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Okinawa City

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Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. It is located in the central part of the island of Okinawa, about 20km north of Naha.As of December 2012, the city has an estimated population of 138,431 and a population density of 2,625.12 persons per km². The total area is 49.00 km².HistoryUnder the Ryukyu Kingdom the present-day area of Okinawa City was occupied by two magiri, a type of administrative district. The Goeku magiri occupied the south of the city, and the north of the city was part of the Misato magiri.In 1908, Okinawa Prefecture ended the magiri system and established the villages of Goeku and Misato. Both villages were agricultural and lacked urbanized areas prior to World War II.After the Battle of Okinawa the United States established the first refugee camp in Okinawa in the area south of present-day Kadena Air Base. The population of the former villages swelled rapidly. An area of Goeku, called Goya (ごや), was mispronounced by Americans as Koza (コザ). During the occupation of Okinawa, the U.S. military government established the city of Koza in Goeku. Koza was the first city to use the katakana syllabary for its name. Misato merged into a neighboring community, and in 1946, again became separate, as did Goeku. Both municipalities, which were formerly largely agricultural, became heavily urbanized as a result of the construction of refugee camps and the establishment of large-scale military bases. The area became a "base city" catering to United States military personnel. On June 13, 1956, Goeku changed its name to the village of Koza; on July 1 of the same year it became a city.
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Southeast Botanical Gardens ©
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Kaboten no Mise Nakasone
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Kaboten no Mise Nakasone
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Okinawa Zoo & Museum ©
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium Motobu-cho
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Hidden gems in Okinawa City

Awase Shrine
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Awase Shrine
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Duration: 30 minutes
Okinawa City Music Museum Ongakumura
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Okinawa City Music Museum Ongakumura
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Shugetsudo
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Museums in Okinawa City

Okinawa Post-War Cultural Material Museum Histreet
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Okinawa Post-War Cultural Material Museum Histreet
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Duration: 1 hour
Okinawa City Local Museum
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Okinawa City Local Museum
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Arcade
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Shopping in Okinawa City

Chubunouren Market
Flea Market
Chubunouren Market
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Duration: 1 hour
Central Park Avenue
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Central Park Avenue
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Nature in Okinawa City

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Hija River
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Duration: 1 hour

Where to stay in Okinawa City

If you choose to stay in Okinawa proper, you'll find a good selection of guesthouses and simple hotels, most offering rooms at affordable rates placed around the city center. Many visitors opt to stay along the coast, where a far greater selection of tourist-focused hotels has sprung up in recent years. Mega resorts offer beachfront accommodations, with serviced apartments and luxury hotel rooms providing superb sea views and access to fine-dining restaurants and onsite spas.
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