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Taiho Dam Park

CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELLE CAMINA Some of the best advice I can give to those that love finding free activities to do and who enjoy the...

Yamashishigaki Mutayama Trail

CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELLE CAMINA Near the Shah Bay Mutabaru Observatory in Ogimi, there is a small statue of a wild boar lying next to a...

Shah Bay Mutabaru Observatory

CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELLE CAMINA Perched high within the Ogimi mountainside is a lovely overlook area once belonging to a defunct resort hotel (Shah Bay) which...

Igimihakinzo Park

CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELLE CAMINA A neat little scenic spot to visit the next time you are in the northern Okinawa area is Igimihakinzo Observatory Park....

Ishiyama Observatory

CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELLE CAMINA High in the mountains of Ogimi there is a wonderful lookout area that offers visitors a near 360̊ panoramic view of...

The Azalea Festival in Higashi Village

The 2016 azalea festival on Okinawa runs from March 1st through the 21st. Find out more below! CONTRIBUTED BY ANTHONY CAMINA Annually in March Higashi Village hosts a...

Okinawa Food Flea

CONTRIBUTED BY KASSIE O'DRISCOLL Okinawa Food Flea is a festival held about every other month in Chatan that had me hooked from the very beginning....

Nago Castle Park

CONTRIBUTED BY ANTHONY CAMINA Ground zero during cherry blossom season, this majestic 71.1 hectare park sits high above the urban skyline on Mt. Nago. Once...

Matsuda Mēgā Gama Cave Tour

CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELLE CAMINA When we think of caves on Okinawa, most of us are familiar with the Gyokusendo Cave of Okinawa World in Nanjō-shi,...

Onna-son (Onna Village) Akama Athletic Park

CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELLE CAMINA By far one of the nicest places on island to get one’s PT on is Onna Village’s Akama Athletic Park. The park...

Kin Dam Park

CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELLE CAMINA Kin Dam Park is one of the newest parks to open in Okinawa. Located just past Camp Hansen, off Route 329,...

Dining ON the Sunabe Seawall

CONTRIBUTED BY NATASHA GARRIDO Without a doubt, Okinawa has a wide array of restaurants to choose from. A diligent individual could have his or her...

Kin Okawa Spring

CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELLE CAMINA In the town of Kin there is a natural spring that bubbles and pours forth from the confines of a shrine-like...

Fold of the Kayo Formation

CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELLE CAMINA Along the northeastern coastline of Okinawa, dotted by sleepy fishing villages and occasional signs pointing tourists towards secluded cafes, sit a...

Kanna Dam Park

CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELLE CAMINA One of the best things to do in Okinawa is explore its many parks and recreational areas—and the island is certainly...

Bise Tree Road: Fuku Ippuku Chaya Bike Rentals

Editor's Note: We have another post all about Bise Village, but for more specifics about bike rentals, keep reading below! CONTRIBUTED BY CASEY ANNIS Bise Fukugi...

Mount Yaedake and Sakura no Mori Park

CONTRIBUTED BY ANTHONY CAMINA Towering high above the Motobu landscape is the expansive and beautiful Mount Yaedake. It is ironic that as prominent as the...

Kinjocho Stone Pavement

CONTRIBUTED BY EMILY COZZIE This month my husband and I made a challenge to find free things to do on Okinawa, so we decided to...

Exotic Zoo (Inside Southeast Botanical Gardens)

CONTRIBUTED BY JENNIFER MARTINEZ What better way to spend a breezy, uneventful afternoon in Okinawa than by strolling through the vibrant Southeast Botanical Gardens in...

Sea Glass Beach

CONTRIBUTED BY EMILY COZZIE   It’s no doubt that Okinawa is one of the best places to find sea glass. Let’s face it, we can’t help...

Otohadake Forest Park

CONTRIBUTED BY ANTHONY CAMINA Northern Okinawa can be a wonderland for those adventurous souls seeking special places to explore off the beaten path and guidebooks....

Ahacha Bridge

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN I kept seeing pictures of an ancient beautiful bridge but could never figure out where it was or even what it...

Windsurfing: Kaichu Doro, “The Red Bridge”

CONTRIBUTED BY SANDY GIBBONS If you are like my husband, you gave up bringing the couch to Okinawa because you had to bring your windsurfing...

Nago Citizen Beach

CONTRIBUTED BY EMILY BUREK Clearly marked with a sign in English before your turn off of 58, Nago Citizen Beach is a nice place to...

Geocaching on Okinawa

For those of you who are new(er) to the island and looking for some great outdoor activities to help you explore the island -...

Organic Okinawa: Volunteers Keeping Okinawa Beautiful

CONTRIBUTED BY IRWIN DULAN II Recently while strolling through Urasoe Dai Koen I came across a friendly elderly gentleman. Dressed in a smart exercise jumper...

Omiya Park

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN Soon after my son started attending a Japanese preschool, we discovered this playground right around the corner. The Omiya Park is...

Azalea Festival

This post was originally published on March 14, 2008. Because it's azalea season again, we're pulling it out of the archives for our newer...

Cheer on Runners in the Okinawa Marathon

This post was originally published on February 26, 2010. We're pulling it out of the archives so that maybe this year you can help...

Ogido Park (Nakagusuku Park)

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN Editor's Note: A reader has commented that a sign at this park names it Nakagusuku Park, rather than Ogido Park.  Introducing the...