Let's visit Ryukyu Eight Shrines and eat Okinawa Soba!
I'm Coquelicot of Third cycle Guide Office.
In Okinawa, there are 8 Shinto shrines desinated as being of particular importance by Ryukyu royal government, and called "Ryukyu Eight Shrines" or "Okinawa Eight Shrines".
You can find 6 of 8 shrines in Naha so let's visit them!
I propose you also to taste Okinawa soba on the road.
出発：Okinawa Kariyushi Urban Resort Naha
This shrine, next to Ameku Seigen-ji (buddhist temple), has a red torii gate as a landmark, and you can find it when you go downstairs protected by Shisa at the left side of torii gate.
It is said that this shrine was built between 1465-1487, and there are Honden (the main shrine), Haiden (the front shrine) and so on.
If you go downstairs more, you can find Utaki, a sacred place of Ryukyuan religion.
Address:3-19-3, Tomari, Naha
This shrine is located in Sueyoshi Park, on the top of the mountain deep in the park, so let's walk hard to reach there!
It was built in about 1456 and actual buildings were restored with foundation stones and materials that remained after war.
You will have a marvelous view on Naha city from here.
Address:1-8, Sueyoshi, Naha
Shuri Soba (restaurant)
Please take a rest here to taste Okinawa Soba.
This is a very popular restaurant so there are always long lines!
This restaurant serves quantity limited and it's closed when all soba is sold out, so let's not arrive so late.
Address:Concert Gallery Shiroma 1F, 1-7, Shuriakata, Naha
Open hours:11:00 - approximately 14:00
Closed:Sunday and Holiday
Sho-gen (a king of Ryukyu Kingdom) built here Shikina-gu and Jinno-ji, because his son, who was sick, got well when he prayed.
You find Haiden (the worship hall) after 2 trii gates.
Address:4-1-43, Hantagawa, Naha
This shrine was built in 1451 at this place, where Amaterasu-omikami (goddess of the sun) appeared and a sacred tree was enshrined at first.
If you go upstairs at left side of Haiden (the worship hall), you can arrive at the top of the Tento-san, sacred mountain and will have a splendid view on Naha city.
If you are tired, let's take a rest at the cafe "Oki no Tchaya".
Address:44 Ohnoyama, Naha
At last, you arrive at "Naminoue-gu" on the cliff of Naminoue Beach, the most popular and the most important of Ryukyu Eight Shrine.
This shrine is familiar to Okinawa's people who call it "Nanmin-san".
Let's visit here while listening to wave sound.
You can try "Omikuji", fortune-telling paper in English, in Chinese, and in Taiwanese!
Address:1-25-11, Wakasa, Naha
If you have time during your stay and you want to visit all of Ryukyu Eight Shrines, Futenma-gu is located about 14km northern from Okinawa Kariyushi Urban Resort Naha, and Kin-gu is located at the middle of Okinawa Island. Please enjoy your stay in Okinawa!