Sightseeing Tour in Naha, 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.
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Sightseeing Tour in Naha Map

Guide Name: Sightseeing Tour in Naha
Guide Location: Japan » Naha (See other walking tours in Naha)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.9 km
Author: DanaU
Tsuboya Pottery Museum

1) Tsuboya Pottery Museum (must see)

During the Ryukyu Kingdom, Tsuboya district was the center of Okinawan pottery. Some workshops of the era have survived and can be seen today. The Tsuboya Pottery Museum shows the techniques and illustrates the history of Tsuboya pottery. You should definitely visit this amazing place and learn the facts about Tsuboya pottery.

The museum applies an admission fee of 315 yen. Tsuboya Pottery Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (entry until 5:30...   view more
Sugar-Loaf Hill

2) Sugar-Loaf Hill

Sugar-Loaf Hill is a true historic landmark, and although very different today, 60 some years ago it was the place of a great battle between the Imperial Japanese Army and US forces. Today the hill has been transformed into a metropolitan center with a water tower at the summit, however some still remember how much blood has been spilled here. The fight for the Sugar-Loaf Hill resulted in the capture of the hill by the US forces, but at great losses to both sides. A memorial plaque up on the...   view more
Catholic Church

3) Catholic Church

Surprisingly large, this Catholic church impresses with its mix of architectural elements. On one hand, the orange roof leans towards the typical Okinawan architecture, on the other hand, the cross and stained glass windows towards the Roman Catholic architecture. This combination creates an atmosphere of fusion between two so very different...   view more
Okinawa Prefectural Museum

4) Okinawa Prefectural Museum (must see)

The Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum is located is a museum complex in the Omoro-machi area of Naha, the capital city of Okinawa Prefecture. It opened in November 2007, and includes art, history, and natural history museums focusing specifically on Okinawan topics.

The museum building, constructed largely of local Okinawan limestone, was designed with the imagery of Okinawa's gusuku (castles) in mind. It contains roughly 24,000 square meters of floor space on its four...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
International Cemetery

5) International Cemetery

Located within walking distance of Tomari port, the International Cemetery is a peaceful place near the hustle and bustle of the port, it is a place dedicated as the resting place of foreigners. As you walk among the crosses and the weather-worn memorials, you will notice a monument erected in honor of Commodore Perry. Perry was the Ambassador to the United States, sent to Japan in 1853 to form friendship relations between the two nations. He landed at Tomari Port before landing on mainland...   view more
Fukushu-En Park

6) Fukushu-En Park (must see)

Completed in 1992, the Fukushu-En Park is aimed to celebrate 10 years of partnership between Naha and Fuzhou City. The fabulous gardens are a real treasure trove of exoticism and highlight the beauty of Chinese nature, especially found in Fuzhou City. You should definitely visit this amazing corner of paradis and get lost among its unbelievable...   view more
Tsushimamaru Museum

7) Tsushimamaru Museum (must see)

Tsushima Maru was a Japanese passenger/cargo ship that was sunk by the submarine USS Bowfin during World War II, while carrying hundreds of schoolchildren from Okinawa to Kagoshima. On August 22, 1944, Bowfin attacked the convoy in which the Tsushima Maru was sailing and sank her, close to the island of Akusekijima. 1,484 civilians, including 767 schoolchildren, were killed. 59 children survived the sinking.

In commemoration of the tragedy a park and a museum have been built. At Tsushimamaru...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Gokokuji Temple

8) Gokokuji Temple

Founded in 1367, Gokokuji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Naha. The Gokokuji Temple was an important place of worship during the Chuzan and Ryukyu kingdoms. Later, this place was associated with Dr. Bernard Bettelheim, a Christian missionary, and Matthew Calbraith Perry, a Commodore of the U.S. Navy. The building itself is a typical Japanese style architecture with a red tile...   view more
Naminoue Shrine

9) Naminoue Shrine (must see)

Naminoue Shrine, literally "Above the Waves Shrine", is a Shinto shrine in Naha, Okinawa, Japan, the primary shrine in the prefecture. It sits atop a high bluff, overlooking Naminoue Beach and the ocean. Originally a sacred space of the native Ryukyuan religion, due to its location and natural beauty, it was dedicated to nirai kanai, the mythical source of all life, and to the sea. At some point it came to be known as Hana gusuku and Nanminsan, and later was incorporated into the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km