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Ryukyu mura
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  • Currency exchange available
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Ryukyu-mura has Registered Tangible Cultural Properties because the houses have stood the tests of time and survived. They still resemble traditional Okinawan style houses of the old days. In fact the whole village still has the atmosphere of the earlier days of Okinawa.

One of the most visited tourist destination in Okinawa is the Ryukyu mura. It's a very popular spot among tourists where you can enjoy the atmosphere as if your were in Okinawa during the early 1800s. There are free parking lots available. The historical Okinawan houses were relocated to the village and the oldest houses were built in 1808 such as the Nakasone house, Kokuba house, Tamanaha house, Hanashiro house and, the Shimabukuro house. The whole atmosphere will change once you pass through the attraction site and you'll feel as you traveled back in time! The biggest Attraction here is the buffalo pulling the gear to squeeze the sugarcane.

Must-see sights

  • The Kijimuna house

    The Kijimuna house

    Kijimuna is a spirit with a old folks told by the Okinawan people. They live in the banyan tree and look like 4-5 year old children with red hair. Kijimuna is also considered to be a guardian god. If you are lucky, you may be able to see them. It is said that they are mystical but there are so many witnesses who all have claimed to have seen them.

  • beautiful Ryukyu glass

    Ryukyu Glass Craft making

    Ryukyu Glass is an art glass. It is said that you can't make the same glass sculpture again. The glass you make is the only glass that will ever look like it in the world. What bubbles and colors you pick for your glass is completely up to you. They are very colorful and very popular among Okinawan people. The glass sculptures are usually used for drinking Sake.

  • Shisa Craft making

    Shisa Craft making

    Shisa is a guardian god ideology that was brought from China many years ago. There are boy Shisas and girl Shisas. The one opening its mouth is the boy and the one closing its mouth is a girl. The boy Shisa catches the demon(called Majimun in Okinawan language) and protects people from disaster. The girl Shisa catches the luck and holds it in her mouth and never lets go.

How to enjoy Ryukyu village

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Ryukyu mura is located at Onna village the northern part of Okinawa and is a popular tourist spot. It is about 50 minutes from Naha airport by car and the place is easy to find. Ryukyu mura is a place where you can enjoy the atmosphere of Okinawa in the 1800s. Since you are visiting Okinawa, this is a place you can't miss.

You can enjoy the old Okinawan houses, glass craft, watching and, dynamic Eisa play. The Okinawan red tile roof is one of the highlights. You will hear the sound of Okinawan instruments (Sanshin and Taiko) anywhere inside the park. The sound and scenery will make you feel like you traveled back in time. The village is separated into the free area and the charged area. It's highly recommended to stop by at the sugar gear area. In Okinawa, there were many sugarcane factories in early Showa era(1929~1941). The buffalos pulled the gear to squeeze the sugar and boiled it to make brown sugar. In 1623, the first brown sugar was made from sugarcane. If you are lucky you'll be able to see the buffalo pulling the gear.

At the making and experience section, you can make shisas and try on Ryusou costumes. They are very popular events! Ryusou costumes are special clothes during weddings, mostly bride wear. You can take pictures wearing the beautiful clothes! For shisa making, not only kids but also adults can enjoy making their own Shisa. Each Shisa is different and you can make your own unique shisa! The shisa will be your own guardian god! Ryukyu mura has a large selection of souvenirs. You can enjoy shopping for a special souvenir!

Pictures

  • Ryukyu mura
  • Chanpuru plaza
  • Entrance of Ryukyu mura
  • currency exchange machine
  • Ryukyu mura
  • water buffalo
  • Shisa
  • an old scenery
  • Ryukyu glass
  • experience corner
  • House of Kijimuna
  • beautiful Ryukyu glass
  • Shisa making experience
  • an old private house
  • Sugar mill
  • Registered tangible property (Old Oshiro house)
  • Popo(A shop at the village)
  • an Old Hanashiro house
  • Mother and child Banyan trees
  • banyan tree
  • scenery of ryukyu mura
  • the storehouse of tug-of-war
  • an Old Nakasone house
  • beutiful shell
  • charged area entrance
  • Charged area entrance
  • Shisa making at the experience corner
  • Ryuso experience corner
  • experience corner

Ryukyu mura Information

Name Ryukyu mura
Tel/Fax:

TEL:0989-65-1234

TEL:0989-64-3411

Address:

Postcode: 904-0416 1130 Yamada Onna village Okinawa

Access

It takes anout 50 minutes from Naha airport by a car (31miles)

It takes 80 minutes from Naha bus terminal to Ryukyu mura mae bus stop by bus

Hours

May vary season to season

Free area
July-September :8:30-17:30
October-June :9:00-18:00

Charged area
July-September :8:30-17:30
October-June :9:00-18:00

※July-September:The last entry:17:30
October-June:The last entry:17:00

Closed

Open year around

Entrance fee

Entrance fee

General
Adult :1,200yen
Kids :600yen
kids under 6 : Free

Experience plan
making Awamori rabel:1,000yen
Kneading Shisa :2,000yen
Ryuso costume:4,000yen
※There are more experience plans at the village

How to pay

Budget

2,000yen-5,000yen

Optional fee


Credit card

VISA、Master、JCB、AMEX、Diners Club INTERNATIONAL

Currency

JPY

There is a currency exchange machine at the entrance of Ryukyu village.
Available Currency: American dollar, Euro, GBP, AUP, Chinese yuen, Taiwan dollar , Korean won, HongKong Dollar
※Exchanging yen to other currency is Not available

Reservation

Reservation is available

Reservation is only available for a school trip

Facilities

Parking

parking lots (free)

Information

Time

For only visiting the free area, about 40 minutes
For visiting free area and charged area, about 100 minutes

Smorking

You are not allowed to smoke in non-smorking area
There are several smorking area inside the village

Brochure
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A little advise from Churashima travel

A brief comment

Ryukyu mura is a popular tourist destination where you can experience making your own Shisa and Ryukyu glass. The village is modeled after the old days of Okinawa. You can enjoy the special atmosphere!

Important notice

It will be crowded during the Summer vacation time. (July-September)

What to bring

Towel

Water

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