Churaumi Aquarium is a popular tourist spot where you can see Whale sharks up close and personal.
At the Okinawa Prefectural Museum, you can appreciate the history of Okinawa before the Ryukyu kingdom and after the WWⅡ. There is also an art museum and it is easy to access from Naha airport. The Museum is a very fun place for kids and even adults when it rains!
- Phone number0989-41-8200
- AreaNaha Shuri
- ParkingVan：10lots Car：140lots
- TagMuseumArt museumNahaShintoshin
- Hours9:00～18:00（close at 20:00 on Friday and Saturday）
Okinawa Prefectural Museum is located at the center of Naha city Omoromachi. The museum shows the history and culture of Okinawa with replicas and videos which is showing different periods of time .The museum shows not only the general exhibition but also the sub exhibition periodically. There is also an art museum where you can enjoy the artworks and exhibitions of Okinawa artists related to Okinawa.
Minatogawa Man replica
There are 4 Minatogawa Man replicas in Japan. Two of them are at The Tokyo University and you can see the others at the museum storehouse. The replicas are very real and you can tell that they are very detailed. Also, there are Minatogawa man's bones that were discovered on display. You can observe bones that are over 20,000 years old. They were excavated at the Minatogawa fisher ruins. Okinawa is called the treasure house of fossils and most of the fossils that are 10,000 years old, were found in Okinawa.
Dousyou 銅鐘(Bronze Bell)
Dousyou was used at the Shurijo Castle during the Ryukyu Kingdom era. The bell is designated as a National Important Cultural Property and the museum exhibits a real bell not a replica. The one at the Shurijo is called "The Old Shurijo Seiden Bell replica". You can see the real bell only at the Museum. The Dousyou is very big and has a strong presence. You'll feel the historical atmosphere.
Before cremation becomes common, Huso(風葬) was more common. People exposed the dead body to the wind until it is eroded completely. The kings from Ryukyu Kingdom era ware also buried by Huso. People washed and cleansed the skeleton bones and put them inside the urn (called Ji-shiga-mi) and enshrined it in the grave. This way of burial is also common in Korea and China. It is one of the Okinawan cultural feature which was influenced by neighboring countries.
There are general exhibition and sub-exhibition on special fields and areas. Documents about Okinawan history and culture are exhibited at their general exhibition corner. Follow the guided sign to see the exhibitions along with the time period. It's recommended to get a must-see exhibition brochure at the reception desk. If you want to see in broad strokes, it will take 30 minutes. If you want to take your time to enjoy the exhibition, it will take about 1 hour.
There are some areas you can enjoy for free at the museum. Such as the Outdoor display, the Information center and the Touch and Experience room are free of charge. At the outdoor display area, raised-floor warehouses (called 高倉Takakura) for saving grains and and Okinawan houses are displayed. You can go inside the traditional red-roof tile Okinawan house. Also the kiln stove which was used during the 17th century is displayed at the outdoor display area. Nevertheless, you can enjoy watching the documents and videos about Okinawa and for searching collections from museum data-base at the Information center. At the Touch and Experience room, they have many activities for visitors which can learn about "Okinawan nature" and "Wisdom of our ancestors" by using kits. The kits are all linked to the subjects of the permanent exhibitions. This is a very popular area, especially among children!
Okinawa prefectural museum is the best place for both adults and kids! There is a cafe at the museum with some coffee and light meals.
Okinawa Prefectural Museum Information
|Name||Okinawa Prefectural Museum|
Postcode:900-0006 3-1-1 Omoromachi Naha-city, Okinawa
It takes about 30 minutes from Naha airport by a car
It takes 10 minutes from Omoromachi station by walking
From Naha airport, take bus No.99 to Omoromachi-san-chome bus stop. 5 minutes walk to the museum
9:00-18:00 (Closing at 20:00 on Friday and Saturday)
Monday(If Monday is holiday, it will be closed the following day as well.)
General（less than 20 people）
Group(more than 20 people)
※Visitors over 70/Visitors with disability are free
How to pay
Reservation is available
Group visitor(more than 20 people) must have reservation
Parking lots for 140 cars are available (There are 4 free handicapped parking)
You are not allowed to smoke
Available Wi-fi, locker room, aid station, breast-feeding room
A little advise from Churashima travel
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You can learn Okinawan history and culture. The museum is located in an accessible area and close to Naha airport. The touch and experience room is popular among children.
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