As you travel around the southern part of Okinawa, you'll discover a very different kind of scenery found in the mountainous and forested north. This includes inviting beaches, golf courses, and mile upon mile of sugarcane, the most cultivated crop on the island.
Despite its high sugar content, sugarcane juice is good for diabetic patients and has a low glycemic index
The battle of Okinawa was fought here
The best way to get around the area is by car.
Take Route 331 south and turn right onto Route 3. Then follow the signs, which will guide you along the unnamed roads to the cape. In light traffic, it takes about 40 minutes. To access Okinawa from Japan's major cities, fly into Naha Airport.
The Battle of Okinawa wreaked its worst damage in this part of the mainland, and as you explore you'll see a great number of memorials and other reminders of the war. There are also ancient castles from earlier times, some in ruins and some restored to their former majesty.
The newly restored Shuri Castle in Naha is a magnificent place. When you stand at the southern tip of Cape Kyan and take in the ruins of Gushikawa Castle, however, you'll be moved in a very different way.
Gushikawa Castle was built into the cliffs by the lord of Kume Island in the 15th century, but now lies in ruins, half reclaimed by the sand and sea. At the southernmost point of the main island, there is a stunning view, looking out over the Pacific Ocean, with the East China Sea to the west.
Sugarcane has long been cultivated in Okinawa ,and it is the main crop of the islands. It is known as uuji in the Okinawan language. Children in Okinawa sometimes snack on raw sugar cane, but it is an acquired taste. Try the sugarcane juice instead.