Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Our Adventure Today- Exploring Naha

Today we headed south to Naha, about a 25-35 minute drive depending on traffic. Naha is the capital and largest city in Okinawa, about 300,000 people. The kids wanted to go on the monorail, so I picked a station and parked. It took a little figuring out, but I finally figured out how to buy our tickets. We rode the monorail 2 stops then hopped off at Kokusai Dori, the main street in Naha. We walked around for an hour, looking at all the different vendors and trying to find the hidden gem, Makishi Public Market. We were hot, so we stopped and had lunch, their pick of course, McDonalds. After we ate and cooled off a bit, we decided not to give up on our search for the market. You could easily get lost going down all the side streets and alleys. Finally, we found the market. We saw so many amazing things. It was smelly but the kids loved the experience! After checking out the market we walked back to the monorail. We rode the monorail to the very end, the airport then rode back to our car. It was about a 45 minute trip but it was great. We got to see the whole city of Naha, pretty cool. The kids loved the monorail, of course. We had another great day of exploring.