Naha is a port city and capital of Okinawa - Japan's most southern prefecture. The city has population around 320,000 (metro over 1,18 million) and covers a total area of approx 39 km2 (15 ml2). The port is on East China Sea, located on Okinawa Island's southern coast.
The city was officially established in May 1921. It is Okinawa Prefecture's economic, education and political center. The rebuilt Shuri Castle (former royal palace of Ryukyu Kingdom) is one of the finest Okinawan castles and among Naha's most important historical sites. The palace with its series of underground tunnels served as a command post for the Japanese military during WW2 (1939-1945). The castle was destroyed at the end of the war (in 1945) by the US forces. Today, Shuri Castle is reconstructed and registered as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The covered with beautiful mangrove woods Lake Man is another tourist attraction. The lake is located on the boundary of Tomigusuku city and is Ramsar-listed. Ramsar Convention (aka 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 (aka Nawate) is a type of martial art that developed here.
By 2021, Okinawa government targets around 2 million foreign cruisers. Statistics for 2016 showed that Japan received a total of 2017 cruise ship calls, of which Okinawa got the biggest share (388). In 2017, Port Naha handled 515 ship calls. On Okinawa Island there are 4 other ports that plan to become cruise port destinations.
Naha cruise terminal
Naha cruise port terminal address is "Tondocho 2-1 Naha, Okinawa, 900-0035 Japan". The facility is managed by Naha Port Authority.
Cruise ships in Naha dock at Berth 8. The nearest to the cruise port international airport is located approx 4 km (2,5 ml) west of downtown (city hall), or 10-min car drive distance. The nearest to the cruise terminal train station (Kencho-mae) is at 15-min walking distance.
On August 29, 2018, Naha Port Authority announced a public tender for building a second cruise ship berth via public-private project and all major cruise companies were invited to participate. The target is Naha to become a homeport destination, also serving flycruise programs. The second berth could be operational by 2022. Among the companies that submitted proposals for the project were RCCL (Royal Caribbean), Carnival Corporation, MSC and GHK (Genting).
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