Naminoue-gu © Iry


It is one of the Yasaka shrines and the leading shrine of Okinawa Prefecture. The shrine sits atop a high bluff overlooking the sea and is dedicated to nirai kanai, the source of all life, and to the sea.  At the beginning of each year, the King visited the shrine and formally prayed on behalf of the entire nation for a good harvest and good fishing, and for the peace and prosperity of the nation. The shrine is believed to have been founded around the 14th century. The stone floor stretches between the first and second Torii Gates. Inside, you can find the beautiful contrast of red vermillion and white walls. On both sides of the Haiden (main shrine), you can see shisa statues (Okinawan lion guardians). On the right side, there is a road that leads to the sea and from where you can get a view of the shrine over the water.
The shrine is full of pilgrims during the New Year, Omiya-mairi (pilgrimage on the occasion of a child’s birthday) etc.


20 minutes from Asahibashi Station on Okinawa Monorail. Alternatively, from Kenchomae bus stop take Bus 1, 2, 5, or 45 and then walk 5 minutes from Nishinjo bus stop to the shrine. 6 km (10 minutes) from Naha Airport on Road 58.


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Description: Naminoue-gu

Sights Naminoue-gu (波上宮)
Address 1-25-11 Wakasa, Naha-shi, Okinawa
Phone / Fax Phone: 098-868-3697
Duration 90Minutes
Closed dates Specific dates
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

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