Travelers dashing across the bridges to five scenic islands off of Katsuren Peninsula are bypassing an obscure scenic overlook with views rivaling Cape Manza and the Kerama Islands. New road signs now guide visitors to the Yakena Straits Observatory just south of the bridge to Henza Island on Route 37 in Okinawa. The observatory itself is but a humble collection of viewing areas from the shoreline to a hilltop, but the view of the surrounding maritime beauty is priceless. Park carefully along the street next to the observatory. The site is free of charge and is open year round and around the clock.
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