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Naminoue-gu Shrine, Naha

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See the impressive setting and learn about the rich history of Naminoue-gu Shrine, a place of worship set high on a bluff overlooking the ocean and a beach. Legend has it a fisherman founded the shrine here to mark the spot where he caught a glowing stone that improved his hauls. Given its dramatic coastal position, the Shinto shrine's dedication to the sea and nirai kanai, the source of life, makes sense, as does its historical connection with fishermen and sailors, with maritime workers coming here to ask for protection and safe passage. Dating back to at least the 14th century, the shrine was destroyed during the battle of Okinawa in 1945, and has been rebuilt and added to during the post-war era. Plan to visit Naminoue-gu Shrine and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Naha attractions using our Naha holiday planner.
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Where to stay in Naha

Naha offers abundant accommodation options for tourists, particularly hotels with mid-range prices. A few international five-star resort chains have local branches, and youth hostels provide an option if you're looking for bare-bones, budget-friendly lodgings. Staying in one of the hotels around Kokusai Street puts you right in the middle of the action, with easy access to Naha's attractions and nightlife.
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  • This is a beautiful little temple. The outside is very pretty, very nice for pictures. And there is a small cave that you can go into for free, which is fun to see and visit. I've gone here a couple o...  more »
  • I found this shrine when visiting a local beach at Naminoue. The beach itself wasn't much to see, but had a few areas that allowed a good picture (without the monrail bridge) but when you explored in ...  more »
  • I enjoyed my visit to Naminoue-gu Shrine. It is a beautiful place and friendly toward tourists. There are English instructions on how to purify yourself with the water upon entering and how to pray. T...  more »