Silversea Expedition Cruises To Naha, Okinawa

Naha, Okinawa

Unlike other parts of Japan, Okinawa has its own separate history, having been the independent kingdom of Ryukyu during the 15th century. It is located in an ideal area between mainland Japan and Taiwan; the small kingdom prospered and traded goods with Japan, China, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Subsequently, Okinawa developed its own unique history and culture that is evident today. View more

Naha, the largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, has nearly 6 million visitors from outside of Okinawa prefecture every year, and it has been one of the most popular destinations within Japan. What makes this city so special? You are sure to be fascinated by magnificent Okinawa landscapes while you are in the city. Remaining of the kingdom of Ryukyu is a “must-see” but you will also learn the history of Okinawa during World War II as well. Okinawa prefecture was under American occupation since 1945, and it finally returned to Japanese sovereignty in 1972. You could still see the combination of Japanese and American cultures.

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Excursions in Naha, Okinawa

Okinawa Sites

Discover a few of the most important cultural landmarks on Okinawa during this picturesque sightseeing excursion to Ryukyu Village and the Shikimaen Gardens.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 70-minute drive to Ryukyu Village. En route, travel through Naha City, its suburbs and countryside, and cross the Tomari and Naminoue bridges.


Ryukyu Village

Numerous old homes of various architectural styles have been collected from around the Ryukyu Islands and relocated to this theme park in order to preserve Okinawan culture. The buildings contain artefacts that help explain traditional customs and lifestyle. During your visit to Ryukyu Village, see varies aspects of the Ryukyu culture.


Shikinaen Gardens

Next, re-board your coach and proceed to the Shikinaen Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site established in 1799. Although the gardens are comprised of a Chinese-style layout, with aq pond and stone bridges, the villa with its red tile roof is uniquely Ryukyuan. Together, they create a rare example of traditional landscape gardening.


Following a visit to one of the buildings and a stroll in the lovely gardens, commence the approximately 40-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1,300 yards (over one kilometre), with a few steps to negotiate at the Ryukyu Village and some narrow pathways at Shikina-en Garden. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Japanese Yen is required for additional purchases. Shoes must be removed during interior visits to buildings. This tour is available on October 15, 2010 only. Space is limited.

Battle of Okinawa – A Remembrance

Explore the sites of one of the deadliest battles of World War II during this memorable, half-day excursion to Okinawa, its battlefield sites, and monuments.


Battle of Okinawa

Some of the deadliest fighting of World War II took place on Okinawa, the only place where a battle was fought on Japanese soil. U.S. troops landed here on April 1, 1945 and it took 82 nightmarish days for the island to be captured. Discover the major points of interest that memorialise the fighting on Okinawa during World War II.


Depart the pier for the approximately 30-minute drive to the former Japanese Navy's Underground Headquarters.


Former Japanese Navy's Underground Headquarters

The former underground headquarters of the Japanese Navy is located where Rear Admiral Ota and his men desperately fought to the end on June 13, 1945. Upon arrival, walk down the 101 steps into the narrow tunnels of the headquarters to see the commanding officer's room, staff room, generator rooms, and more. Along the way, gain a unique insight into the experiences of the Japanese soldiers and officers inside the headquarters.


Himeyuri Monument

Next, re-board your coach and drive to the Himeyuri Monument. This monument and small museum symbolises the severity of the Battle of Okinawa and is dedicated to over 200 female students and their teachers who died as volunteer nurses in the Himeyuri Corps. Visit the small museum to learn more of the lives of these civilians. While most of the displays are in Japanese, the message of the value of peace is evident.


Peace Memorial Park & Cornerstone of Peace

Your tour continues with a visit to Peace Memorial Park, which offers beautiful vistas overlooking the ocean and features several open-air memorials. From here, proceed for a visit to the Cornerstone of Peace. Located in the hills of Mabuni where the fiercest battles took place, the Cornerstone of Peace stands as a symbol of the tragic loss of life for both the Okinawan and Allied forces.


At the conclusion of your tour, commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately one mile (1.6 kilometres), and 101 steps to negotiate through narrow tunnels at the former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. This tour includes sensitive material and graphic displays of the atrocities of war. Most of the museum/memorial signage is written in Japanese. Japanese Yen is required for additional purchases. Space is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Okinawa History Exploration - Prefectual Museum & Shuri-jo Castle

Discover the rich cultural legacy of Okinawa during this scenic, half-day excursion to the Okinawa Museum, with a stop in Shuri-jo Castle.


