City Orientation Walk, Naha

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, although small a city, does contain a plethora of historic attractions. If you decide to visit Naha, make sure to explore the Shikina-en Garden, Tamaudun Mausoleum, but most importantly, the Shuri Castle, a restored royal residence of the Ryukyu Kingdom, flourished throughout the 15th-19th centuries and recognized as the birthplace of Okinawa karate. Take this orientation walk to see the best sights of Naha.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Japan » Naha (See other walking tours in Naha)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Author: DanaU
Shuri Kannon-dô

1) Shuri Kannon-dô

Shuri Kannon-do, also known as Jigen-in was established in1616 as part of the Tenkai-ji temple. It is located in the vicinity of Shuri Castle and has long been a site for prayer. People traveling to mainland Japan often prayed here asking for a safe journey. The temple represents a combination of white walls with a red roof, a typical Japanese...   view more
Tamaudun Mausoleum

2) Tamaudun Mausoleum (must see)

Located within easy reach of Shuri Castle, the Tamaudun Mausoleum was built at the beginning of the 16th century as the shrine for the royal family. The mausoleum was seriously damaged during WWII, but was restored afterward and today it is designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tamaudun Mausoleum features two main rooms- one on the left, meant for kings and queens and one on the right, meant for princes and princesses. The central hall was used for the going away ceremonies. The shrine...   view more

3) Shureimon

Shureimon is a gate in the Shuri neighborhood of Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. It is the second of Shuri Castle's main gates. It was built in the 16th century. The gate reflects strong Chinese influence, alongside indigenous religious traditions. The four Chinese characters framed on the gate - Shu, rei, no, and kuni, which mean 'Land of Propriety' - were added to the gate long after it was built. The structure of the gate is similar to that of Chinese three-bay...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

4) Sonohyan-utaki

Sonohyan-utaki is a sacred grove of trees and plants of the traditional indigenous Ryukyuan religion. It is located on the grounds ofShuri Castle in Naha, Okinawa, a few paces away from the Shureimon castle gate. The utaki, or more specifically its stone gate is one of a number of sites which together comprise the UNESCO World Heritage Site officially described as Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu, and has been designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Shuri Castle

5) Shuri Castle (must see)

Shuri Castle in Shuri, Okinawa. It was the palace of the Ryūkyū Kingdom. In 1945, during the Battle of Okinawa, it was almost completely destroyed. In 1992, it was reconstructed on the original site based on photographs, historical records, and memory.

The date of construction is uncertain, but it was clearly in use as a castle during the Sanzan period (1322–1429). It is thought that it was probably built during the Gusuku period, like the other castles of Okinawa. When King Shō Hashi...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kinjo Dam

6) Kinjo Dam

The Kinjo Dam is a concrete gravity dam on the Li River in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. It is designated as a cultural property and is located 500 m south of Shuri Castle. Construction on the dam began in 1989 and it was completed in 2000. Its main purpose is flood control and on average, it can control an intake of 40 m3/s releasing 23 m3/s. The 19 m tall and 120 m long dam was constructed on fragile rock and is set on a deep concrete staircase...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Shikina-en Garden

7) Shikina-en Garden (must see)

Originally built at the end of the 18th century, the Shikina-en Garden features a fabulous wooden palace with a typical for the region red tile roof and beautiful garden. The premises were originally created as a residence for the Ryukyu kings and are notable for the amazing landscape in Japanese style and unique Okinawan architecture and flora. Shikina-en Garden was destroyed during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, but was rebuilt to its original after the war. It is included in the list of...   view more

Walking Tours in Naha, Japan

Create Your Own Walk in Naha

Create Your Own Walk in Naha

Creating your own self-guided walk in Naha is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Sightseeing Tour in Naha

Sightseeing Tour in Naha

As the capital of Okinawa Prefecture and the main city on the island of Okinawa, Naha is a city with plenty to offer. This self-guided walking tour will take you to the most important attractions in the city, without which your visit to Naha wouldn't be complete. Sugar-Loaf Hill, Tsuboya Pottery Museum, just to name a few, are must sees while in Naha.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.9 km