Countless reasons to love Okinawa. The warm people, the weather milder than the rest of Japan, the laid-back island lifestyle, the festival of food, the unique culture… and above all, is how all these things seem to be made pretty much accessible to everyone.

For instance, just a short walk tracking down the seawall right off where we live is the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan. Known to be the largest multi-function complex in the prefecture, the center caters to concerts, performances, ceremonies and events needs.  Opened in 1987, it has the capacity of 5,000. It was constructed inspired with the theme of the “sky” to represent the bird and the sun, the “ocean” to represent the life in the water, and the “sinus” (referring to the shape of the center as viewed from the top) to represent people.

A marvelous gate welcomes you to Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan.
A marvelous gate welcomes you to Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan.
Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan is the largest multi-function complex in the prefecture.
Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan is the largest multi-function complex in the prefecture.
Okinawa Convention Center which opened in 1987 has a capacity of 5,000.
Okinawa Convention Center which opened in 1987 has a capacity of 5,000.
A beautifully manicured tree greets visitors coming to Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan.
A beautifully manicured tree greets visitors coming to Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan.
A fountain with a whale on top at Okinawa Convention Center, a reflection of the remarkable whale watching industry in the island.
A fountain with a whale on top at Okinawa Convention Center, a reflection of the remarkable whale watching industry in the island.
A children's playground at Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan.
A children’s playground at Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan.

 

Okinawa Convention Center is also strategically located in the seaside offering a majestic view of the man-made Tropical Beach where families can go for a picnic or a cook out or just a lazy day at the marina. It has a seaside park and an open air amphitheater for events that require to be outdoor. The place is also flocked by locals and tourists for soccer and baseball events held at Convention Center’s big fields and stadium.

The arch at Ginowan Seaside Park.
The arch at Ginowan Seaside Park.
An open amphitheater with a full view of the beautiful Tropical Beach at Ginowan Seaside Park in Okinawa, Japan.
An open amphitheater with a full view of the beautiful Tropical Beach at Ginowan Seaside Park in Okinawa, Japan.
The Ginowan Marina.
The Ginowan Marina.
A monument of peace at Ginowan Seaside Park in Okinawa, Japan.
A monument of peace at Ginowan Seaside Park in Okinawa, Japan.

 

This beauty is just a walk away and it is all free. If driving, parking space is never a hassle. I am definitely going to spend some of my summer days in this place. I cannot wait.

 

Check on Google Street View below for an additional information and perspective on Okinawa Convention Center:

 

 

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