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Best Hidden Gems in Okinawa

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Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum

Karate was born in response to the ban on carrying weapons imposed by the Satsuma Clan when Okinawa became first dominated by Japan. This museum contains photographs of karate masters, weapons displays, and a treasure trove of knowledge in its curator, Hokama. Martial arts enthusiasts can also partake in weaponry classes. Be sure to phone in advance if not visiting on a Tuesday or Saturday.

Nishihara, Japan
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Forest Adventure

Forest Adventure Park is a zip lining sports park for kids and adults. The harness used at the park is made by experienced professionals and experts from Europe. The design and manufacturing has also been done in Europe itself. Forest Adventure Park is built through trees and valleys of the forest with the longest zip line of 120 meters (393.70 feet) and 30 meters (98.42 feet) high. Their aim is to rebuild the forest and build an ecological park in harmony with nature. A safety course is provided before the start of the adventure that challenges ones stamina and confidence, a great way to have fun. The staff here are experienced and well trained with immense knowledge. A great way to spend a day with friends and family in the midst of fresh air and nature.

Okinawa, Japan
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Portriver Market

Owners of Portriver Market believe the the concept of living the good life, and the products that we use daily have a keen role to play in that. Be it attractive decor or good food, all of that counts to for a pleasant mind and happy life. Thus, the shop sells attractive earthenware, porcelain ware, products made of Ryukyu glass, to name a few. They also have cosmetics and jewelery, and food products and drinks that are all natural and organic. The boutique-like setting renders a very homespun ambience to the shop, and the shopping experience is an intimate one.

Okinawa, Japan
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Blue Cave

The Blue Cave is a famous tourist spot in Okinawa. Tourists go to the cave by scuba diving and snorkeling. Various tourist guides, conduct tours to the blue cave also known as the “Miraculous Cave”. The Blue Cave is a different world altogether, beautiful blue waters, lively fishes and colorful corals. The world under water at Blue Cave is like a fairy tale in front of the eyes. Tourist between the ages 10-60 will good health conditions are only allowed, kids below the age 10 years require parental consent. A great experience in Okinawa, the Blue Cave is worth seeing.

Okinawa, Japan
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Spa at The Busena Terrace

Spa at The Busena Terrace enjoys a spectacular location, resting in the Busena Terrace Beach Resort. Whilst you enjoy a relaxing massage, the waves find their way to the shores, creating a soothing hum of sorts. Indulge in services like Hydra Moisturizing, Ryukyu Herbal Detox, relaxing full body massages; that lead to a holistic healing of your body. From a harmonious surrounding, the music of the birds, to the luxurious body treatments, experience peace and tranquility, in each aspect of Spa at The Busena Terrace.

Okinawa, Japan
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Himeyuri Peace Museum

During the Battle of Okinawa, female high school students were mobilized to form a nursing unit known as the Himeyuri Student Corps. Testimonies, photographs and keepsakes of the 200 girls who died are displayed at this museum, ensuring that future generations will learn from their sacrifice. People with disabilities and their caretakers are offered free admission, and wheelchairs can be rented if the museum is contacted beforehand. Last admission is half an hour before closing.

Itoman, Japan
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