Okinawa, Japan (Part 3/3)

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The next day, we checked out, took the hotel shuttle bus to the airport, then took the monorail to Asato station, where our hotel is. The Best Western Naha Inn hotel is the 4th, and the last hotel we were staying for this trip.

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The 1st thing we did was to check out the Family Mart besides the hotel. Then, we had our lunch at a nearby eatery.

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The Shisas at Yoshinoya are so cute!

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We took the monorail to Miebashi station, where we saw the largest Shisa in this trip.

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We were going to the Kokusai Street (国際通り), which is a shopping street that runs for about 2km.

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We can easily spend one whole day shopping here, cos there are so many interesting shops.

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We had our dinner at one of the restaurants here. I was so happy, cos I finally get to try the Okinawa stir fry bittergourd, and sea grapes. See.. even the Shisa enjoys eating the Okinawa bittergourd 🙂

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The next day, we decided to buy the One-Day Yui Yui Pass that gave us unlimited rides on the Monorail and sightseeing bus. This is definitely a cheap and convenient way to access the tourist attractions in Naha city.

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There is a board in the bus that indicates and introduces the next destination, and we just need to press the bell if we feel like stopping over.

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We first visited Fukushuen (福州園), which was constructed in 1992 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the relation between Naha and Fukushu.

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Then we stopped over at Naminoue Beach (波の上ビーチ), which is not opened yet lol.

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And so we walked over to Naminoue Shrine (波上宮), literally “Above the Waves Shrine”. It is the main Shinto shrine in Naha city.

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Shuri Castle (首里城) is our next stop. We were attracted by the 3 doggies outside this small eatery, and so we went in to have a bowl of Okinawa soba.

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Shuri Castle was the palace of the Ryūkyū Kingdom. It was reconstructed in 1992 after it was almost completely destroyed during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. It was designated as the 11th UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique structure and architecture.

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We alighted at this stop, without knowing what to expect, but I was happy to see so many interesting Shisas by the roadside.

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We managed to find our way to the Kinjo-cho Ishidatami pavement (金城町石畳道), which is a pavement paved with Ryukyu limestone, about 300m long, and is said to be more than 500 years old.

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Finally, we went back to the Kokusai Street for dinner and more shopping. This time, we had a taste of their famous salted ice cream, of which we are free to add different kind of salt (yuzu, wasabi, chilli, etc) too.

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Our last day before departure is none other than a day of outlet shopping at Ashibinaa. We took the monorail to the Naha Kuko station, then took Bus 95 at Bus stop no 4 located at the domestic airport.

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We were definitely not sick of Okinawan cuisine yet. This was the xth bowl of Okinawa soba and rice I had in this trip, and I still find them delicious, esp with the tender pork.

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Having said that, our last meal in Okinawa was none other than the Okinawa soba lol 😀

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