Naha City

Depart the pier for the approximately 30-minute drive to Naha City and a visit to the Okinawa Prefectural Museum. En route, see priceless Okinawan antiquities, the Naminoue Bridge, the Prefectural Government Office, and other city sights.


Okinawa Prefectural Museum

Completed in late-2007, the stunning new Okinawa Prefectural Museum is dedicated to preserving the island's rich cultural legacy. Upon arrival, view some of the 85,000 artefacts in the museum's comprehensive collection, which dates back to the 12th century and includes the 'Omorosoushi', a priceless collection of songs and historical items from the Ryukyu Kingdom (1429-1879).


Shuri-jo Castle

The vermilion-coloured castle was the seat of power during the 500-year reign of the Ryukyuan Kingdom. Destroyed during World War II and rebuilt in 1992, the castle is surrounded by stone walls and beautiful gates leading to the Main Hall, or 'Seiden'. UNESCO world heritage registered site.

Following your 1.5-hour visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 700 yards (about 640 metres), with some steps to climb. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Most of the museum signage is written in Japanese. Japanese Yen is required for additional purchases. Space on this tour is limited.

Peace Memorial Park & Museum

Experience a moving testament to those who perished in the Battle of Okinawa during this memorable, half-day excursion to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, with a visit to a traditional glass factory.


Peace Memorial Park

Depart the pier for the approximately one-hour drive to Peace Memorial Park. En route, drive through Naha City and its suburbs before crossing the Naminoue Bridge to Mabuni, where the fiercest battles on the island took place during World War II. The Cornerstone of Peace was erected here as a symbol of the tragic loss of life for both the Okinawan and Allied forces. Peace Memorial Park offers beautiful vistas overlooking the ocean and features several open-air memorials.


Okinawa Prefecture Peace Memorial Museum

A stop is made at the Peace Memorial Museum. The museum is divided into four sections, and its exhibits feature descriptive panels, photographs, artefacts and personal testimony that chronicles the full range of Okinawa's human experience in the tragedy of war.


Next, re-board your coach for the drive to the Ryukyu Glass Factory.


Ryukyu Glass Factory

This unique facility produces glass and ceramics. During your visit, observe the traditional process by which artisans create glass and ceramic objects, and browse for souvenirs at the local shops.


Afterwards, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 350 yards (about 320 metres), with a few steps to negotiate at the museum and glass factory. Guests must be able to embark/disembark the coach via steps. This tour includes sensitive material and graphic displays of the atrocities of war. Photography is not permitted inside the Peace Memorial Museum. Japanese Yen is required for additional purchases. Space is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Shurijo Castle & Shikina-en Garden

Experience Okinawa's unique blend of past and present during this picturesque, half-day excursion to Naha City.


Shurijo Castle

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Naha City. The vermilion-coloured castle was the seat of power during the 500-year reign of the Ryukyuan Kingdom. Destroyed during World War II and rebuilt in 1992, the castle is surrounded by stone walls and beautiful gates leading to the Main Hall, or 'Seiden'.


Shikinaen Gardens

Next, re-board your coach and proceed to the Shikinaen Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site established in 1799. Although the gardens are comprised of a Chinese-style layout, with aq pond and stone bridges, the villa with its red tile roof is uniquely Ryukyuan. Together, they create a rare example of traditional landscape gardening.


Following a visit to one of the buildings and a stroll in the lovely gardens, commence the approximately 40-minute drive back to the pier.



Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately two miles (about 3.2 kilometres), with many steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate at the castle. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear comfortable clothing with sturdy and closed-toe walking shoes, which must be removed while visiting the Main Hall of Shurijo Castle. Japanese Yen is required for additional purchases.

Silver Shore Privato - Naha by Private Car with Driver & Guide - Half Day

Explore Naha at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 5 days prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Due to the limited availability of qualified English-speaking guides in this region, this service is in very limited supply and at a premium.

Silver Shore Privato - Naha by Private Car with Driver & Guide - Full Day

Explore Naha at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 5 days prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Due to the limited availability of qualified English-speaking guides in this region, this service is in very limited supply and at a premium.

Silver Shore Privato - Naha by Private Van with Driver & Guide - Half Day

Explore Naha at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 5 days prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to up to 3-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Due to the limited availability of qualified English-speaking guides in this region, this service is in very limited supply and at a premium.

Silver Shore Privato - Naha by Private Van with Driver & Guide - Full Day

Explore Naha at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 5 days prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to up to 3-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Due to the limited availability of qualified English-speaking guides in this region, this service is in very limited supply and at a premium.