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Going on a shopping spree; saving money at the 100 yen store; trying new foods and exotic fruit drinks; getting brain freeze with roll ice cream; oh, and finishing that overdue term paper at the library—all things you can do at the Naha Bus Terminal! While from the outside, this may appear to be an ordinary old bus terminal with buses coming and going. Though once you enter, you will find out there's much more than meets the eye and you can actually have a pretty great time here, by...
CHATAN – At approximately 8:10 a.m. on May 26, Nicholas Christenson, 38, a contractor out of Kadena Air Base, was involved in a collision which resulted in the fatality of Isao Toriumi, 39, a motorcyclist at an intersection of Route 58 in Chatan. In a statement to the police, the US civilian contractor believed that he was able to make the right turn toward Miyagi Coast in his passenger car. While the vehicle proceeded to make the turn, it collided with the 39-year-old Urasoe man on a...
A frequently asked question amongst people on Okinawa Questions pages and those interested in coming here is where to find a great camping spot on the beach. Okinawa, being an island, has a lot of coastlines. Because of that, there are plenty of areas to set up camp. However, some of those areas, such as Hippie Beach, require special permission from the city to pitch a tent. Furthermore, some areas of Okinawa aren't the best for camping for various reasons either. That's not the case...
If you're into history and want to learn more about the Battle of Okinawa and what the Okinawans experienced, a visit to Todoroki Trench in Itoman is a must. The Todoroki Trench, also known by locals as Tohruruchi or Tohrurushi, is a long underground limestone cavern—or a Gama—that was naturally carved out by water and stretches east to west. In March of 1945 when the U.S. air raids began, the people of what is now Itoman City fled to the cavern to take refuge. Sometime around June 7...
Well, Orion Beer released their WATTA chuhai brand on May 14, 2019 and I was determined then to give them a try. However, each store I visited that day had already sold out. In fact, I've heard rumors of some supermarkets selling them the day before their official release, which explained the empty shelves when I sought them out! But alas, tonight while making my routine stop at Family Mart on my dog walk, I saw that they were finally stocked to the brim with Orion WATTA Relax, WATTA...
Looking for a day outdoors of fun-filled play and discovery for the whole family? Treehouse Adventure Playground in Urasoe is just what you may be looking for! Not only does the place have a gorgeous playground to have your little ones play, but it's also for adults to embark on a little discovery of their own. Treehouse Adventure Playground is right next to Urasoe Park which is a massive park with open play fields to let the kids play and run around. Additionally, there are many walking...
On the morning of May 16, 2019, at 11 a.m., the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory made an announcement that it is believed that Okinawa has officially entered this year's rainy season. This season comes 7 days later than normal but 16 days earlier than the previous year. However, it was delayed from the beginning of the rainy season in the Amami region of Kagoshima Prefecture, an island approximately 375 kilometers (233 miles) northeast of Okinawa, that began on May 14. The region of...
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I believe that most people traveling or getting stationed overseas are interested in local cuisine. However, sometimes it is hard to find places to get good local food other than the ones introduced in magazines. These places tend to not only be packed with tourists but can also be very pricey as well. To experience real local food, you don't have to look for a fancy restaurant. Try a shokudo! Shokudos are everywhere in Okinawa. These casual restaurants serve a good portion of local...
Orion Beer has officially entered the chuhai market with its release of the Watta brand. The Watta brand seeks to stay true to Okinawa by employing traditional and local flavors whilst embracing the drinking culture and allowing those that cannot drink beer to indulge in chuhais instead. In their initial debut, they put out three flavors. They are: Watta Relax which is a 4% alc. by volume shikuwasa flavor; Watta Strong, a 9% alc. by volume shikuwasa and mixed fruits flavor; and Watta...
Guide: Cost Scale per person ¥ : 100-999 ¥ ¥ : 1000-1999 ¥ ¥ ¥ : 2000+ Location North: Kin to Hedo Point Central: Ginowan to Ishikawa South: Urasoe to Itoman Hopefully, you have had a chance to get out and see some things. If you are still looking for things to do or just need to take a break from the same playgrounds, here are some ideas that should be friendly on the wallet. Friendly Reminders Always carry Yen, water, camera, sunscreen, and bug spray when exploring. Take your trash...
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