Monday, 27 June 2016

Okinawa 4-Day Itinerary: Day Four

Read Day 1 here - Cape Manzamo (万座毛), Churaumi Aquarium
Read Day 2 here - Ocean Expo Park, snorkeling in Blue Cave, Sunset Beach
Read Day 3 here - Okinawa World, Gyokusendo Cave (玉泉洞)
Read Day 4 here - Shuri Castle (首里城)

View from Shuri Castle
This was my last day in Okinawa. There are two types of passes for the Yui Monorail: 24 hours for 700 yen and 48 hours for 1200 yen. Counting the hours allows you to make full use of it and even travel over two days! I bought the 24 hour pass and we took it to the last stop, Shuri-jo (首里城 Shuri Castle).

It started raining halfway through our visit there and then back to 30C glaring sun. We got a 100 yen discount for the admission fee because we had the monorail day pass. The castle had a lot of Chinese influences with dragons and gold paint. It’s not particularly large and can be finished in an hour or two.

Shuri Castle
Throne room
Model of Shuri Castle
Shisa faucet inside Shuri Castle
Leaving the castle, we took the monorail to Miebashi station 美栄橋駅 and walked to Kokusai-dori 国際通り for lunch. We chose a Hokkaido ramen place which was ironic since Hokkaido is at the opposite end of the country from Okinawa. For dessert it was Blue Seal ice cream once more and I tried the beni-imo soft serve.

Hokkaido ramen in Okinawa
I picked up my bag from the hostel and took the monorail to Naha Airport. In this regard, the monorail really was one of the most convenient transport systems I have used getting to and from an airport. The ride to downtown was short and the fare was inexpensive.

Overall it was a great taste of Okinawa and I hope to visit the smaller islands next time because everyone kept saying how those islands had even more beautiful scenery.

Read Day 1 here - Cape Manzamo (万座毛), Churaumi Aquarium
Read Day 2 here - Ocean Expo Park, snorkeling in Blue Cave, Sunset Beach
Read Day 3 here - Okinawa World, Gyokusendo Cave (玉泉洞)
Read Day 4 here - Shuri Castle (首里城)
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