JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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OKINAWA ISLAND 沖縄本島Photos of Okinawa's main island.
Naha 那覇市Pictures of Naha, the capital city of Okinawa Prefecture.
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Shuri Castle 首里城


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Photos of Shuri Castle after the devastating fire in Oct. 2019. Shuri Castle is Naha's top tourist attraction. The home of kings who ruled the Ryukyu Kingdom from 1429 to 1879 before it was annexed by Japan and renamed Okinawa Prefecture. Shuri Castle was the kingdom's capital.

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Kokusai-dori 国際通り


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In central Naha, Kokusai-dori is the city's main drag of shops and restaurants. Mostly for tourists. The nearest rail stations are Kencho-mae and Makishi Stations on the Yui Rail. It also has the Shima-Uta nightclub featuring the famous Nenes/Nenez performing live on most nights.

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Naha Waterfront


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Coming soon.

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Naha Airport 那覇空港


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Coming soon.

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Itoman 糸満市Pictures of Itoman on the southern tip of the main island of Okinawa.
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Himeyuri Cenotaph ひめゆりの塔


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Himeyuri Monument and Cenotaph (ひめゆり慰霊碑) in southern Okinawa in the city of Itoman. One of Okinawa's most famous war sites and memorials. This monument stands over the entrance of the cave where 80 people died on June 19, 1945 when US troops searching for Japanese soldiers threw in white phosphorus grenades. Those who died included 38 Himeyuri high school student nurses and four of their teachers. US troops didn't know who were in the caves.

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Cornerstone of Peace 平和の礎


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Cornerstone of Peace (平和の礎) in Mabuni is a large oceanfront memorial park full of stone slabs inscribed with over 240,000 names of people who died in the battle. Civilians and military, Japanese and foreign. Japanese victims are inscribed by prefecture. Foreign nationals are inscribed by country. The site of the last fighting of the Battle of Okinawa on the southern end of the island.

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Kin 金武町Pictures of Kin town, Okinawa.
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Obon Eisa Dance エイサー


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Eisa dancing is performed on the streets at night in every village on Okinawa during the three days of Obon in August. This one was in Kin town. All photos copyright 2009 Michael Lynch.

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Nakagusuku 中城村Pictures of Nakagusuku village, Okinawa.
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Nakagusuku Castle 中城


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Nakagusuku Castle is located in central Okinawa about 150 meters above the Pacific Ocean and has been designated a World Heritage Site. Constructed in mid-fourteenth century of limestone rocks, placed without the use of mortar, Commodore Perry praised the construction technique on his visit to Okinawa in 1853. Photos by Michael Lynch.

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Nakajin 今帰仁村Photos of Nakajin-son Village.
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Kouri Island 古宇利島


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Kouri Island is a small, round island easily accessible by car on a scenic highway bridge over the ocean from Yagaji Island off the coast of Motobu Peninsula. It has small beach and lookout tower.

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Onna 恩納村Pictures of Onna-son village, Okinawa.
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Cape Manzamo 万座毛


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Cape Manzamo is a famous rock formation with a hole or elephant's trunk. It faces the East China Sea.

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YAEYAMA ISLANDS 八重山諸島Photos of Yaeyama Islands.
Ishigaki 石垣市・石垣島Photos of Ishigaki Island in Yaeyama, Okinawa.
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Kabira Bay 川平湾


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Kabira Bay is probably Ishigaki's most famous tourist attraction. Glass bottom boats take you to see the coral in shallow waters. Scenic beach and small islands.

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Ishigaki Yaima Mura 石垣 やいま村


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Small architectural park of traditional Yaeyama homes overlooking Nagura Bay. Open 9:00 am–5:30 pm. Adult admission ¥1,000, kids ¥500. https://www.yaimamura.com/

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Mt. Nosokodake 野底岳 (野底マーペー)


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Mt. Nosokodake is Ishigaki’s second highest mountain at 282 m. Can be climbed up a steep, narrow trail in about 15 min. We saw it from the nearby Nosodake Scenic Point. This mountain is associated with a famous local folk tale about a girl named Maape. The mountain is nicknamed after her, "Nosoko Maape" (野底マーペー) or Nosoko Mape.

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Sakieda Peninsula 崎枝半島


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Sakieda Peninsula on western Ishigaki has Mt. Yarabudake (屋良部岳), a steep, but short (15 min.) climb. Also the scenic Cape Ogansaki (御神崎).

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Banna Park バンナ公園


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Banna Park is on Banna Hill (230m elevation) on the northern fringe of central Ishigaki, overlooking the heart of Ishigaki city. Fine views of the southern part of the island, Taketomi Island, and Sakieda Peninsula.

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Ishigakijima Beach Hotel Sunshine 石垣島ビーチホテルサンシャイン


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Hotel on the southern coast of Ishigaki. Ocean and sunset views. Also stargazing on the rooftop.

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Ishigaki Airport, New and Old 南ぬ島 石垣空港・旧石垣空港


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Landing and takeoff at the New Ishigaki Airport and at the old Ishigaki Airport. Also photos inside the terminal building.

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Ishigaki Port 石垣港離島ターミナル・旧離島桟橋


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Ishigaki Port is on the southern coast of Ishigaki island. It's the marine gateway to other Yaeyama islands such as Taketomi, Iriomote, Kuroshima, and Aragusuku. Also see photos of the old Ishigaki Port and nearby sights.

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Iriomote 西表島Photos of Iriomote Island in Yaeyama, Okinawa.
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Urauchi River Cruise and Waterfall Hike 浦内川自然研究路


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In northern Iriomote, Urauchi River is Okinawa's longest (19 km), widest (200 m), and deepest (15 m) river. It's home to a whopping 400 species of fish or 10 percent of Japan's fish species. Urauchi River is one of Iriomote's major tourist routes with a jungle river cruise and forest hike to see two waterfalls, Mariyudu Falls and Kanbire Falls. The roundtrip cruise and hike will take about 3 hours.

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Yubu 由布島


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Another major attraction on Iriomote is Yubu, is a small, sandbar island. They converted the island into a lush botanical garden. (Admission charged, included in the water buffalo cart ride.)

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Iriomote Nature Walks and Stargazing 大富・古見


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Jungle hike, mangrove walk, and stargazing in central Iriomote: Ohara, Otomi, and Komi.

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Maira River Sunrise Kayaking マイラ川の日の出


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Maira River is one of Iriomote's major rivers. We enjoyed sunrise kayaking at the mouth of the river at high tide.

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Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center 西表野生生物保護センター


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Comprehensive museum on Iriomote's wildlife, especially the Iriomote Wildcat. Located in Komi. Free admission. Open 10 am–4 pm, closed Mon., December 29–January 3, June 23. https://iwcc.jp/english/

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Ohara Port 大原港


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Ohara Port is Iriomote's main port and closest to Ishigaki.

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Taketomi Island 竹富島Pictures of Taketomi Island in Yaeyama, Okinawa.
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Taketomi Beaches and Homes 竹富島の砂浜・民家


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Off the coast of Ishigaki, this is one of Japan's most charming islands with white coral roads, white sand beaches, and a real Okinawan feeling.

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Best of OkinawaMusic and dance, food, etc.
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Ryukyuan Dances 琉球舞踊


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Okinawa's ancient and modern dances are a feast for the eyes with colorful kimono and aesthetic movements, not to mention the intriguing and unique music of Okinawa.

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Okinawan Seasons 沖縄の季節


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One image for each month reflecting the seasons of Okinawa. All photos copyright 2009 Michael Lynch.

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