Explore this beautiful island and visit imposing Shuri Castle, home of the Ryukyu royal family for 400 years. Enjoy the scenic countryside, the WWII memorials, the magnificent limestone caves and a reconstructed Ryukyu village where the island’s heritage and crafts are on display. Take home exquisite Bingata fabric, handmade paper, colorful tsuboyayaki pottery and other craft items. Foods to suite any palate can be found here.

Port: Okinawa (Naha)
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Okinawa (Naha)

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  • Battle of Okinawa

    Visit Okinawa's historic battlefield sites and monuments of the Battle of Okinawa in this interesting half-day tour.

    Departing from the pier, you will first travel towards the southeast corner of Okinawa, passing by several residential and commercial areas. Your first stop will be at the Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, located where Rear Admiral Ota and his men desperately fought to the end on June 13, 1945. Once you have arrived, you will walk down the 101 steps into the narrow tunnels of the headquarters to see the commanding officer's room, staff room, generator rooms and more, giving you unique insight into the experiences the soldiers and officers had inside the headquarters.

    Leaving the headquarters behind, you will next make your way to the Himeyuri Monument, which stands as a symbol of the severity of the Battle of Okinawa. The monument, as well as the small museum, was built as a dedication to the more than 200 female students and their teachers who lost their lives as volunteer nurses in the Himeyuri Corps. During your time here, you will be able to take a stroll through the small museum to learn more about the lives of these civilians. Although most of the displays are in Japanese, the language barrier will not keep visitors from gaining the message of peace that this museum portrays.

    Rejoining your coach, you'll continue on towards the hills of Mabuni where one of the fiercest battles took place, and where the Cornerstone of Peace stands as a symbol of the tragic loss of life for both Okinawa and the Allied Forces. Passing through lush green fields and beautiful countryside, you will reach the Peace Memorial Park, where upon arrival you will have the opportunity to pass through the numerous stone memorials that are dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Battle of Okinawa.

    At the conclusion of what will surely be a touching experience, you will transfer back to the pier in Naha.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of walking that is considered strenuous at times and there are uneven surfaces and a significant number of steps and narrow passageways to negotiate at the Naval Underground Headquarters. There are no elevators or ramps at this attraction. The museum in Himeyuru Monument is not included. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary. We suggest that you bring local currency for any purchases at the sites.

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  • Okinawa Prefecture Museum & Shopping

    Discover the rich cultural legacy of Okinawa on this tour that visits the new Okinawa Museum, completed in 2007. With over 80,000 items in its collections, the Museum traces the island's history and culture from the Ryukyu Kingdom to today. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore the shops of Kokusai Street, hailed as Naha's "Miracle Mile.

    Commencing from the pier, a 30-minute coach ride brings you to Naha and the Okinawa Prefectural Museum. Upon arrival at the museum, you will have a 90-minute visit. This four-story museum which was constructed largely with local Okinawan limestone, was constructed in a style that reflects Okinawa's gusuku (castles). The items housed here range in age from the 12th century to present day and include the "Omorosoushi", a priceless collection of songs and historical items from the Ryukyu Kingdom (1429 - 1879).

    Following your time at the museum, you will transfer to Kokusai Street for some local shopping. Originally a sweet potato field, this shopping mecca sprang to life in the years following World War II. Time here is own your own and you will have nearly 90-minutes to explore Kokusai's colorful mix of Japanese department stores and traditional shops. Browse for souvenirs as well as crafts that include ceramic items, fabrics and local foods.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking, plus any walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair (electric scooters are not allowed), are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate, comfortable clothing; sun cap; sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary. We suggest that you bring local currency for any purchases at the sites.

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  • Naha Highlights

    Unlike other parts of Japan, Okinawa has its own separate history, having been the independent kingdom of Ryukyu during the 15th century. Ideally located between mainland Japan and Taiwan, the small kingdom prospered and traded goods with Japan, China, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Subsequently, Okinawa developed its own unique history and culture that is evident today. On this half-day excursion, explore the city of Naha, the capital and largest city of Okinawa Prefecture, and former capital of the Ryukyu kings. Leaving the port, you will drive to Shuri Castle, the administrative center and residence of the Ryukyu royal family for over 400 years, until Okinawa became a Japanese prefecture in 1879. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the castle rests on a hill presenting outstanding views of Naha and the sea. Surrounded by tall curved walls, the bright red castle is a mixture of Japanese and Chinese architectural styles. See the lavishly decorated Seiden (Main Hall), former venue for major affairs of state and ceremonies. You will also see the ornate Shurei Gate. Known as the Gate of Courtesy, it typifies Okinawan architecture and serves as a symbol of modern day Okinawa.

    After the castle, you will be escorted to Shikina en Garden, which is known as one of the best Japanese Style Garden in Okinawa. Departing the castle, drive to Kokusai-dori, Naha's main street, stretching for roughly one mile through downtown. Stroll through the neighborhood on your own, exploring fashionable shops and restaurants offering local products such as exquisite bingata fabrics, colorful tsuboya-yaki pottery and awamori liquor made from long-grained rice. Reboarding your bus, return to the ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking that is considered strenuous at times and there are uneven surfaces and a significant number of steep steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and it is not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Shoes must be removed during the visit to the the south hall (Nanden) and the main hall of Shurijo Castle. While photography is permitted on the grounds of Shurijo Castle, none is permitted inside. The Shrijo Castle has restoration work being done and some areas may not be accessible. We suggest that you bring local currency for any purchases at the sites. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Bingata Experience

    This unique tour not only gives you the opportunity observe and learn the secrets of the art of Bingata, a multicolored dyeing process used for silk and vegetable fibers, but also allows you to actively participate in making your own creation.

    Depart the pier by coach for a 30-minute scenic drive to Tembusu Naha, where you will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the art of bingata, originally produced solely for Okinawa's warrior class since the 15th century. Bingata-dyed fabric has been produced in the Ryukyu islands for centuries, but is believed that the multi-colored dyeing process was originally introduced from southern China. Discover the secrets of this ancient art as you create your very own piece of Ryukyu bingata, with a complex pattern of alternating light and dark dyes. At the end of this interactive class, you will be able to take home with you your piece of traditional bingata as a souvenir of your visit.Enjoy your free time to visit Kokusai Dori for shopping.

    Rejoining your coach, you will travel towards the Shurijyo Castle. This vermilion-colored castle was the seat of power during the 500-year reign of the Ryukyu Kindgom. Destroyed in World War II, the Castle was rebuilt in 1992 and is surrounded by beautiful gates that lead to Seiden or Main Hall.

    Following your visit at the Castle, you will be transferred back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking that is considered strenuous at times and there are uneven surfaces and a significant number of steep steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and it is not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. The Bingata dyeing process will leave permanent stains on clothing so casual clothing that you will not mind getting permanently stained is recommended, along with sturdy yet comfortable walking shoes. Shoes must be removed during the visit to the South Hall(Nanden) and main hall of Shurijo Castle. While photography is permitted on the grounds of Shurijo Castle, none is permitted inside. The Shrijo Castle has restoration work being done and some areas may not be accessible. We suggest that you bring local currency for any purchases at the sites. The order of the sites viewed or vistied may vary.

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