tamaudun Sign Tamaudun Door With the goal to see all nine World Heritage sites on Okinawa, while a friend was visiting, we headed...

Explore the North Tour

CONTRIBUTED BY SUZIE SMITH What do castle ruins, yakaniku lunch, pineapple wine, glass blowing, and a beer factory have in common? We all know how...

Katsuren Castle

CONTRIBUTED BY JENNIFER MARTINEZ The KES school bus drives ahead. Meanwhile we’re stuck at a red light in the Tamagusuku area of Nanjo.  My...

Zakimi Castle

CONTRIBUTED BY JENNIFER MARTINEZ After our trip to Cape Zanpa Lighthouse, my family and I saw a small sign to Zakimi Castle Ruins -- 1.6km.  We...

Yara Castle Ruins

CONTRIBUTED BY JENNIFER MARTINEZ Okinawa is full of amazing tourist spots.  For some, the places that are pin pointed on the map will be the...

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