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Old November 21st, 2012, 04:52 AM   #1
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hkskyline's 2012 in NAHA, Japan

Unlike the rest of Japan that I've visited in the past year, large crowds and city life don't associate with Okinawa. Instead, this is a tropical paradise where visitors come to enjoy nature and have a great time. Naha was the port of entry, but was not the final destination. Soon, we found a rental car and headed out to explore the island, stumbling across a few surprises.

A 13km monorail runs through Naha north-to-south, terminating at the airport.

















Naha's streetscapes are nothing inspiring. As the city was mostly destroyed in World War II, the structures are generally new and are not particularly attractive-looking.

































Naha's harbour is a small inlet that opens to the Pacific Ocean. Both Japanese and American militaries operate vessels here.







Naminoue-gu Shrine















The best place to capture a shot of this seaside temple is actually on the elevated highway offshore.





Behind the temple, Asahigaoka Park offers a serene escape and its sloping topography provides a few views.













There were people wandering around Naminoue Beach playing sports and enjoying the sandy beach, but none were actually in the water. With a view of the elevated highway just offshore, it's quite a turn-off.









The shrine and beach were a bit out of the way so now I head back to the monorail station just as a rainstorm approaches.







My other Japan photo threads :
Osaka - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1545455
Kyoto - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1557420
Tokyo - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1517365


The full set is on my website : http://www.globalphotos.org/okinawa.htm
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Old November 21st, 2012, 08:08 PM   #2
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Naha is looking very nice, amazing place. Thanks for these photos
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 05:58 AM   #3
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nice city and interesting details.
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 08:02 AM   #4
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thanks for sharing your great photos...
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Old November 28th, 2012, 08:49 AM   #5
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Thanks for your support. Here is the next set.

Kokusai-dori is a 1.6km-long street lined with souvenir shops and restaurants, and is the most bustling part of Naha.









































To enjoy a meal at the noodle bar, purchase a ticket at the vending machine, and hand the receipt to the attendant. The workers at the restaurant would not handle cash at all throughout the whole process.











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Old November 28th, 2012, 09:10 AM   #6
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Nice photos there.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 09:20 PM   #7
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Great photos.

Naha looks very human in scale.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 02:37 AM   #8
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when I think of Okinawa, is just a group of small islands located in the southmost of the Japan.
I never thought though that Naha, the capital and largest city, is this big and progressive.
thanks for showing.
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Old December 5th, 2012, 07:23 PM   #9
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Built along the hillsides 120m above sea level overlooking Naha in the 14 century, Shuri Castle was the main castle of the Ryukyu kingdom. Destroyed in World War II, the current castle is a reproduction. As the Ryukyu kingdom was heavily influenced by both China and Japan, the architecture contains elements from both cultures.























An expensive 800 yen admission allows visitors to see the re-created inner palace.






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the castle is a gem despite being a reconstruction.
Likewise, Naha is a progressive city with good infrastructures.
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Old January 13th, 2013, 04:54 PM   #11
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Further north, Nakagusuku Castle was built in the late 14th to mid-15th centuries. Although it is in ruins today, the views of Okinawa, including both coasts, are well worth the trip. This and other Ryukyu castles are part of the UNESCO World Heritage site.





























































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