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Naha is the capital of Okinawa Prefecture. It is beautifully landscaped with lots of palm and betel nut trees, green and tall Okinawa Pines, colorful flowers, blue skies and white clouds. The scenery here is very southern. Shurijo Castle still retains the same style from when it was the palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom. The stone paths nearby have a very local flavor to them. If you want to taste the local cuisine or go shopping, you have options ranging from department stores to souvenir shops all of which will give you an absolutely rewarding experience. At night choose one of the local favorite pubs to try Okinawan cuisine.
Kokusaidori Street is the main street symbolizing the commercial prosperity of Okinawa. It has also been called "The Miracle Mile" since the Second World War, retaining the prosperity of those times. The streets are lined with large department stores, restaurants, boutique clothing stores, large shopping centers, various entertainment venues, and all kinds of popular information and goods, with reasonable prices to guarantee you leave satisfied.
Located in Naha, Okinawa, Shuri Castle was once the site of the capital and palace of the Ryukyuan Kingdom. In those days, the king of Ryukyu was known to handle state affairs, receive envoys, or hold important ceremonies here, and it has now been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. According to historical records, Shuri Castle was burned down and reconstructed several times, with today's castle a replica of the Chinese Tang dynasty style architecture that remained from the Second World War. The Ryukyu-style castle combines the architectural features of China, Japan and Okinawa. One of the most iconic buildings is the Chinese-style Shureimon Gate, the plaque on which is inscribed with "Nation of Propriety", which was given by the Chinese Emperor when conferring titles to the Ryukyu King.
Located in Naha, Naminoue Jingu is built on a high bluff, overlooking the sea. As implied by its literal name "Above the Waves Shrine", the shrine appears to sit on large waves when looked at from a distance. Dedicated to Nirai Kanai (World of Gods), it is one of the eight famous shrines of Rykuyu. The red-tiled roof, with its strong reflection of Okinawan culture, is a must-see attraction for tourists to Naha.
The Tomari Iyumachi is a popular fish market in Okinawa. Here you can see the diversity of lobsters, crabs, shellfish and marine fish. The seafood here is clean and orderly. It is cheap and fresh. There are many sorts of sashimi. It is a good decision for tourists who like to eat sashimi to come here with friends and family.