Kouri-jima is an island by Okinawa’s northwest shore of Nakijin peninsula. It is known for being a remote island easily accessible by car, which is a draw for many tourists. Though small in size (773 acres of land in a 4.9-mile circumference), Kouri can be big fun.
My parents and I hopped in a car and made our way earlier this month for a quick...
When I think of Okinawa, great beaches, water activities and the warm, friendly, laid-back locals come to mind. So when I had the chance to get back to that paradise, I didn’t hesitate. And, as you read above, the price was right.
Hawaii is probably the most iconic and popular vacation destination for people around the world. And yet, I was not surprised to hear that Okinawa welcomed more tourists than Hawaii for the first time in 2017, according to Japan’s Nikkei news service.
This private beach is the perfect place to have a campout beach party. Amenities include rental barbeque equipment, campsites, parking, showers and bungalows. Head north on Route 58 to Route 110 toward to Yagaji Island. Make left on Route 110 and drive pass the bridge.
A day relaxing on a beach, having a glass of beer and BBQ with your friend is a great way of spending your weekend in Okinawa. Or if you are a shutter bug, you may have a hard time making a choice between the nostalgic scene of sugarcane roads and the vibrant color of hibiscus lined in front of resort hotels.
Ever since “washoku,” or traditional Japanese food, was designated an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2013, popular dishes and liquors like sushi, tempura, sukiyaki, sake, shochu and awamori— have been garnering a lot of international attention.
Finding establishments in Japan that serve traditional Japanese or Chinese tea is an easy task. However, trying to find a cup of traditional Okinawan tea, Bukubuku Cha, can be difficult, even on Okinawa. And if you saw a cup of Bukubuku Cha, you’d know it because it’s not a simple cup of colored liquid.
When the new year rolls around, many swear off junk food, resolve to lose weight or promise themselves, “I will eat healthier starting today!” This resolve might, or might not, survive the winter months.
If you want to taste what tsukemen is like, this is the place. Enjoy dipping fat noodles into a thick rich pork broth soup. You may have to wait in the line because it’s a popular. And get there early because the shop closes for the day when the tsukemen is sold out.