Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over 1,000 kilometres long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu to Taiwan. The island experiences temperatures above 20°C for most of the year. Okinawa and the many islands that make up the prefecture contain some of the most abundant coral reefs found in the world. Rare blue corals are found off of Ishigaki and Miyako islands as are numerous species throughout the chain. If you’ve traveled to Japan before, then you will have noticed that it’s tourism industry certainly cannot not rely on it’s beaches. In Okinawa, this all changes…
Shuri Castle is a Ryūkyūan castle in Shuri, Okinawa. It was the palace of the Ryūkyū Kingdom. In 1945, during the Battle of Okinawa, it was almost completely destroyed. Beginning in 1992, it was reconstructed on the original site based on photographs, historical records, and memory. Because of its central role in Ryūkyūan political and religious life, Shuri Castle is surrounded by various sites of historical interest, including Shureimon, the main gate to the castle, and the Tamaudun, Mauseoleum, the royal tombs located adjacent to Shuri Castle.
Shureimon is a gate in the Shuri neighborhood of Naha. It is the second of Shuri Castle’s main gates. It was built in the 16th century.
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is located within the Ocean Expo Park in Okinawa. It welcomed its 20 millionth visitor on 30 March 2010 and is a member of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
To learn more: http://oki-churaumi.jp/en/guide/haisai.html
Miyako-jima is the largest and the most populous island among the Miyako Islands of Okinawa Prefecture. Miyako-jima is administered as part of the City of Miyakojima, which includes not only Miyako-jima, but also five other populated islands. The island is known for some of Japan’s best beaches and as a great destination for snorkeling and diving in the coral reefs. The sub tropical climate provides mild weather year around.
Okinawa Prefectural Museum
Okinawa Prefectural Museum is a museum in the most southern prefecture of Japan. The museum complex in the Omoro-machi area of Naha (the capital of Okinawa). It opened in November 2007, and includes art, history, and natural history museums focusing specifically on Okinawan topics.
To learn more: http://www.museums.pref.okinawa.jp/english/museum/index.html
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