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Japan, 〒900-0013 沖縄県那覇市Makishi, 3 Chome−2, 牧志3-2-10 てんぶす那覇ビル2階

This municipal institution not only offers a textual and visual overview of traditional Okinawan arts and crafts—some of which date back several centuries—but also introduces visitors to famous skilled artisans ("Living National...

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Japan, 〒904-2143 Okinawa-ken, Okinawa-shi, Chibana, 2146

These wonderful gardens feature over 30,000 specimens of local and exotic flora (including 1,300 species of tree) as well as a petting zoo with spider monkeys, goats and capybaras, all connected via picturesque walkways, canals, gates and bridges....

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1 Chome-9-32 Tsuboya, Naha-shi, Okinawa-ken 902-0065, Japan

Pottery has been a principal Okinawan craft since at least the time of the Ryukyu Kingdom (1429–1879), and this museum—located in Naha’s pottery district—is the place to discover its history and development across the ages,...

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Japan, 〒905-0206 Okinawa Prefecture, Kunigami District, Motobu, Ishikawa, 424番地

Situated on the Motobu Peninsula in northern Okinawa, this large and well-known park was built in 1976 to commemorate the Okinawa International Ocean Expo. Nowadays the sprawling complex offers the country’s finest aquarium, a nice stretch...

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Japan, 〒900-0031 Okinawa-ken, Naha-shi, Wakasa, 1 Chome−25−37

This poignant museum is centered around the tragic story of the Tsushima Maru, a Japanese ship sunk by an American submarine during World War II. Unbeknownst to the submarine crews, the ship was carrying hundreds of schoolchildren, around 775 of...

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Japan, 〒903-0812 Okinawa-ken, Naha-shi, Shuritōnokurachō, 2 Chome−13

This lovely restaurant can be found on the grounds of Shuri Castle in a picturesque old house, accessed via a stone gate and a walkway lined with palm trees and orchids. The interior has traditional tatami flooring with low tables, but in sunny...

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1 Chome-22-35 Tsuboya, Naha-shi, Okinawa-ken 902-0065, Japan

You can find this charming teahouse along a small lane close to the Tsuboya pottery district. Named after the traditional Okinawan tea (buku buku cha)—a jasmine tea topped with rice foam and crushed peanuts—the venue has a soothing,...

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2 Chome-4-14 Makishi, Naha-shi, Okinawa-ken 900-0013, Japan

This Canadian-run bar serves a decent array of beers, cocktails and other drinks ranging from whiskeys to wines. Frequented by a mix of expats, locals and tourists, the third-floor venue’s big windows offer great views of the busy street...

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Matsuo, Naha, Okinawa Prefecture 900-0014, Japan

Naha’s main market arcade, connected to International Street, has long been a popular venue with visitors and locals alike. It offers a mix of shopping and dining, with many bustling market stalls selling all kinds of meat, fish and...

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Japan, 〒902-0065 Okinawa-ken, Naha-shi, Tsuboya, 1 Chome−21−14

This small street has been the hub of local ceramic production since the 17th century. Today it is lined with charming shops making and selling all kinds of traditional pottery, from decorative and practical objects for the home to...