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Nakijin, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Once used to house and protect the King and his family, Nakijin Castle still stands firm against typhoon alley and is a frequently visited UNESCO World Heritage site. In the spring, many people flock to see its magnificent cherry blossom trees.
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424 Ishikawa, Motobu-chō, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa-ken 905-0206, Japan
Okinawa Aquarium contains the largest fish tank in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. For more info go things I Have Learned in Okinawa and Hiroshima http://havefunflysafe.wordpress.com
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Japan, 〒905-0216 Okinawa-ken, Kunigami-gun, Motobu-chō, Toguchi, 浜元950-1
This gorgeous café was the best find of our whole Okinawan vacation. Hidden on top of a high hill with nothing but a small, hand-painted sign on the sidewalk to indicate there’s anything up there, this café is really an enormous mansion with 360...
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Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Ten United States military bases dominate the real estate on this historic island in the East China Sea. Although best known for its strategic location beginning in World War II, Okinawa is very rich with cultural reasons to visit this fascinating...
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Japan, 〒900-0004 Okinawa-ken, Naha-shi, Mekaru, 2 Chome−4−35
Awamori—liquor fermented from long-grain Thai rice rather than the short-grain rice used in Japanese shochu—is the firewater of Okinawa. Salon de Awamori, a bar perched on a sleek wooden rooftop, features hundreds of bottles, including Sennen no...
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Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
My favorite time of year was Eisa- all the towns and villages have their own Eisa drummers and they gather in Naha for the annual festival. Such color and excitement!
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Japan, 〒900-0034 沖縄県那覇市Higashimachi, 4, 東町4−6 東壱番館B1
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Okinawan folk music is called Ryukyu minyo. The archipelago’s top minyo joint, Shimaumui, is owned by the islands’ most famous traditional singer, Misako Oshiro, who regales mostly elderly patrons in her basement bar. Her music often features...
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Japan, 〒902-0067 Okinawa Prefecture, Naha, Asato, 388−5
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One of the most popular Okinawan dishes is goya champuru, a stir-fry of bitter gourd, tofu, eggs, and sliced pork (or Spam). Try it at Urizn, a local restaurant that has recently opened branches on the mainland. Its version of another traditional...