Naminoue Shrine is a Shinto shrine in Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture. It is located on a high cliff overlooking Naminoue Beach and the ocean. Any boat that enters and exits the trading base of Naha Port looks to the shrine on top of the high cliff and prays for a safe journey, the shrine has always been revered and people pray for a rich fish catch and a rich harvest as well.
Each new year the king himself visited the shrine on behalf of his people to pray for the peace and prosperity of the nation. The Naminoue Shrine is admired as the "" main shrine of the kingdom "". It was classified as a Kanpei-shousha (Shrine of National Significance) and Okinawa Sochinju (Shrine that protects all of Okinawa) in the Meiji era, but it was destroyed during the war.
After the war, the shrine office (Shamusho) and the main shrine (Honden) were rebuilt in 1953. The church (Haiden) followed a little later and was rebuilt in 1961. In 2006 the Naminoque Shrine was declared a Historic Heritage Site of the City of Naha.
From Naha Airport, it's a 10 minute monorail ride to Asahibashi Station, followed by a 15 minute walk.
A direct taxi ride from the airport takes about 10 minutes (~1200 yen).
Monorail passengers could alight at Kencho-mae station, and catch a bus (2, 5, 15, 45) from Paletter-kumoji-mae to Nishinjo stop, leaving a 3 minute walk to the shrine.
I stayed at the Hotel Grantia Naha, being part of the group Route Inn Hotels, a modern hotel not far from Naha port. It is about a 12-minute walk to Asahibashi Monorail Station and a 30-minute walk to Kokusai-dori, the city’s main street. There you can find lots of stores, restaurants and bars and also the Heiwa-dori Shopping Arcade. Very interesting as well is Makishi Public Market where you can find all the ingredients of the Okinawa cuisine like subtropical seafood, local pork and island vegetables.
Shuri Castle was built in the 14th century and was the palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It was neglected for almost 400 years and suffered great damage during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. After the war, the castle was used as a university campus, but from 1992 it was rebuilt through extensive reconstructions based on historical records and photographs. The castle served as the administrative center for several centuries until Okinawa became a Japanese prefecture in 1879. The castle is listed as one of the Ryukyu Kingdom's castles declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The main buildings of Shuri Castle were destroyed by fire on the night of October 31, 2019. There are plans to rebuild the castle by 2026. In the meantime, tourists are encouraged to visit the castle and watch the reconstruction work.