There are many fabulous reasons to take a cruise that visits, Naha, the capital of Okinawa, Japan. For starters, you can easily get a direct flight to this city from many of Japan’s other cities (such as Tokyo), or from destinations in Taiwan, China, or Hong Kong. Secondly, it is an appealing destination for its fascinating history (many ties to World War II) and interesting culture (in fact, the Ryuku Islands have their own culture, cuisine, and language). Third, it has so many things to do and see, that you might even consider spending an extra day or two there just to do it all! Naha is filled with beautiful shrines, temples, museums, beaches, historic sites, shopping opportunities, parks, mausoleums, and so much more to list! There is literally something for all interests. Plus, you will discover savory cuisine in a number of steakhouses, cafes, sushi bars, seafood restaurants, and more! Whether you’re in the mood for Italian, Korean, French, or Japanese, you will have no problem finding it in Naha.
A great time to visit Naha, Okinawa is between the spring and late fall (usually about March to May, or September to December).
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Naha (Okinawa). Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
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These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Naha, along with a brief description:
♦ Naminoue Shrine
Naminoue Shrine is considered one of the most important shrines in Okinawa. Situated atop a hill overlooking the coastline, this shrine is where many came to pray for safe travels and success. Since a large portion of the original shrine was destroyed during World War II, what you see today is a reconstruction (with an exception of the entrance gate, which is the original structure). Today, many people continue to visit this shrine to pray for health and success. As Naminoue Shrine is located so close to the sea, you can easily access the beach from here. There are also street food vendors nearby where you can sample some traditional foods, giving you even a better “taste” of local culture!
♦ Naminoue Beach
This is probably the only beach you’ll ever visit that has a highway going over it! In the distance, you might even be able to see cruise ships docking in Naha. Aside from its interesting scenery, this is one of the most visited beaches in Naha, and it is located right behind Naminoue Shrine (so you don’t need to travel far to get to it). This small beach is good to go to for a nice swim (as there is a designated swimming area with a lifeguard), and is well known for its clean, white sands and blue waters. During the peak season, you can rent chairs, umbrellas, and barbecue facilities and enjoy a nice beach day.
♦ Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum
One of the most highly-rated museums in Naha is the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum. This museum is perfect for history buffs, art enthusiasts, and those interested in natural history, as many of its exhibits feature those topics. There are gardens outside of the museum that you can explore, taking in knowledge of traditional-style homes, statues, pottery, ceramics, and more. There is also a sculpture garden with contemporary artwork. Among some of the exhibits you can see inside the museum include those on local flora and fauna, the history of the Ryukyus Islands (including artifacts), and rotating art exhibits. There is also a café, gift shop, and a “Hands-On Experience Room” where you can get really immersive with local history and culture.
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