Japan Travel

Okinawa Bucketlist

February 26, 2018

This is a quick, no b.s. list of places and events throughout Okinawa, Japan that you’ll want to see and attend — especially if you are a military spouse or are looking for stuff to do off base.

Northern Okinawa

1. Azalea Festival in Higashi (March 1st – 28th)
2. Cape Hedo
3. Captain Kangaroo Burgers 
4. Churaumi Aquarium
5. Forest Adventure
6. Ginoza Burger Festival
7. Ginoza Mega Cave
8. Hiji Falls
9. Kin Temple & Caves
10. Melody Road
11. Mikan Picking (Winter)
12. Nago Castle Ruins
13. Nakijin Castle
14. Neo Park Zoo
15. Okuma Beach
16. Pineapple Park
17. Ryugujo Butterfly Garden
18. Sakura Festival @ Nakijin Castle (late-January)
19. Sakura Festival in Nago
19. Strawberry Picking in Ginoza Village

Central Okinawa

1. All-Okinawa Eisa Festival (Okinawa City) 
2. American Village
3. Araha Beach
4. Kakazuta Observatory Park 
5. Nakagusuku Castle Ruin 
6. Nakamura House 
7. Night Zoo @ Okinawa Zoo
8. Ryukyu Mura 
9. Sunflower Festival (February – March)
10. Yomitan Pottery Village 
11. Zakimi Castle Illumination 
12. Giant Shisa at Cape Zanpa

Naha and the Surrounding Areas

1. 10,000 man Eisa Festival (August) 
2. Dragon Boat Races (May) 
3. Fukushu Chinese Gardens 
4. Itokazu Ruins
5. Kokusai Street
6. Mabuni Hill 
7. Naha Tug of War
8. Okinawa World 
9. Peace Memorial Park 
10. Sefa Utaki (Power Spot!)
11. Shuri Castle 

Southern Okinawa

1. The Great Stone Shisa at Tomori 
2. Tsuboya Pottery Village 
3. Valley of Gangala
4. Whale Watching (January – March)

Outer Islands (not connected via bridge)

1. Ishigaki 
2. Kerama Shoto 
3. Miyako Jima
4. Ie Jima

My Personal List of Locura

1. Dance like an Okinawan
2. Dress like an Okinawan
3. Horseback Riding on the Beach (Ie Jima)
4. Learn to Play the Sanshin
5. Make Okinawan Glass
6. Make a Shisa
7. Rollerblade the length of Okinawa (lol)
8. Salsa Classes
9. Scuba Diving Certification

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