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Southern Okinawa Main Island

Explore living history and modern convenience in Okinawa’s cultural heart

Southern Okinawa is the beating heart of the culture of the islands, home to the capitals of both the Ryukyu Kingdom, Shuri, and the modern prefecture, Naha. Explore the history of the royal family at Shurijo Castle Park and the Tama-udun mausoleum and immerse yourself in spirituality at Sefa Utaki, one of the island’s most sacred places. Enjoy shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife in Naha. Head further south to Itoman or Nanjo to immerse yourself in nature—sprawling limestone caves, pristine beaches, and more—and reflect on Okinawa’s somber WWII history.

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