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Sunflower Festival

The location and dates of the 2015 festival have changed from previous years. This year it will operate from February 28th through March 15th.  CONTRIBUTED...

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...

Tree Village (Hedo of Ogimi Village)

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS When’s the last time you saw a random road in Oki and wondered where it led? That happens to us almost daily. When...

Izumi Sho Park

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN Izumi Sho Park is definitely a place for kids of all ages. It has a slow-moving roller slide for the little ones,...

Paragliding

CONTRIBUTED BY SHELL BURGER/VIDEO BY RYAN BURGER When I put my name into the Discover Okinawa Paragliding Facebook contest run by the Schilling Community Center on Kadena...

The Naha Tug of War

This post was originally published on February 3, 2008. We're pulling it out of the archives for you to enjoy.  The Naha Tug Of...

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...

Tomori Stone Lions

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN About eight months ago a friend mentioned that her family visited some WWII sites. “What?!” I am a war history...

Todoroki Waterfall (aka Ice House Falls)

CONTRIBUTED BY SANDRA STAMOS Looking for an easy-to-access swimming hole with a waterfall? No hiking skills or river fording is required to find this jewel near...

Mist Fountain

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN Spending the day in the sun while seeing the sights can be draining. If you are in the Naha area, head...

Southeast Botanical Gardens

Editor’s Note: The Southeast Botanical Gardens were originally reviewed on Okinawa Hai on March 29, 2007, August 27, 2007 and October 10, 2008; an additional...

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,...

Yohena Ajisai (Hydrangea) Garden

CONTRIBUTED BY CALYN PAQUIN There is no doubt Okinawa has beautiful and gorgeous flowers. Even if flower is not your thing, there is something about...

Okinawa Fruits Land

CONTRIBUTED BY LEAH MAGID Editor's Note: This is an update to the original article on Okinawa Fruits Land we published in 2010.  You can read...

Bushido Mud Run

Editor's Note: Registration for the April 25, 2015 Bushido Mud Run is open and more information is available on the MCCS Okinawa website. The...

Ojima Island

CONTRIBUTED BY MONETTE EAMES You know that book titled, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt?” Well, that’s what our family felt like doing on a...

Weekend Adventure Group

CONTRIBUTED BY NOEL LOPEZ If you're like me and want to explore Okinawa but don’t know where to start I have found the perfect way...

RewaZen Yoga

CONTRIBUTED BY CRYSTAL SCHOLLARD As I lay there quietly on the beach listening to the waves of my breath and slowly hear the sounds of...

Salty Rods Fishing

CONTRIBUTED BY AARON LANDIS Remember the days back home fishing in the local watering hole or lake? Want to tango with larger game, reel in...

Annual Turtle Release

CONTRIBUTED BY JESSICA YANKEY Turtle Crate Recently, my family and I attended the annual turtle release by Churaumi Aquarium. We were invited by the local Boy...

Motobu Genkimura (Motobu Wellness Village)

Motobu Dolphin Jump CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS We swam with dolphins! Literally! This last weekend my family and I were blessed with the opportunity to join...

Snorkeling Minamionna

CONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON Mina Sea Life 2 I read about this location last year and decided to take a co-worker of mine who really enjoys...

Happy Surfing Okinawa

CONTRIBUTED BY SARAH HOFFMAN Happy Surfing Exterior I had surfed a bit as a child on the US east coast, and wanted to introduce my children...

Snorkeling Cape Hedo

CONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON Snorkeling Area Snorkeling this area is very rewarding if you use your best judgement. There is plenty of areas to see squid,...

Kijoka Falls

CONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON Kijoka Torii Kijoka Falls found about this site from my Okinawa Explorer Book. Since I was heading past this area, it was a...

Fukugawa Falls I & II

Fukugawa Falls CONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON For those seeking adventure, Fukugawa falls is a great place to visit. Be prepared to hike, climb and swim all...

Kenmin no Mori (Prefectural Citizen's Forest)

CONTRIBUTED BY KRISTY WELLS Another geocaching adventure took us north to Kin on a beautiful, spring Saturday. The cache was located at Kenmin no Mori...

Kakazutaka Observatory Park (Hacksaw Ridge)

CONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON Kakazutaka Panorama Otherwise known as Kakazu Ridge, where a fierce battle took place during WWII. Bullet holes from the war can be...

Kakinohanahiyja

CONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON KKHHJ View KKHHJ Sign I took another trip to the Nanjo area to find this place after seeing a sign for it off...