The Characteristics of Naha City
The great number of historic sites and cultures that originated from the Ryukyu Kingdom is remained in Naha City.Four cultural and historicsites out of nine WorldHeritage Sites registeredas”Gusuku Sites and Related Properties oftheKingdomofRyukyu”in 2000 are in Naha City along with the World-Heritage-Site-related historical structures, places ofworship, mausoleums, ethnic cultures and traditional practices.
On the other hand, the Kokusai-dori Street which runs through the center of the city is not only the symbol of the reconstruction of thepost-WorldWar II butalso the pivot of thecitizens’culture of everyday life. Kokusai-dori Street now is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Okinawa Prefecture.
Many participation types of events such as Eisa Dance Festival, the Ancient Ryukyu Dynasty Procession,and Sports Festival are held onthe Kokusai-dori Street, and the traditionalfestivals includingtheThree Major Festivalsin NahaCity, namely, NahaHaarii (an event to pray for good catch), Naha Great Tag-of War, and Shurijo Castle Festival are held as well in thecity. The traditional ceremonies which offer experiencing the ancient Okinawa, the participation types of events,and the festivals in which the citizens play the main roles are thus held emphatically in Naha City.
Although Naha City is located in the urban area the tourists can enjoy sightseeing which focused mainly on the experiencing thenature. There are, for example, surrounding small islands such as Kerama Islands which are easily accessible from Tomari Port along with the Naminoue Beachwhere the tourists canenjoy swimming and diving, and Manko Wetland which is designated of international importance under the Ramsar Convention as a precious environment which has become a noted home to the wild birds such as waterfowls.
Besides those human resources and natural resources, there exist plenty of resources of everyday culture such as the urban environment which hasbeen developed whilesymbiotically grew togetherwithculture, tradition, and the nature of Okinawa nurtured by its own history and cultural climate in Naha City. There also exist traditional arts andcrafts and and livelihood distinctive of Naha, and theMachiguwaa (market) culture of the citizens who have been making living there. So, Mensooree (please) come) to Naha City!
The Location of Naha City
Okinawa Prefecture is a row of islands shaped in an arc which lies over a vast area of ocean situated at North Latitude 24- 28 Degrees and East Longitude 122-133 degrees. It consists of 160 islands including 49 inhabited islands. It is warm and extremely humid due to subtropical climate.It is located on the path of typhoons and its yearly fine weather rate is characteristically low.
Naha City is located in the west coast of the southern area of the mainland Okinawa which is the largest island in Okinawa Prefecture. Since the major cities of both in Japan and abroad such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing, and Manilla lie in the circumferential area of 1,500 km from the island, it has developed as a trade hub and has connected each Southeast Asian Countries as the pivotal point of transportation and communication. At present, Naha City is the largest city with a population of about 320,000 and is . the center of politics, economics, and culture of Okinawa Prefecture Due to the urbanization, the surrounding districts of Naha City are becoming satellite towns;. however, the population of the city has been slightly increasing every year The total area of Naha City is 39.27km², and a population density is 8,051 persons per km² (National Population Census Confirmed Report Level, as of 2010) which is the fourth highest among the prefectural capitols following the Tokyo Twenty-Three Districts, Osaka City, and Yokohama City. As a result, Naha City has been transferred to be the forty-second core-city in Japan since April 1, 2013.
The west side of Naha City is facing the East China Sea and the south, north, and east sides of the city are adjacent to othercities, towns, and villages. The central part of the city center is the flatland surrounded by a slightly elevated hills. In terms of transportation access, Naha City is”the Gateway ofOkinawa”since it has Naha Airport as an air route and Naha Port, Naha New Port, and Tomari Port as a sea route.It is also an important relay station to the outer islands. In rece nt years Naha City isdrawing considerableattention from bothJapan and abroad asa commercial trading base for adjoining Asiancountries because the international cargo base (the hub of Okinawa Prefecture) has been built in Naha Airport.
The Temperature and Clothing in Naha City
Spring (March - May
[March] The average temperature is 18.7 ° C.
It becomes warmer day by day and various kinds of flowers start to bloom.The beaches start to open from late in March.
Clothing: long-sleeved shirts, sweat shirts
[April] The average temperature is 21.4 ° C.
It's early summer in Okinawa, the best season which called "Urizun" in local language.
Clothing: short-sleeved shirts, jeans
[May] The average temperature is 24.1 ° C.
It becomes humid at the beginning of the month and the rainy season sets in a little after the "Golden Week" holidays.
Clothing: short-sleeved shirts, short pants
Summer (June - August)
[June] The average temperature is 27.6 ° C.
The rainy season in Okinawa has relatively many sunny days and it tends to pour at the end of the season.The rainy season ends late of June, around the Memorial Day.(June 23rd).
Clothing: Sunshade and thin shirts, sunglasses
[July] The average temperature is 29.4 ° C.
The intense heat continues, but the highest temperature is not as high as in Mainland Japan.
Clothing: light and long-sleeved shirts, sunglasses, hats
[August] The average temperature is 29.0 ° C.
It is the best time for marine activities.There are sometimes heavy rain and squalls.
Clothing: sunglasses, hats, light long-sleeved shirts
Fall (September - November)
[September] The average temperature is 28.2 ° C.
The heat continues until the middle of the month.The typhoons coming near to Okinawa in September tend to become larger- scale.
Clothing: short-sleeved shirts, sunglasses
[October] The average temperature is 26.4 ° C.
It becomes cooler in the early mornings and evenings; it feels like Autumn in the air.
Clothing: short-sleeved shirts, thin cardigans
[November] The average temperature is 22.5 ° C.
The weather is stable over all although it becomes cloudy from time to time when the north wind blows.
Clothing: long-sleeved shirts, thin cardigans
Winter (December - February)
[December] The average temperature is 18.7 ° C.
There are few rainy days although the wind becomes cold.It becomes even colder after the winter solstice.
Clothing: sweatshirts, jeans
[January] The average temperature is 18.5 ° C.
There are many rainy days because of the strong northeast monsoons.The lowest temperature is 10 ° C; however, it feels colder than the actual temperature due to the strong wind.
Clothing: jackets, sweaters
[February] The average temperature is 16.1 ° C.
As in January, it is cold some days and warm other days; however, it becomes warmer and warmer as it rains.
Clothing: jackets, light coats
* The average temperature is that of Naha City in 2007. (reference: Okinawa Meteorological Observatory HP)
Data regarding Naha City
|Yearly average temperature||23.1°C|
|Yearly clear days||217 days|