Route21

 Southern area

 

A number of battle sites, war memorial monuments and various historic sites that reflect the rich Ryukyuan history are located in southern Okinawa. Southern Okinawa is characterized by the typical landscape of fields of sugarcane stretching for miles. This area offers many golf courses and beautiful beaches with shower and toilet facilities. Numerous cafés with spectacular views have recently been opened up along the coast, and the area has become popular as an ideal place for a leisurely drive. Southern Okinawa is dotted with sacred sites and spiritual places remembered historically as places of worship during the Ryukyu Kingdom era, which covers such places as Seifa Utaki, the Tamagusuku Castle ruins and the Chinen Castle ruins. Seifa Utaki, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is believed to have been the supreme sacred place in the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom.