Churaumi Aquarium is a popular tourist spot where you can see Whale sharks up close and personal.
Okinawa Gokoku shrine deifies the dead of the Okinawan war. The place is also known as a spiritual spot. It is very accessible from Naha airport and free parking is available.
- Phone number0988-57-2798
- ParkingBus：7 parking lots Car：408 parking lots
- TagShrineSpiritual spotVisit shrine OunoyamaNaha
- HoursOpen year around
Okinawa Gokoku shrine is located at Onoyama park Naha-city. The shrine is a very popular place of worship. Many people visit the shrine on New Year's day to pray for a year of safety and luck.
The shrine is known as a very spiritual apot. People visit here to pray for Good fortune, success in business and matchmaking. The shrine is famous for its matchmaking power.. You may even find your partner after visiting the shrine! The shrine is a good place to relax and de-stress.
Some people have left confirmed that they prospered in business or found a partner. Not just locals but also many tourists from overseas visit the shrine. There are lucky charms and house hold shinto altars sold at the shrine.
If you have trouble or worry about something, please come stop by the shrine. Something may change in a good way after your visit.
Disabled veterans spouse monument
Disabled veterans spouse monument is a stone monument stands at the entrance of the shrine. Thousands of Okinawan people lost their lives during WWⅡ. In 1954, Disabled Okinawan veterans society was established by those who were injured and have experienced the war.
In 2011, The monument was built as the symbol promoting permanent world peace. The statue is of a man who lost his leg, depicting the horrors of war.
The peace monument
The peace monument was built in 1995 by the Disabled Okinawan veterans society for the 50th commemoration of the end of the Pacific war. The momument was built to represent peace and to respect the spirits of dead. You can feel how people strongly wished for peace from the letters on the monument saying "慰霊顕彰(honor and remember the spirits)","恒久平和(the permanent world peace)" and "共存友好(coexistance and friendship)".
The Emperor and Empress monument
This monument was built as commemorated their 50th wedding anniversary. The Emperor and Empress have visited the shrine many times and have special thoughts. The Ryuka(Okinawan fixed form poetry) is written on the stone monument.
The history of Gokoku shrine
Okinawa Gokoku shrine was built to deify the spirits of the victims after the Shino-japanese War and Russo-Japanese War. In 1940,the shrine was designated by the Minister of Home Affairs and changed the name to Okinawa Gokoku shrine.
The shrine was burned during WWⅡ and only some parts remained. After the War, In 1959, the new shrine was built. They moved the spirits of the dead who were killed in the war in Okinawa to Okinawa Gokoku shrine. A big ceremony was held.
In 1965, The main hall and worship place were built. This year the ceremony 遷座祭(Senzasai) during which the Emperor and Empress attended was held. 遷座祭(Senzasai) is a ceremony that moves spirits from their temporary shrine to a new shrine.
In 2010, the Shrine office was built as part of the 75th ceremony of the shrine. At the Shrine’s office, there is a waiting room, meeting room, and Tatami mat room. The office is built as impediment removal. In 2012, the shrine received a prize for "Making a good city for handicapped individuals". The next year the Disabled veterans spouse monument was built.
At the shrine, you can get Omikuji(fortune) and lucky charms. For 手水舎Chozuya (place for ritual cleansing of hands and mouth with water when visiting shrines), there are 2 sloped paths for handicapped visitors. You can get a purification charm for your car to pray for safe driving.
Okinawa Gokoku shrine is a good spot where you can learn a lot about the Okinawan war. The shrine welcomes visitors with disabilities. It is also one of the most popular spiritual spots in Okinawa, you will get a good fortune if you come pray here. If you are close, come stop by!
Okinawa Gokoku Shrine Information
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Postcode:900-0026 44 Ounoyama town Naha-city Okinawa
It takes about 10 minutes from Naha airport by car
It takes about 10 minutes from Naha airport by car
It takes about 7 minutes from Ounoyama station by walking
It takes about 8 minutes from Gunsanbashi-mae bus stop by walking
Praying hour : 9:00-16:30
Open year around
Visiting is free
Fortune : 100 yen
Household Shinto altar: 500yen-
How to pay
Credit card is not available
Reservation is available
Bus : 3 parking lots Handicapped parking lots : 5 Cars : 236 parking lots (1st Parking : Torii side)
You are not allowed to smoke in non-smorking area
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Crowded season/Hours : New Year's day Dec.31-Jan.3
Wifi is not Available
The shrine welcomes visitors with disability
A little advise from Churashima travel
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You can get lucky charms as your souvenirs! The shrine is known for being a spiritual spot.
It will be crowded during the weekends. It's recommended to visit on weekdays!
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