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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...
Many of us like to spend the weekend or special nights having our favorite drinks outside the house. Whether you’re single, newlywed with or without kids, or you just want to go out with your children while your significant other is away, there's a lively place for everyone to equally enjoy the night. Okinawa izakayas You have probably come across many of these along the streets. They offer an amusing space along with various kinds of alcohol and good food. While restaurants are mainly...
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...
When it is very usual to see many Americans hanging out in specific areas up north, I’ve noticed that the majority of them haven’t yet discovered other great places to hang out in the southern areas of Okinawa. So, I thought that I’d share this remarkable place that my family and I like to go to whenever we feel like getting away from the daily hassle. Umikaji Terrace on Senega Island is located just a mere 10-minute drive south of Naha Airport if you were to travel Route 58 or 10 minutes...
I know many of you have spent the New Years a few times on Okinawa already, but have you ever wondered what the locals do to celebrate it? If you answered, “get drunk,” you’re not completely wrong! If you’d like to be a part of the celebration next year, here’s everything that you have to know about the goings-on: While Christmas may arguably be the most important, family-oriented, holiday for you in the States, New Year, or shogatsu rather, is the biggest one in Japan. Because of this...
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