Just when I think we’ve exhausted every Battle of Okinawa site on this island, another one comes out of the woodwork! CNN Travel wrote an article about its “Top Okinawa Tourist Sites” which included a Japanese Army Observation Post on hill 161.8 (named so because it’s 161.8 meters above sea level) located in the town of Nakagusuku. It had 360 degree views from the top and was somewhat of a challenge to access due to its steep ascent which was paved in jagged, sharp rocks.
Just a 30 minute ferry ride off of the coast of Okinawa is Iejima (the military refers to it as Ie Shima.) For an idea of just how small this island is, Okinawa is considered a very tiny island off of Japan yet Ie Shima is considered a very tiny island off of Okinawa... Needless to say, this 5 mile wide speck of land was incredibly easy to explore every inch of within one day.
It’s not every day that you come across a cave. That is, of course, unless you live in Okinawa which is home to literally hundreds (if not thousands) of these cavernous holes in the earth.
UGH I know I may complain about the weather a ton (the weather here is garbage 90% of the time) but it was absurdly cold these past two weeks in Okinawa and I barely survived. Granted, “cold” has meant temps in the mid to low 50s, however when you’re used to oppressive heat and humidity this sudden chill meant ya girl could only brave the outdoors if bundled up in a puffy coat, fuzzy socks, fleece lined leggings, and a hat. That may sound like over kill, but I swear my blood has thinned out (that’s a thing, right?) since we moved here!
Ben and I, like most adventures we get ourselves into, happened to randomly stumble upon Sueyoshi Park while we were aimlessly driving around Naha. Our initial plan in the city was to visit the only international cemetery in Okinawa (a cool site in and of it's self) but it took us just a few minutes to wander the cemetery grounds before we realized that we were 30 minutes down South without any other plans.
We're Kara, Ben and baby Zoe also known as the Lesniaks. We’re a Marine Corps family currently stationed in Yorktown, Virginia after a three year tour in Okinawa, Japan. Enjoy our adventures, travels, photos, thoughts, and life together!
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