Okinawa is very important because of its strategic location. The US have their biggest overseas military installation here. They are here since the end of the 2nd World War. This island and the American base played a very important role. Now again it has come out in limelight.
Okinawa is an ancient island were from Kings of Ryukyu Kingdom used to rule about 500 years back. The palace is in Shurijo Castle.
Peace Memorial Park built on muni hill, where Americans fought with Japanese during the 2nd World War. It is the place of the last confrontation. This park has a lot of facilities, statues. ‘Perfectual Peace Memorial Museum’ is also situated there. The famous ‘Cornerstone of peace’ is placed there.
Okinawa world is a theme park on a tradition of Okinawa, it’s culture and performing art. Tourists must visit the Gyoukusendo cave which is a wonder of nature.
Other tour spot includes Coral reefs near to Naha city. It is a very good spot for watching and many different types of fishes.
Local peoples market is Machigwa public market.
Visitors can have a stroll around, but visitors will need to have an English-speaking guide to bargain with the shopkeepers. Welcome the tourist much, as they have some strain situation with the westerners.
This is the biggest US base in Asia is an off-limits area for normal visitors, and special pass required for entry and look around.
Ruins of Nakagusuku castle are a world heritage marked by UNESCO. This is on the top of the hill and about 170-meter height. It has been built by limestone, extraordinary masonry work, and workmanship. View from the wall is magnificent. Nearby the castle ruins are the residential area. Well to do farming families reside there.
Canoeing through the swamp, and enjoying a different kind is an extraordinary experience. The canals reach the Kesaji beach in the northern part of Okinawa. There another beach is Obama Beach, which is a well stretched natural sand beach, full of marine life forms.
There is a subtropical forest called Yambaru Forest. It is basically a pasania tree forest. It is the habitat of many endemic species like rail, woodpecker, Subaru, and scarab beetle. Nearby are the Yonaha Mountain and Aha dam lake and a beautiful Eco village nearby named Kunigami. The Yamaha Mountain is about 500 meters from sea level and the highest in Okinawa Island. The Aha Dam is the third largest dam in Japan. The scenic beauty of the Yambaru forest from the canoe in the Aha dam lake is unforgettable. Here the water is clear and the freshwater fishes of a different kind can be seen.
In the northern part, another famous dam is Fukuchi Dam in Higashi Village. This is the largest in Okinawa and also the oldest one built jointly by the USA and Japan. This is the main water reservoir of Okinawa Island.
Enjoying Scuba Diving in Karma Island is a tourist attraction. Divers can explore Tamara and Paraiso Reef. Touring Okinawa is for the serious type of tourist. Moreover, friends of presently in service and posted in Okinawa also like to visit here and pass a wonderful time and enjoy the scenic beauty.…