Naha City is the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, which for many years was the commercial area of the former Ryukyu kingdom. It has an estimated population of about 320,000 inhabitants who live their lives in a very cosmopolitan environment.
Shujiro Castle, the symbol of Okinawa prefecture, is located in this city. Despite the fact that today Naha is a beautiful metropolis full of attractions, it is remembered that in 1945 the entire city, Shujiro Castle, was totally destroyed in the Battle of Okinawa. It means that many of the historical places in the city have been rebuilt over time.
Just outside the main walls of Shuri Castle are the Bezaitendo Shrine and Enganchi Pond, and the Enkakuji Temple, which can be reached via the Hojo-bashi Bridge. The latter is the temple of the Royal Family.
Situated at roughly the same latitude as Hawaii, Florida, and the Bahamas, Naha and Okinawa enjoy a similar temperate subtropical climate.
One of the funniest places in Naha is “Kokusai-dori” boulevard, with many shops selling Okinawan souvenirs, as well as restaurants offering traditional prefectural food. Okinawan music is often heard when entering stores. Also in this sector is the Daiichi Makishi Public Market with merchants selling a variety of meat and seafood, as well as inexpensive household products.
Another attraction in the city is the “Okinawa Prefecture Museum”, which is divided into two areas; the historical area and the cultural area, which showcases artwork by local artists, as well as detailed historical information about the past Ryukyu kingdom.
For people who want to learn more about the kingdom of Ryukyu, it is recommended to visit the Tamaudun mausoleum, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. This mausoleum was founded in the 16th century for the Ryukyu royal family.
Naha is a modern city in which you can enjoy culture, make purchases of various genres and visit historical monuments of great importance in the history of the Asian continent.