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Cape Manzamo is a place noted for its superb views located in Onna village in the northern part of the main island of Okinawa. The grassy plain is so spacious and beautiful that you might feel like sitting there forever. It is said that the King of Ryukyu Kingdom referred to the grassy plain as being big enough for 10,000 people. The Manzamo cliff has a great view of the clear Okinawan Sea. The limestone cliff also has a popular spot, a rock shaped like an elephant’s trunk which was formed when a coral reef rose. These beautiful views can be enjoyed as great photo shooting spots.
- Onna, Onna-mura, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
- Contact No.
- From Asahibashi station on Yui Rail (Okinawa monorail), walk 3 minutes to Naha bus terminal. Take route bus 20 or 120. Ride for 1 hour and 30 minutes and get off at the bus stop Onnason Yakubamae. Walk 10 minutes.
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
- Admission fee
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Great Viewing Spot on a Cliff
Manzamo is located on top of a steep cliff with a height of about 20 meters. It has a great view of the blue Okinawan Sea. The clarity of the water of the sea is so high that you can see rocks in the water or even fish shadows if you look carefully. The sunset here is bright and magnificent.
Beautiful Grassy Plain
It is widely known that the name “Manzamo” came from the words of the King of Ryukyu Kingdom, “this plain is spacious enough for 10,000 people to sit on”. There is a walking path that visitors can enjoy in this beautiful grassy plain. Don’t miss some rare plants you can only see here.
Souvenirs Only in Okinawa
The souvenir shops have items like T-shirts and muumuu full of tropical atmosphere, typical Okinawan souvenirs including shell decorations and Shisa (lion dog statues to ward off evil) ornaments. They also offer some snacks like fresh fried Okinawan sweets, sata andagi (deep-fried bun), and cold shikwasa (citrus depressa) juice. Try them if you are hungry.
The East China Sea has a high clarity of water and serves as an ideal spot for marine sports. You can enjoy activities like banana boat riding, snorkeling, and fishing. There is a cave called “Manzamo Cave” near the base of the cliff. Manzamo Cave diving and snorkeling are highly recommended.
Manzamo is actually a rocky area formed by coral reef with its surface covered with green grass. This is the only area where some rare plants can be seen in the main island of Okinawa. It is designated as an Okinawa Prefecture Natural Protected Vegetation of the Manzamo Limestone Plant Community.