An excursion to please history buffs and satisfy your penchant for shipping: in the afternoon, we visit two magnificent monuments declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites and spend the evening by strolling through the central Kokusai Dori area.
What we will see
- Shuri castle - visit and folklore show
- Tamaudun Royal Mausoleum
- Kokusai Dori and nearby area: free time for shopping and dinner
What we will do
Our excursion in Naha starts with a visit to the Shuri castle perched on the hills east of the city centre overlooking the harbour.
It was the residence of sovereigns, government centre and religious seat of the ancient Ryukyu Kingdom and this fantastic complex of fortified buildings has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The vivid scarlet red of the buildings and tiled roofs are testimony to the influence of the Chinese culture.
In the afternoon, we get the chance to see a traditional dance show inside the castle which makes the atmosphere of this timeless place even more evocative.
Our next stop is the Tamaudun royal mausoleum built in 1501 as a symbol of royal power to welcome the mortal remains of sovereigns. It is made entirely of limestone and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We then reach Kokusai Dori, Naha’s high street which is 2 km long and filled with shops, restaurants and cafés. Here, we have some free time to explore the city centre at our leisure.
The entire area surrounding Kokusai Dori is perfect for a stroll dedicated to shopping and good food: we can take a peek at the Makishi market with its meat and fish stalls, take advantage of the restaurants on the first floor to enjoy local dishes or venture into the Tsuboya district were many pottery workshops and shops are located.