Okinawa Trip without Car: Part 3: Light-up at Shurijo Castle Park and Oppa Ice Gelato

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I traveled to Okinawa for four days and three nights. This time, I visited Okinawa Main Island, mainly Naha area. My concern was that I don’t drive, which might make my trip difficult, but I enjoyed the trip very much by using monorail and taking bus tours. In this article, I will write about light-up at Shurijo Park and Oppa Ice Gelato as part of Day 1.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Fly to Okinawa
* Day 1: Surijo Castle Park
* Day 1: Surijo Castle Park (Light-up) [This article]
* Day 2: Naminoue Beach & Fukushuen Garden & Shikinaen Garden
* Day 2: Kokusai Street
* Day 2: Kokusai Street (Night Walk)
* Day 3: Kouri Island
* Day 3: Churaumi Aquarium
* Day 3: Busena Marine Park
* Day 3: Mihama American Village
* Day 4: Sefa-utaki & Mibaru Beach & Himeyuri Peace Museum
* Day 4: Ashibinaa & Chura Sun Beach
* Day 4: Senagajima Umikaji Terrace & Return Home

[Travel Date]

[Main Part]

I left Shurijo Castle Park temporarily. I planned to revisit it in the evening to see its light-up, so I will have a dinner before that.

Oppa Ice Gelato Shurijo Castle Outlet

To begin with, I stopped by “Oppa Ice Gelato Shurijo Castle Outlet” before dinner.Oppa Ice Gelato Shurijo Castle Outlet1

Talking of ice cream in Okinawa, “Blue Seal” is popular and there are lots of outlets around Okinawa. I heard “Oppa Ice” is also very tasty, so I decided to visit its outlet.

In the outlet.Oppa Ice Gelato Shurijo Castle Outlet2

I ordered milk ice gelato and iced cafe latte.Oppa Ice Gelato

I also bought “Oppa milk”.Oppa milk1

Ryukyu Sabo Ashibiuna

I had a dinner at “Ryukyu Sabo Ashibiuna”.Ryukyu Sabo Ashibiuna1

“Ryukyu Sabo Ashibiuna” serves traditional Okinawa cuisine.Ryukyu Sabo Ashibiuna2

There are veranda sheets.Ryukyu Sabo Ashibiuna3

I ordered “Nakayama Dai-ichi Gozen”. Here is the appetizer.Ryukyu Sabo Ashibiuna Nakayama Dai-ichi Gozen1

Here is the main dish.Ryukyu Sabo Ashibiuna Nakayama Dai-ichi Gozen2

“Nakayama Dai-ichi Gozen” provides a variety of Okinawa food with small portion. So if you would like to eat whole Okinawa food, but would like to avoid large volume, “Nakayama Dai-ichi Gozen” at “Ryukyu Sabo Ashibiuna” might be a good option.

Light-up at Shurijo Castle Park

After dinner, I will take evening and night view photos around Shurijo Castle Park. For more information at each spot, please see the previous article. Please note I changed white balance frequently, so color setting varied by photos.

First, view of Shurijo Castle from Ryutan Pond.Ryutan Pond evening view

This boulding is Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts.""

From here, photos were taken in Shurijo Castle Park. To begin with, Shureimon Gate.Shurijo Castle Shureimon Gate evening view

Kankaimon Gate.Shurijo Castle Kankaimon Gate evening view

Koufukumon Gate.Shurijo Castle Koufukumon Gate evening view

Houshinmon Gate. The paid area started from here.Shurijo Castle Houshinmon Gate evening view

Garden.Shurijo Castle Garden evening view

Backside of the garden.""

I left the paid area and returned to the free area.""

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首里城 北城郭東地区 夕景2

Kyukeimon Gate.""

I returned to Shureimon Gate. It has got dark.Shurijo Castle Shureimon Gate light-up1

I started to use my tripod.""

Benzaitendo and Enkanchi Pond.Shurijo Castle Benzaitendo and Enkanchi Pond light-up

Moon was seen over my head.""

I passed Shureimon Gate and left Shurijo Castle Park.Shurijo Castle Shureimon Gate light-up2

Then, I dropped by Ryutan Pond.Shurijo Castle Ryutan Pond light-up1

Shurijo Castle Ryutan Pond light-up2

I went back to the hotel by monorail.Okinawa Naha Monorail

Here is “Oppa  Milk” I bought at “Oppa Ice Gelato Shurijo Castle Outlet”. Oppa milk2


That’s it for the article about light-up at Shurijo Park and Oppa Ice Gelato as part of Day 1 of my Okinawa trip.

Regarding light-up at Shurijo Park, please note the operating hours varies between the paid area and the free area. In addition, the operating hours changes by season.

As for Oppa Ice Gelato, it was one of the best rich-tasting ice creams I have ever eaten. If you have a chance to  visit Okinawa and see an outlet of Oppa Ice Gelato, I would recommend you stop by it 🙂

In the next article, I will write about Naminoue Beach & Fukushuen Garden & Shikinaen Garden as part of Day 2.


[Related Link]
Visit Okinawa Japan – Official Travel and Tourism Information
Okinawa Labo
Shurijo Castle Park

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  1. こんにちは😃

    1. ケイコさん、コメントありがとうございます。沖縄はレンタカーで回るのがベストであるのは間違いないですが、車がなくても、特に那覇市内メインであれば何とかなる感じです。同じような日にちでしたら、梅雨が明けの夏休み前のタイミングですので、そこまで人も多くないと思います。是非、よいご旅行を!
      p.s. 自分も過去に台湾には二度訪れましたが、またそのうち行ってみたいと思っています。

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