Naha city is the capital of Okinawa, Japan's most southern prefecture. As of December 2012, the city has a population of 321,470 and a population density of 8,245 persons per km2. The total area of Naha is 39 km2 (15 ml2). Naha is located on the East China Sea coast of Okinawa Island's southern part, the biggest of Okinawa Prefecture. The modern Naha city was officially established on May 20, 1921. Before, it had been for centuries one of the major and most populous sites in Okinawa.
Naha is the economic, education and political center of Okinawa Prefecture. In medieval and early modern times, it was the commercial center of Ryukyu Kingdom. The rebuilt Shuri Castle, former royal palace of the Kingdom, is one of the finest Okinawan castles (gusuku) and among the most important historical places in Naha. The palace, along with a series of tunnels underneath, served as a command post by Imperial Japanese military during WWII. The castle was subsequently destroyed in 1945 by the US Army, Navy and Marines. After the war, the University of Ryukyus was built on the site. Today the Castle has been reconstructed, including its main gate, the famous Shureimon, and is registered, along with other gusuku and Okinawan sacred sites, as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lake Man is another tourist attraction, covered with beautiful mangrove woods. It is located on the boundary of Tomigusuku city and is listed on Ramsar list of wetlands. Ramsar Convention (also known as Convention on Wetlands) is an international treaty for conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. It is named after Ramsar city in Iran, where the Convention on Wetlands was signed in 1971.
An interesting fact is that Naha-te, or Naha-hand/Nawate, is a type of martial art that was developed in Naha. Successor styles to Naha-te are Gōjū-ryū, Ryūei-ryū, Tōon-ryū and Uechi-ryū.
A couple of designated yakuza groups are based in Naha: Kyokuryu-kai and Okinawa Kyokuryu-kai. Okinawa Kyokuryu-kai is the biggest yakuza group in Okinawa Prefecture.
Highlights: Okinawa Island, Shurei Gate, Sogen-ji Ishimon Gates, Okinawa Memorial Park
The Naha cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Naha, Okinawa Island, Japan.
If you lose the Naha location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Naha cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Naha, Okinawa Island, Japan. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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