The city of Naha in Japan is the capital and also the largest city of Okinawa Prefecture. It is also one of the most prominent transportation hubs of the country and connects different regions of Okinawa and Asia by ferry or direct flight. Although the city has a long history, the proofs of the bygone era were destroyed during the Okinawa Battle and now very few buildings of those times can be seen. Take a car for hire in Naha to move around the city and discover its special secrets.
The Shuri Castle is the major attraction of Naha and was a prominent centre of administration during the reign of the Ryukyu Kings. It was built during the fourteenth century and has been accorded a place in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is located on a hilltop and has several attractive buildings and gates. Shureimon Gate is the most famous gate and from its high elevated position, the whole of Naha looks like a pretty picture. Shikinaen Garden,the second home for the Ryukyu Kings, was built in the nineteenth century. Although, the place is quite simple, its Okinawan Japanese styled garden and red tiled roofing is very attractive. In fact, its simplicity adds to its allure. Hire a car in Naha to visit this wonderful Japanese heritage.
The Prefectural Museum in Naha features historical facts and the artistic flavor of Okinawan tradition. It also gives you a detailed view of the Ryukyu dynasty, its history and its culture. Japanese folklore and Japanese arts and craft are likewise showcased in this museum.. The art gallery is replete with various paintings, sketches, videos and sculptures. Rent a car in Naha to visit the Tsuboya district, which is well known for its pottery museum and various shops where you can purchase souvenirs and gifts for family and friends.
The main shopping street of Naha is the Kokusaidori Street (International Street) and is lined with hotels, cafes, restaurants, boutiques, souvenir shops, and department stores. Some of the most prominent shops on this street are Ichiba Hondori Mutsumidori and Heiwadori arcades. After having a fill of shopping, head to the Tamaudam Mausoleum, built for the Ryukyu royal family which is located near Shuri Castle, and is recorded in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Some of the cities located near Naha are Tomigusuku, Nishihara, Chatan, Okinawa, and Naze. Each of these cities has good sites for sightseeing and decent options for accomodation. The area around Naha has the influence of Ryukyu dynasty and you will find most of the tourist places displaying their tradition. Hire a car and discover the beauty of Naha at your own pace and convenience.
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