Japan Cruise – Mar-Apr 2023 – Naha, Okinawa

We took a 2 week cruise on Holland America’s MS Westerdam ship starting from Yokohama and stopping at Naha and Ishigaki in Okinawa, Hualien and Keelung in Taiwan and Kagoshima, Aburatsu, Kochi, Osaka and Shimizu in Japan before returning to Yokohama.

Naha, Okinawa.

After a pleasant 2-day sail from Yokohama we arrived into Naha in Okinawa.

We took a taxi into the city and firstly explored the Makishi market which was full of small shops and restaurants. The seafood and meat sections of the closed market place was most fascinating with an incredible variety of seafood to buy and various cuts of meat. There were even pigs faces you could buy!!

Down a small alleyway we found a very interesting small bar selling grilled food and cheap beer. It was very popular and many locals were here for their morning snack. I was tempted to join them!

We stopped at one small food stall where they were preparing charred wagyu beef sushi. This was delicious and the beef just melted in your mouth.

We then headed down the main street and checked out more shops and had some lunch in a restaurant serving traditional Okinawa food.

Everywhere we noticed a rather curious interest or like for SPAM and they had T-shirts, bags and even shoes printed with the SPAM logo.

From the main street we then had a short walk to visit the Former Chongyuan Temple Stone Gate 旧崇元寺石門 (重要文化財). Inside there was an incredible old tree with many roots and large spreading branches.

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