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Naha (那覇市 Naha-shi?), with a population of about 300,000 people, is the largest city in Okinawa Prefecture and also its capital. It is located in the southern part of the main island of Okinawa. With its plentiful shopping, dining, and entertainment options, it is a major hub of social activity for the Okinawa JET community.

A great deal of information about Naha can be found here on the Okinawa JET website:

http://okinawajet.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=157&Itemid=31

Transportation[]

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Naha is home to Naha Airport (那覇空港 Naha Kūkō?) (OKA), Okinawa's main commercial airport. The domestic terminal, served by ANA, JAL, JTA, Skymark Airlines, and Ryukyu Air Commuter, offers daily flights to Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita, Osaka-Itami, Osaka-Kansai, Kobe, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Sendai, Fukushima, Komatsu, Okayama, Hiroshima, Matsuyama, Kochi, Kitakyushu, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, Amami, Ishigaki, Miyako, Kume-jima, Yoron, Minami-Daito, Kita-Daito, Aguni, and Yonaguni airports. The international terminal, served by China Airlines, Asiana Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, and Phillipine Airlines, offers daily flights to Taipei, with additional service two or three times a week to Seoul, Shanghai, and Manila.


By boat[]

Tomari Port (泊ふ頭 ????) connects Naha to many of Okinawa's outer islands, including Aguni-jima, Ie-jima, Kume-jima, Minami-Daito, Kita-Daito, and the Kerama islands (Tokashiki-jima, Zamami-jima, and Aka-jima). Naha Port (那覇ふ頭 ????) provides access to Kagoshima, with stops at Motobu, Yoron, and several of the Amami islands. Shinkō Port (新港ふ頭 ????) offers service to various ports on the mainland, including Kobe, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Kagoshima, as well as to Ishigaki, Miyako, and Taiwan.


By bus[]

Numerous bus lines connect Naha with the rest of the island. The Naha Central Bus Terminal (near the intersection of routes 58 and 329, next to Asahibashi monorail station) is the hub for bus transportation.


By car[]

From points north, Naha is accessible by route 58 or from the Naha interchange of the expressway. From points south or east, Naha can be reached by route 331 or route 329.


Getting around[]

Naha is perhaps the only place in Okinawa where you can get by without a car. The Yui Rail monorail system, which runs from the airport to Shuri, provides convenient access to many parts of the city. There are also a number of bus routes that run through Naha. However, while a car is not necessary for transportation within the city, the lack of trains and the cost (both in time and money) of using the bus system make cars preferrable for transport to other parts of the island.


Working[]

JET placements[]

There are currently 18 JETs who work in Naha, although several others who work in nearby towns also choose to live there. There are 13 ALTs, all of whom are employed by the prefecture and work at senior high schools. There are also 6 CIRs, all of whom work at the prefectural office. Of these, 3 are English-speaking, 1 is Chinese-speaking, 1 is Korean-speaking, and 1 is Spanish-speaking.


Incoming/Outgoing JETs[]

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Sightseeing[]

Places to visit[]

Shuri Castle (首里城 Shurijo?) was home to the royalty during the days of the Ryukyu kingdom, before Okinawa was annexed by Japan. The original buildings were destroyed in World War II, but the reconstruction (opened in 1992) is well worth a visit.

Festivals[]

The Naha Festival, held every year in October, includes a massive tug-of-war with the world's largest hand-made rope. Everyone is welcome to participate, but be sure to wear sturdy shoes to protect your feet from the inevitable trampling!

Shopping[]

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Eating[]

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Drinking[]

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Living[]

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