Manzamo cape in Okinawa, Japan
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Cruise to Okinawa (Nakagusuku), Japan

A small series of sub-tropical islands just off Japan's mainland, Okinawa is home to untouched beaches perfect for a picnic or a splash in the blue water, as well as old castles harkening back to ages past. From Nakagusuku, the riches of the region's main island, Okinawa Honto, are right at your fingertips. Cruise to Okinawa and check out the Nakagusuku Castle ruins, where you can see austere stone courtyards dating back to the 14th century. Experience the rough cliffs and pristine blue waters of Cape Manzamo to the north, or head to Naha and see Shuri Castle, a reconstruction of the Ryuku Kingdom's most important palace from the 1400s to the 1800s.
National Language Japanese
Currency Accepted Japanese Yen (JPY)

Things To Do in Okinawa (Nakagusuku)

Part of the stone wall with stairs at Nakagusuku castle in Okinawa, Japan

Visit a Fallen Kingdom

Part of the stone wall with stairs at Nakagusuku castle in Okinawa, Japan

Part of the stone wall with stairs at Nakagusuku castle in Okinawa, Japan

Visit a Fallen Kingdom

Nakagusugu city is near a wealth of castle ruins dating back to the Ryukyu Kingdom, which had its heyday from the 1400s to the 1800s. Start off at the Katsuren Castle ruins and retrace an army's footsteps to Nakagusugu Castle (destroyed by the lord of Katsuren). It's easy to imagine the impressive structures in their prime while walking through the ancient battlements.<

View from the Okinawa sea road in Okinawa, Japan

Island-Hop by Car

View from the Okinawa sea road in Okinawa, Japan

View from the Okinawa sea road in Okinawa, Japan

Island-Hop by Car

Henza Island is connected to the Okinawa mainland via a scenic stretch of red bridge. From there, you can continue driving through to Hamahige, Miyagi and Ikei Island — stopping at beaches along the way. Pop into the Nuchi Una salt factory to see how local sea salt is made and taste dishes flavored with its mineral-rich goodness.

Stone gate of Shuri castle in Okinawa, Japan
Stone gate of Shuri castle in Okinawa, Japan

Culture in the Capital

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, is only an hour away by car. Head there for some of the island's most iconic pieces of culture: Pay your respects at Naminoue Shrine, perched on a cliff above the idyllic ocean. Walk through the relaxing ponds and pagodas of Chinese-style Fukushu-en Garden, and a slice of Ryukyu history at reconstructed Shuri Castle.

Taco filling with rice and cheese, fusion dish of Okinawa, Japan
Taco filling with rice and cheese, fusion dish of Okinawa, Japan

Local Cuisine

American tastes have had a big effect on Okinawan food due to the presence of the U.S. military base here, and the result is a fusion food like you've never tried before. Cruise to Okinawa to dig into a delicious bowl of Taco Rice topped with crunchy salsa and a deep purple sweet potato tartlet. Don't forget to try the Ube (purple sweet potato) ice cream at Okinawan mainstay Blue Seal.

Colorful glasses on sale at a souvenir shop in Okinawa, Japan
Colorful glasses on sale at a souvenir shop in Okinawa, Japan

Shopping

To get the most authentic souvenirs, venture into Yomitan Pottery Village in Yachimun. The village is home to 45 artisan potters who glaze their wares in the Okinawan style. Pick up chunky handmade fruit bowls or delicately decorated sake sets during your Japan cruise. At Kousaki Dori street in Naha, you can find some handblown Ryukyu glass to complement your collection.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Public transport is limited here: Hire a car in advance, or organize a taxi or tour.
2 ATMs are difficult to find in rural areas, make sure you have enough yen on you before you leave the ship.

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