Destination: Okinawa

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Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan: Naha City, Day Two

Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan: Naha City, Day Two

Deep inside a banana plantation. These are a different variety that do not produce fruit but are used to make fibre. The process is an incredibly time-consuming one and great skill and dexterity are required. More details on the blog soon

Deep inside a banana plantation. These are a different variety that do not produce fruit but are used to make fibre. The process is an incredibly time-consuming one and great skill and dexterity are required. More details on the blog soon

On my first day in Okinawa I visited the former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters in Naha City. Some 450 metres of tunnels were dug and today 300 metres are open to the public. It's a sobering place; the horrendous losses to both sides in the only large scale battle on land in Japan during World War Two (over 200,000 in total) are well documented and the exhibits reinforce the brutality of war. ‪#‎gutgokinawa2015‬

On my first day in Okinawa I visited the former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters in Naha City. Some 450 metres of tunnels were dug and today 300 metres are open to the public. It's a sobering place; the horrendous losses to both sides in the only large scale battle on land in Japan during World War Two (over 200,000 in total) are well documented and the exhibits reinforce the brutality of war. ‪#‎gutgokinawa2015‬

Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan: Tokashiki Island

Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan: Tokashiki Island

Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan - Northern Main Island

Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan - Northern Main Island

Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan - Naha City, Day One

Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan - Naha City, Day One

Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan - Introduction and background

Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan - Introduction and background

One of the benefits of my early arrival in Naha City, the capital of Okinawa, was that unlike the rest of the group I had time to visit an awamori distillery after lunch on my first day. It was worth the long, long journey and ridiculously early departure from home...after meeting my guide Seiko at the airport who took me for lunch I had a private tour of the factory and then it was time for tasting. Awamori is unique to Okinawa and is a strong spirit made from rice - but distilled rather…

One of the benefits of my early arrival in Naha City, the capital of Okinawa, was that unlike the rest of the group I had time to visit an awamori distillery after lunch on my first day. It was worth the long, long journey and ridiculously early departure from home...after meeting my guide Seiko at the airport who took me for lunch I had a private tour of the factory and then it was time for tasting. Awamori is unique to Okinawa and is a strong spirit made from rice - but distilled rather…

Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan - Central Main Island

Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan - Central Main Island


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Okinawa Tree House Restaurant (Okinawa/ Japan)

Okinawa Tree House Restaurant (Okinawa/ Japan)

Onna Point, Okinawa, Japan

Onna Point, Okinawa, Japan

Zakimi Castle Ruins-World Heritage site From Naha Airport take Highway 58 north towards Nago. Keep left and continue through Kadena Circle, about 4 kilometers. Turn left onto Route 12 for Zakimi. Follow the road for 1.7 kilometers, and then turn right up a steep hill. Turn right into the parking lot. Free 24-hrs

Zakimi Castle Ruins-World Heritage site From Naha Airport take Highway 58 north towards Nago. Keep left and continue through Kadena Circle, about 4 kilometers. Turn left onto Route 12 for Zakimi. Follow the road for 1.7 kilometers, and then turn right up a steep hill. Turn right into the parking lot. Free 24-hrs

Can't wait to be there again! Street, Naha,Okinawa

Can't wait to be there again! Street, Naha,Okinawa

Just north of the aquarium is a quaint little village, hiding under dense foliage, called Bise. Throughout the village you will find yourself under a thick canopy of Fukugi trees lining sandy pathways.  You will pass private homes, small restaurants, wandering animals, and a magical shell shop, among other surprises.

Just north of the aquarium is a quaint little village, hiding under dense foliage, called Bise. Throughout the village you will find yourself under a thick canopy of Fukugi trees lining sandy pathways. You will pass private homes, small restaurants, wandering animals, and a magical shell shop, among other surprises.

Shikina Garden, Naha, Okinawa

Shikina Garden, Naha, Okinawa

Amazing Okinawan Beaches Accessible from Naha

Amazing Okinawan Beaches Accessible from Naha

Okinawa Japan parks | Sueyoshi Park - Naha - Reviews of Sueyoshi Park - TripAdvisor

Okinawa Japan parks | Sueyoshi Park - Naha - Reviews of Sueyoshi Park - TripAdvisor

Map It! Okinawa: "Ogimi Village, and a Waterfall of Longevity?" Behind Michi-no Eki Ogimi farmers’ market on the first floor, and restaurant Beatuful View on the second floor offering a nice view over the ocean for its customers. Located in the North Region of the island. is 2½ hours drive north from Naha on Highway 58. Ogimi village,Yambaru Okinawa.

Map It! Okinawa: "Ogimi Village, and a Waterfall of Longevity?" Behind Michi-no Eki Ogimi farmers’ market on the first floor, and restaurant Beatuful View on the second floor offering a nice view over the ocean for its customers. Located in the North Region of the island. is 2½ hours drive north from Naha on Highway 58. Ogimi village,Yambaru Okinawa.

Naminoue Beach. 1-1, Tsuji 3-Chōme Naha, Okinawa Japan 900-0037

Naminoue Beach. 1-1, Tsuji 3-Chōme Naha, Okinawa Japan 900-0037

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