Living

Spending summer in Okinawa is not as easy as you thought it would be? I know, most people who visit here probably have no idea how hot it can be or as frequent as it can rain—even in the summer—until they actually get here. If you're a tourist and your main purpose of visiting Okinawa is to go to the beach, just stay on the alert for heatstroke. Heatstroke can be so easy to come down with, and this is shown by the number of people taken to hospitals every year for it. "Where else can I go...
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...
As Okinawa is surrounded by water, you don't need to travel very far to find a beach. However, you sometimes might need to go out of your way in order to satisfy your entire family, pets included. There's a beach that you might be passing day-in-day-out on your way to work, to and from PARCO CITY, or just when driving around Okinawa, and not even realizing it. Its name is Satohama Beach and its the only beach in Urasoe City. When the tides are just right, it offers something for...
PARCO CITY is not just another mall in Okinawa; it delivers much more than any other malls, mainly with the much important aspect of time saved getting there due to the congestion around Main Place and Rycom. With that said, PARCO offers high-end brands and stores previously only seen at Okinawa Outlet Mall ASHIBINAA such as Lacoste, COACH, and Michael Kors. Additionally, it brings Levi's and The North Face to a more convenient location. Having an H&M more southern is a nice...
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...
As you can probably name a lot of things that you would like to do at a beach, finding the beach that allows you to do all of the things you want to do could be just a little difficult. Let's say, you'd love to go for a swim in the water and what you'd want after you get your feet back on the sand is a cold beer that doesn't get warm quickly under the sun. Or, you want to try snorkeling for the first time and need assistance. Or this time, perhaps you can't even get in the water because...
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...
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...
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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...
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