Located on the southern tip of Okinawa is Cape Kyan. There is a memorial dedicated to peace on the cliff and a lighthouse set back from the edge of the cliff. There are some breathtaking views from this location of the East China Sea and cliffs. Follow a small trail toward the lighthouse and discover an overlook to view the memorial from a distance. Please be mindful of habu on the trail. There are no walls or railings on this smaller trail, so it may not be suitable for young children. There is a small parking lot and toilet facilities at the cape. There is no easy way to get down to the beach from this location. However, a short drive away are the Gushikawa ruins where there is a small trail that leads to the beach. The castle ruins are nothing more than a few low crumbling walls.
For this tour we discussed basic photographic principles and help people understand how to change the settings on their cameras to get out of automatic mode. Allowing them to take full control of their camera and create the images they desire. We also discussed black and white photography and the pros and cons of using high ISO and High Dynamic Range (HDR).
From Kadena AB take the expressway South to the very end. This will put you on Rt 331. Make a left at the sign for Senaga Island. This is where 331 splits, so you will still be on 331. Travel about 7Km and turn right onto Rt3. Follow signs for Cape Kyan (喜屋武岬). Make note of this kanji, because some of the signs will only be in kanji. You will travel on some small roads through some construction, as you get close. There are parking and toilet facilities at the cape.
Article by: David P. Lee
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lenses: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6D EX DC HSM
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX ED VR II
Tripod: Manfrotto 190XPROB with Acratech Ultimate Ballhead
Software: Lightroom 5.3, Photomatix 4.2