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We still don't know who constructed Nakijin, though the excavations show that it was started in the 13th century. The fact that it took over a hundred years to complete meant that the generation who started it did not see it finished, but it was of such monumental importance that the next generations took over the construction as their life work.
Every person in Okinawa is a testament to peace. The survivors from the war, and the next generations that they brought up is a testament to their resilience. You don’t have to limit yourself to the Peace Museum, for in every town you will find stories of hope and recovery.
Cape Manza is famous for its iconic, dramatic cliffs and sunset views in Okinawa. Facing Northwest, the best times to take in this view is in the late afternoon.
Every zoo in Japan is unique is some way. Okinawa Zoo and Museum is no different as it is the southernmost zoo in all of Japan and the only zoo in the prefecture.
Located in the rural north side of the beautiful island of Okinawa is the village of Ogimi. Often sought after by foreigners and TV documentary crews to learn the secrets of long life, it is world famous for the amount of centenarians that live there.
A blend of Japanese and Chinese cultures, Shuri-jo castle was the seat of Ryukyuan royalty before the Okinawan islands became part of Japan, and is both striking and distinct.
Okinawa World theme park in Nanjo City features the prefecture's premier display of Habu and snake related exhibits.
Shisa's are lion dogs of chinese origin adopted by Okinawans to guard against evils spirits. Okinawa World theme park features shisa dogs of differing sizes.