southern okinawa

  1. 49th Naha Tug-of-War Festival

    Fun 49th Naha Tug-of-War Festival

    The 49th Naha Tug-of-War Festival will be held on October 12 through October 14, 2019. This festival is broken into three parts with all three days having games, food vendors, and a firework displays at Oonoyama Sports Park. On Saturday, October 12, there will be a parade on Kokusai Street...
  2. Concrete And Steel

    Concrete And Steel

    Concrete And Steel is a piece of public art behind Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum in Naha.
  3. Route 58 Through Downtown Naha

    Route 58 Through Downtown Naha

    Route 58 through central Naha can have some of the worst traffic ever. Today, I imagined that there wasn't a car insight, and I could get home in about 5 minutes as opposed to the usual 30. That, however, was just a dream. The reality is, traffic on Okinawa isn't the greatest, but this route is...
  4. Manko Waterbird and Wetland Center

    Adventure Manko Waterbird and Wetland Center

    There wasn't much to do to have fun growing up in the small town that I did. However, we did have wetlands that we could explore to see various types of birds and animals as we walked the boardwalk and trails. Much like my old home, Okinawa has a wetland center too. The Manko Waterbird and...
  5. David

    Historical Landmark Hacksaw Ridge

    My first attempt to visit Hacksaw Ridge left me right below it, at the basin where Urasoe Youdore is at on the Urasoe Castle Ruins site. My second attempt led me to Needle Rock—a cool rock formation on the same ridge and a good history lesson, but not where I intended on going either time. I...
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    INFO Art Exhibition At Ryubo in Naha

    For the past 35 years, self-taught Okinawan painter Hirokazu Akamine has been collecting local and international awards for his paintings. And for 15 years, Akamine-sensei has been endeavoring to pass his knowledge to artists on Okinawa. Over these years, more than 80 students have learned a...
  7. David

    Historical Landmark Needle Rock

    After my first attempt to visit Hacksaw Ridge in February of 2019, only having enough time to photograph parts Urasoe Castle Ruins, though being told I was "right on it," I had to return. Today, I plugged Hacksaw Ridge into my GPS and was taken to this weird gated entrance, with plain English...
  8. Roadside Flower

    Roadside Flower

    There is beauty all around us on Okinawa. Sometimes, we must seek it out, while other times we pass right by it without realizing it as we're wrapped up in other aspects of our lives. On our way back to the car after a waterfall shot in Tomigusuku, I noticed the roadway lined with these...
  9. David

    Adventure Giza Banta Cliff Waterfall After A Typhoon

    While Giza Banta Cliff may be a beautiful waterfall, not too far out of reach on Okinawa with the Expressway, it's even better to experience on a clear day after a typhoon such as the most recent one, Typhoon Tapah (1917). This is primarily due to the extra water flow coming down. Add in full...
  10. Crane Jungle

    Naha Crane Jungle

    Crane Jungle, located down Heiwa-dori, a mere 2-minute walk off Kokusai Street, brings back the nostalgic feelings of being in the 1990s with claw games, known better locally as UFO catchers. Open from 10:00 to 22:00, Crane Jungle allows a quick escape to not only entertain children (and adults...
  11. Dragon Boat Ashore!

    Dragon Boat Ashore!

    Here is a dragon boat designed specifically for dragon boat races (hari) found on Kitanashiro Beach in Itoman.
  12. Steak House Day's

    Naha Steak House Day's

    Steak House Day's is a steakhouse in the Taberu area of Naha City. It has an American style from the outward appearance, as well as offering the same type of quality with a slight twist: A stylish atmosphere with somewhat private booths at various heights and barriers between other parties to...
  13. 331 Bridge Into Tomigusuku

    331 Bridge Into Tomigusuku

    A long exposure nighttime shot of the bridge heading into the heart of Tomigusuku (where Tomiton and Ashibinaa Outlet Mall are)
  14. Street Kart Okinawa

    Naha Street Kart Okinawa

    Street Kart Okinawa provides residents of Okinawa as well as tourists an experience of a lifetime with a tour of Okinawa in a go-kart. There are two courses that you can choose. The short course leaves the main shop to Kokusai Street and finishes off at Naha Airport and their long course adds a...
  15. Water Salon — Naha City's Water and Sewer Department Museum

    History Water Salon — Naha City's Water and Sewer Department Museum

    After exploring Sugar Loaf Hill and getting a better peek of the RYU:X towers in Naha, the two tallest condominiums standing in at 30 stories and 99 meters tall each, I took a stroll around the area to see more. I usually stick to the hustle and bustle side of where Main Place and the shopping...
  16. David

    Historical Landmark Sugar Loaf Hill

    While there are many battle sites around Okinawa, one seems to be the most forgotten, or unmentioned. That may be because people are too comfortable driving around it in the concrete jungle of Naha, or, have not learned this part of Okinawa's history yet. The Battle of Sugar Loaf Hill (locally...
  17. San-A Naha Main Place

    Naha San-A Naha Main Place

    San-A Naha Main Place is a shopping mall, centrally located in the city of Naha and near the Omoromachi monorail station, boasting a rich choice of options for your all of shopping needs with over 60 shops to browse through, to include a supermarket for fresh foods. There are also several...
  18. Woody's International GastroPub & Grill

    South Woody's International GastroPub & Grill

    Woody's International GastroPub & Grill, or Woody's for short, is a restaurant that serves up "home-style" burgers, if your home happens to be in the Western world. Woody's serves up lunchtime soups and salads. They also have an extensive alcohol drink menu to include Orion draft beer; bottled...
  19. Sefa Utaki — The Most Sacred Site Of The Ryukyu Kingdom

    Culture Sefa Utaki — The Most Sacred Site Of The Ryukyu Kingdom

    Most people will recognize Sefa Utaki solely by one picture alone. Yet, there's much more to the most sacred site of the Ryukyu Kingdom than merely that rock formation. In fact, there's a significant history behind the place; so much so, that it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage...
  20. David

    Historical Landmark Funakoshi River And Man-Made Spring

    The cactus farm is a great location to stop by for a quick 5-15 minute visit. But, there is a historical landmark right across the street that you shouldn't overlook as well: The Funakoshi Okawa, or Funakoshi River, rather. Some may pass it over as it looks so barren with when I visited...