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Must see places in Okinawa

Updated on September 19, 2012

Okinawa Japan is wonderful place to visit. It's a relatively small island, but there is tons of stuff to do while there.There are obvious spots, like beaches and restaurants, but I'm not going to go over those. For the most part, all the beaches are the same, beautiful and crowded. Pretty much everywhere we went out to eat the food was amazing. I really can't think off the top of my head anywhere that the food wasn't good.

Okinawa City Zoo

The Okinawa City Zoo is one of the best zoo's I've ever been too. They have a wide assortment of animals, including horses and dogs. They also have a petting zoo. There is another Zoo north of Okinawa City, stay away from this one. It's not only smaller, but very confusing. The cost is fairly low, around 600 yen for adults. They also have a lot of information on the Habu snakes.

Pineapple Park

The tour through the Pineapple Park itself is hardly fun the first time around. There is a place to get ice cream, then a tour in a small car where you get to see some pineapple growing, and they tell you about pineapples on the island. The good part about going there, however, is after the tour. After the tour, you get to go through their shops. They have pineapples, obviously, wine, cake, juice, hard alcohol, pretty much anything you can think of, made from pineapples. On top of that, they have samples of everything. You can go here for lunch, and leave full. My wife and I went at least 5 times, just for the shops at the end. If you are visiting Okinawa, don't skip this.

Botanical Garden

I was a little unsure about going here. My wife really wanted to, so I finally gave in, and it was a lot better than what I was expecting. They not only had flowers, trees, and plants that call Okinawa home, but also various insects, like butterfly's and beetles and a couple different kinds of fish. Like most places with coy ponds, they have a machine close by that sells food so you can feed them. There was also a gift shop that sold some cool, but expensive gifts. For me at least, it really wasn't the kind of thing I'd go to more than once, but it was fairly interesting to see the first time around.

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Okniawa Aquarium

The Okinawa Aquarium is one of the best I've ever been too. They have pretty much everything there, from small whales, to sharks, deep sea fish, turtles, just to name a few. They also have shows that they put on in pretty much every section. It's the kind of place that you could easily spend all day there. It is a little expensive, 1800 yen per adult, but well worth the price. They also have a cafe where you can eat while watching the bigger animals swim around. This is also one of the don't miss spots in Okinawa.

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There is quite a bit more to see and do while on Okinawa, but no trip would be complete without seeing at least most of these. It's a fairly expensive island, but well worth a visit at least once in your life.

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    North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

    The Karate Kid movies made me become interested in Okinawa. I would have never known about it if I had not seen those movies. That was years ago but my interest in the island has not diminished. It looks beautiful and interesting. I would like to visit it once. Who knows?Only God can say if I will. Great hub!