Adventure

Explore more of the unseen places in Okinawa from Senega Island to Kouri Island and beyond!
There wasn't much to do to have fun growing up in the small town that I did. However, we did have wetlands that we could explore to see various types of birds and animals as we walked the boardwalk and trails. Much like my old home, Okinawa has a wetland center too. The Manko Waterbird and Wetland Center in Tomigusuku City, just on the border of Naha, which is about 116 acres of mudflat. Though, the boardwalks make the area seem much more prominent. If you end up at Manko Wetlands, be...
Google Maps is an excellent starting point in finding things to do in Okinawa. You may click around place to place, or even do a search for something you want to find such as "Okinawa beach". Searching for this term will undoubtedly bring up all the popular beaches in Okinawa to include Naminoue Beach in Naha, Araha Beach in Chatan, and many more options to choose from. But what if you want to find something to do near, let's say, Naminoue Beach? Well, you could click around on each...
If you want to get away from it all and relax with tranquility all around you while being able to see breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, the Kakinohana Hija Spring in Nanjo is the perfect place to go for the morning or afternoon, alone or with guests. To access the spring, it is somewhat difficult to spot while driving to the location shown in the map below, even though there's a sign. That's because there's only a narrow entrance between a house and shrubbery leading to a wider...
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...
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...
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...
Spring break is upon us. Finally, there's a reprieve from the weekly madness of waking up kids, fighting over outfits, shoving homework in the bag, and rushing to the bus. Whew. But by Tuesday you'll most likely be over the door banging from the rushing in and out, the constant requests for snacks, sibling fighting, and general chaos that comes with kids. Sorry, we can't relieve you of your kids, but we can give you ideas for places to go that won't break the bank and will get you out of...
Ever wake up thinking, "What should we do today?" I don't know about you but this is a constant question that comes to mind when planning our family's weekend adventures. Chipping away at our bucket list of things-to-do in Okinawa. I personally had no idea about this place called Bios no Oka. I saw an advertisement for it during one of my outings and saw they had a boot tour. I was instantly sold. What is "Bios no Oka"? "Bios" means "life" in Greek. Bios no Oka is a subtropical forest...
The first time that we took Marron to the beach at Senega Island after officially adopting her, she went absolutely crazy. It looked like she had never stepped foot on sand before. At first, she was a little skittish about the whole situation, though, it could've been just her in a new place with new people that she was unfamiliar with. However, as soon as she found out that she could start digging holes in the sand and how fun it was—as well as how great it tasted—we didn't want to leave...
While there's no true replacement for those fitness freaks on Okinawa missing their dose of the approximate 260 grueling steps to the top of the Stairway to Heaven, here are two alternatives that you might enjoy until its reopening, rumored to be sometime in March of 2019, or anytime after for that matter. Both of these stairways are dwarfed by the Stairway to Heaven, but they will give your quads, hamstrings, calves, and shins (anterior tibialis) a great workout nonetheless. The Ankle...
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