Restaurant Shimujo is located on a hill north of the Shiritsu station of the Yui monorail. On the menu: traditional Okinawan fare including the popular soba, a noodle soup dish which comes with delicious pieces of slowly cooked pork. Everything on the menu is freshly prepared and menu items become sold out quickly. If you don’t want to miss the chance to eat delicious Okinawan food, come wait in line early (try 11:30AM to be safe) to reserve your table.
A small section of Kokusai dori recreates the atmosphere of Yatai, the Japanese street food stalls (Yatai are especially popular in Fukuoka). Although they are not Yatai in the strict sense because they are permanent establishments, the restaurants of Yatai street are small and offer different culinary specialities with an atmosphere reminiscent of the Yatai. Of course, plenty of alcoholic beverage are available from beer to Awamori, the local strong alcohol.
Shuri Castle was the main palace of the Ryukyu kingdom from 1429 to 1879. The current castle is a reconstruction of the original which was destroyed during the war. In addition to the visit of the castle keep, traditional Okinawan dance demonstrations are given for free on the premises of the castle.
Sefa Utaki is a historical sacred site that was once one of the most sacred place of worship for Ryukyu people. It is apparently where the goddess of creation came down to Earth. The sacred site is kept in a natural state. Many walking paths lead to impressive rock formations through the dense forest.
The Chinenmisaki park is located to the southeast of the main island of Okinawa. The park is popular among tourists because of the impressive view of the coast – it is a great place to take panoramas. The visit of the park does not take too long and can be easily combined with the sacred site Sefa Utaki located nearby.
The Hamahiga salt factory is located at the southern tip of Hamahiga island which is connected to the main island of Okinawa by a bridge. The factory is located near a pristine private beach where it sources its saltwater from. The water is first run trough a large evaporator outside where a large fraction of the water is evaporated before being boiled indoors to further increase the salt concentration. The factory has a small gift store outside offering a variety of salt products and sometimes offers guided tours when the workers are not too busy processing the salt.
The Umikaji terrace is located on the Senagajima island located just south of Naha Airport. It is a commercial area featuring restaurants offering an impressive variety of fares. It is located next to the Ryukyu Onsen Senagajima Hotel where one can enjoy a comfortable stay in a room with a private bath.
Cape Zampa is located on the western coast of Okinawa. At the cape’s end is located a white lighthouse open to the public. After climbing the winding and narrow staircase all the way to the top, one can enjoy an amazing view of the coast from the balcony encircling the top of the lighthouse.
The cave of Shirumichu is though of being the place where gods Shirumichu and Amamichu, the creator gods of Okinawa, gave their first birth. It is now a popular place to pray for pregnancy and safe delivery.
Zakimi Castle is a Ryukyu castle in Okinawa whose walls and foundations have been restored. The castle was built in the 15th century and belonged to the famed general Gosamaru. The site is now a UNESCO world heritage site and is open to visitors for free.