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 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.
This small piece of land attached to the island of Hamahiga in Okinawa is a sacred site of the Ryukyu religion. It is known as the tomb of Amamichu, the creator god of Okinawa. A small shrine on the island is dedicated to the god.
Ryukyu glassblowing is a famous attraction in Okinawa. Many glass stores around the island offer the experience of glassblowing. We were lucky to find this one which was smaller than others but had a more authentic feel.
The glass blowing experience requires you to carry out small step of the overal glassblowing process. The instructor will attach the molten glass onto the glassblowing tube and inflate it to a good size. You are then asked to blow a bit more in the tube to bring the glass bubble to its final shape. Your participation is required for several other small steps until your glass is ready. Actually, most of the difficult steps are handled by the expert but you are nonetheless left with a feeling of accomplishment, and a beautiful piece of glass to bring home!
Katsuren castle was built on a hill overlooking the Katsuren Peninsula. Nowadays, only the stone walls that were once protecting the castle against intruders remain. In ancient times, the local government controlling the castle was conducting trade with foreign nations, as evidenced by the Roman currency found during excavations. The castle site is now well known for the beautiful scenery it offers to its visitors.