Okinawa Trip without Car: Part 4: Naminoue Beach, Fukushuen Garden and Shikinaen Garden

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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 breakfast at Hotel Rocore Naha and Naminoue Beach, Fukushuen Garden and Shikinaen Garden as part of Day 2.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Fly to Okinawa
* Day 1: Surijo Castle Park
* Day 1: Surijo Castle Park (Light-up)
* Day 2: Naminoue Beach & Fukushuen Garden & Shikinaen Garden [This article]
* 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

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The second day of my Okinawa trip has started. To begin with, I will have a breakfast.

Breakfast at Hotel Rocore Naha

As I mentioned in the past article, I chose Hotel Rocore Naha for my Okinawa trip for the following two reasons. First, the hotel is located near the Prefectural Office Station, which is the central area of Naha city. Second, the hotel is famous for its breakfast – the hotel has been chosen as the “best breakfast hotel” in Okinawa for three years running by TripAdvisor.

The venue for breakfast was at “Aletta” on the second floor.Hotel Rocore Naha Aletta

The restaurant starts at 6:30 a.m. and when I reached it, there were already several people who were waiting for breakfast. In addition to Japanese and Western cuisine, a variety of Okinawa local food was served. For example,

Goya chanpuru.Hotel Rocore Naha breakfast1

Rafute.Hotel Rocore Naha breakfast2

Sata andagi.Hotel Rocore Naha breakfast3

Steamed vegetable.Hotel Rocore Naha breakfast4

Okinawa-oriented vegetable.Hotel Rocore Naha breakfast5

Fruites.Hotel Rocore Naha breakfast6

Citrus depressa juice.Hotel Rocore Naha breakfast7

Here is what I chose for today’s breakfast.Hotel Rocore Naha breakfast8

Additional one.Hotel Rocore Naha breakfast9

Kokusai Street Snaps

After breakfast, I just took a stroll around Kokusai street. I planed to go around Kokusai street this afternoon and the weather forecast predicted it would become cloudy around noon, so I decided to take photos of Kokusai street with sunny condition in the morning.

Here are some snap photos of Kokusai street.Naha Kokusai street1

Naha Kokusai street2

Naha Kokusai street3

Naha Kokusai street4

The photo below was taken at Makishi monorail station, the end point of Kokusai street.Naha Makishi station

I returned to Prefectural Office station by monorail and took photos of monorails around the station.Naha monorail1

Naha monorail2

Naha monorail3

Naha monorail4

Then, I moved to the next destination.""

Naminoue Beach

I walked about 15-20 minutes and arrived at Naminoue Beach.Naha Naminoue Beach1

Naminoue Beach is relatively small, but is the only beach in Naha city. There were lots of local people as well as tourists.Naha Naminoue Beach2

Naha Naminoue Beach3

Naha Naminoue Beach4

Naha Naminoue Beach5

There was Naminoue shrine near Naminoue Beach.Naha Naminoue shrine1

Naha Naminoue shrine2

Here is a view from the other side of the road.Naha Naminoue shrine Naminoue Beach

Other snaps.那覇 波之上臨港道路1

那覇 波之上臨港道路2

Fukushuen Garden

When I returned from Naminoue Beach, I stopped by Fukushuen Garden.Naha Fukushuen Garden1

Fukushuen Garden is a traditional Chinese garden in Naha city. The garden was constructed in 1992, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the sister city relationship between Naha and Fuzhou in China.

Here are snap photos of Fukushuen Garden.""




Naha Fukushuen Garden2

Naha Fukushuen Garden3

Naha Fukushuen Garden4


Naha Fukushuen Garden5

Shikinaen Garden

I left Fukushuen Garden and took a local bus to move to Shikinaen Garden.""

Shikinaen Garden was built around 1799 as one of the residences for rulers of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on December 2, 2000, as a part of the site group Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu.

Here are snap photos of Shikinaen Garden.Naha Shikinaen Garden1

Naha Shikinaen Garden2

Naha Shikinaen Garden3







Then, I returned to Prefectural Office station by local bus and started to walk around Kokusai street in the afternoon.


That’s it for the article about breakfast at Hotel Rocore Naha and Naminoue Beach, Fukushuen Garden and Shikinaen Garden as part of Day 2 of my Okinawa trip.

Regarding Hotel Rocore Naha, I totally agree that the hotel has been chosen as the “best breakfast hotel” in Okinawa for three years running by TripAdvisor. I stayed in Hotel Rocore Naha for three nights and I didn’t get tired of breakfast thanks to its variety of food. Talking of “best breakfast hotel”, La Vista Hakodate Bay it also famous for its breakfast. If you are interested in it, please see the following article.

Hakodate winter trip Part 4: Breakfast at La Vista Hakodate Bay and Old Fort Goryokaku

As for Naminoue Beach, Fukushuen Garden and Shikinaen Garden, how about adding them as tourist spots in addition to Shurijo Castle and Kokusai street. In guidebooks, Shurijo Castle and Kokusai street are often featured as tourist spots in Naha city, but I would say Naminoue Beach, Fukushuen Garden and Shikinaen Garden are also good 🙂

In the next article, I will write about Kokusai Street as part of Day 2.


[Related Link]
Visit Okinawa Japan – Official Travel and Tourism Information
Okinawa Labo
Hotel Rocore Naha

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    1. クラさんへ、コメントありがとうございます。交通アクセスに難があることもあり、織名園はややマイナーな印象ですが、世界遺産だけあっていいですよね〜。

  1. Hi, could you kindly provide how and where you found local bus lines for each destination? I will be visiting Okinawa in April with my mom and will not be driving. I would love to take my mom to all the beautiful places you visited. Thank you! ~Karen

    1. Hi Karen, thank you for your comment. Here is a map I visited in this article.

      (1) Naminoue Beach
      It took about 20 minutes on foot from central Naha (Hotel Rocore Naha).

      (2) Fukushuen Garden
      It was located between Naminoue Beach and Hotel Rocore Naha, and took about 10 minutes from the hotel on foot.

      (3) Shikinaen Garden
      It took about 20 minutes from central Naha by bus numbers 2, 5 or 14.

      Frankly speaking, I think local bus is complicating for foreign tourists, so I would recommend you can use taxi instead, if you don’t mind. I hope my information will be of some help 🙂

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