Discover Naha, capital city of the Okinawa prefecture, by visiting a magnificent ancient castle declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and immersing ourselves in the lively atmosphere of the city centre where we can indulge in some shopping.
What we will see
- Shuri castle
- Kokusai Dori
- Makishi market and Tsuboya district
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.
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 and where we can find charming souvenirs.