Kafu Banta, nestled on the picturesque Miyagi Island in Uruma City, is a renowned tourist destination and local power spot celebrated for its breathtaking views of the expansive Pacific Ocean. The name Kafu Banta is derived from the Okinawan language and translates literally to 'Happy Cliff'. This stunning geological feature not only offers a serene and awe-inspiring atmosphere but also serves as an emblematic landmark of the region's natural beauty.
The cliff is situated within the premises of the Nuchimasu Salt Factory, a facility known for producing the famously mineral-rich Okinawan salt. The factory offers visitors an informative and engaging experience, providing a brief overview of the intricate processes involved in extracting salt from 100% Miyagi Island seawater. One of the highlights of the tour is the enormous 'drying room', which bears a striking resemblance to a room blanketed in snow.
In addition to the educational aspects of the factory tour, guests can also enjoy a variety of salt-inspired culinary experiences. There is a quaint cafe on-site offering delicious salt ice cream, while a restaurant on the upper floor provides a more extensive dining menu featuring locally sourced ingredients. And of course, no visit would be complete without a stop at the souvenir shop, where an assortment of salt-related products and mementos are available for purchase.
Visitors will be pleased to know that parking and entrance to both Happy Cliff and the Nuchimasu Salt Factory are complimentary. Accessing the site is relatively straightforward from the Uruma 'mainland', with Route 10 serving as the main thoroughfare. This scenic route stretches from the Katsuren Peninsula to the far end of Ikei Island, passing through Henza and Miyagi along the way. Happy cliff and the Nuchimasu Salt Factory can be found about halfway across Miyagi Island on the east coast.
2768 Yonashiromiyagi, Uruma, Okinawa 904-2423
Open 7 days 0900-1730 (Gates close 1800)