Articles by khayden22

Parks are a great place to relax with friends and family on a warm day and Okinawa has tons of them to enjoy. There's only one problem. The popular ones like Zanpa Park and Comprehensive Park are always crowded! If you're looking for quiet parks with room for you, the kids, or your friends to run around in, this list contains lesser-known locations you'll want to add to your next weekend 'to visit' list. Here are the top 5 unknown parks in Yomitan. Kaneku Seaside Park This park is...
Round 1 Stadium is one of those places in Okinawa that everyone should experience at least once. It's so large in scope and its offerings that it can be difficult to describe. But, I'll try anyway. Take an empty dish add a healthy helping of Dave and Busters, mix in some Chuck E' Cheese and Bally's Las Vegas, then top it off with a dash of YMCA and some Japanese seasoning, you'd get this tower of fun that literally has something for everyone. I recently visited and traversed all 7 floors...
I was on a mission. My objective: To find the best beaches within a reasonable driving distance from Kadena Air Base (no more than 30 minutes). The result? Some locations held no surprises, while others offered unexpected experiences. If you want to be an informed beach bum this summer, you gotta know before you go. Here are the 5 best beaches near Kadena Air Base. Araha Beach About a 25-minute drive from Kadena Gate 1. Araha is the "official" beach of Chatan Town and arguably the most...
Are you looking for the best place to buy groceries in Kadena town here in Okinawa? Then Navel Kadena is your next destination! I shop there regularly to find some of the best deals on-island and to take in its captivating vibe. Let’s explore what makes it so charming, and how you can enjoy the good vibes while saving money. The Farmer’s Market You’ve probably heard of the farmer’s market at Navel Kadena. But hearing about it is different from experiencing it. The selection of vegetables is...
My arms and back burned as I kept a tight grip on the rod, fighting the fish in the water below. While I labored to hold on, the deckhand slashed toward the water with a hook attached to a long pole called a gaff. The fish he pulled up was about a foot and half long, silver and yellow with vacant eyes. In a swift motion, the soon-to-be separated Marine reached a hand into its gills and bled it (to make the fish taste better), then flung its flopping body into a giant cooler filled with icy...
I took a week-long vacation to Ishigaki Island in April. My experience was restorative and allowed me to explore the entire island from upscale restaurants to its verdant mountain peaks and tranquil bays. Here are some of the highlights from that wonderful trip you can use to inform your own travels. Fly to Ishigaki Island Ishigaki has a Hawaiian vibe, minus the traffic and insane prices. After a brief 55-minute flight from Naha, my wife and I landed at the New Ishigaki Airport. Opened...
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