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Located in Naha, Okinawa Cellular Stadium first opened in 1959, when it was first known as the Naha City Ohnoyama Baseball Stadium. The stadium underwent renovation in 2010, following which it is used primarily to play baseball matches, although it hosts several other sporting events as well.
The smallest and northernmost of the islands accessible by Kaichu-doro, Ikei Island is known for its pristine beaches, where you can swim even during low tide. Only seven kilometers (four miles) across, the island is home to Big Time Resort Hotel, which is located on the northern coast right next to Ikei Island's most popular beach. Spend a day on the water here with family and friends.
Cultural Kingdom, the Gyokusendo Caves and Habu Park comprise Okinawa World, where people can learn about traditional Ryukyuan arts and crafts in the reconstructed Ryukyu village, watch snakes slither in Habu Park, and then take a five-kilometer (3-mile) walk under the massive stalactites in Gyokusendo Caves, the largest cave in Okinawa. Visitors can choose to only enter specific exhibits for a lower ticket price. The park closes half an hour earlier from November to March.
The largest island of the Okinawa Prefecture, Okinawa Island, or Okinawa-hontō, lies at the confluence of the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea off the coast of mainland Japan. The historic heart of the Kingdom of Ryukyu, the island is littered with archeological remains that offer a glimpse into the traditions, culture and lifestyle of the kingdom. Interestingly, Okinawa Island is noted as being home to the nation's largest population of centenarians, leading to a recent interest in the islanders' unique diet and its potential health benefits. Visitors will find that there is much to experience on the island, with popular attractions like the Churaumi Aquarium to explore. This is widely considered to be Japan's very best and one of the world's largest aquariums. Other attractions include Peace Park and its War Memorials, World Heritage Sites like the sacred Sefa Utaki and the ruins of Nakagusuku Castle, several museums, waterfalls, and shopping centers. As for local cuisine, there are a multitude of restaurants serving up traditional Okinawan fare like hot Soba noodles, varied pork dishes, stir-fried bitter melon, and the American-influenced Taco Rice. A setting for several Japanese and Hollywood films, Okinawa is a fine example of a fulfilling metropolitan experience.
Japanese noodle dish soba is usually served with tsuyu (dipping sauce), but Tomishiro Soba also serves it up with song. This local soba restaurant becomes a concert venue every Friday night at 20:00, when guest musicians and the restaurant manager (who is also a singer) perform. Every fourth Friday in the event line-up is dubbed Amateur Night where many performers come in to perform traditional Japanese music, some with regional Okinawan instruments. Anyone is welcome to come and enjoy the performances, but a cover charge is implemented in addition to food prices.
A 15-minute drive from Naha Airport will deliver you to this stunning turquoise-colored beach. Rumored to be the largest beach in the Okinawa Prefecture, the Chura Sun Beach in located in Toyosaki. The beach almost always features a delightfully sunny weather, with azure blue skies overhead. During summers, barbecue parties can be enjoyed on the beach. Besides, there is also a section for water sports, and adventurists can have a little fun with help from nearby rental outlets who provide the necessary equipment. Showers and locker rooms are available as well.