I picked up my bag from the hostel and took the monorail to Naha Airport. In this regard, the monorail really was one of the most convenient transport systems I have used getting to and from an airport. The ride to downtown was short and the fare was inexpensive.
Gyokusendo Cave at 5km long is the second longest cave in Japan. About 850 metres of it is opened to the public with walkways inside. It was eerie inside especially since they played eerie music. The rush of water from the rain dribbled along under the metal bridge walkways.
At Ocean Expo Park there were free exhibitions outdoors in front of the aquarium including giant sea turtles, manatees and a dolphin show. The dolphin show was energetic and entertaining and we got to see Oki-chan, the dolphin who is the face of the aquarium. While watching the show, you can see the vast ocean behind the tank which made you feel more connected to the sea.
Our first stop of the day was to Cape Manzamo 万座毛 which was an hour drive north of Naha. The scenery was gorgeous and the ocean glistened under the glowing sun. The famous sight here was the elephant-shaped rock. There is also a diving spot called Toilet Bowl but I’m not sure how it got its name.
As one of the major cities in Japan, Osaka offers tourists many options. In a previous post on a one day itinerary in Osaka, I shared some budget-friendly attractions in the city. In this post, I will share three more free or affordable food adventures in Osaka.
Our last landmark of the day was to the one legged torii which is a part of Sanno Shrine (山王神社). We saw it on our first night but not clearly so we decided to go back. The torii gate of Sanno Shrine was half destroyed by the atomic bomb one kilometer away.
We booked a tour for Gunkanjima (Battleship Island) online a few weeks before our Nagasaki trip. Make sure to do so because spots fill up quickly! Its official name is Hashima Island but it is well known as Gunkanjima for its appearance.