Seiden (Main hall) of the Shurijo Castle
Northern most point--Cape Hedo
This largest castle in Okinawa was built at the end of 14th century. Distroyed during the WW II/the war of Okinawa in 1945, and re-opened in 1992 after a six years of planning and rebuilding.
Enjoy and eisa drum show, a glass blowing center, a pottery village, an awamori shop (to include habu saki), and a reptile museum. You'll get to see a handler agitate a cobra and watch a habu compete with a mongoose.
Grand Mer Hotel Okinawa
1 Review and 23 Opinions I made a reservation aproximately one week in advance for a 3 day week end. I asked for a large room...
Okinawa Port Hotel
1 Review and 11 Opinions The stay in Okinawa was nice. The perople were nice. Some front desk people would not exchange money...
Volare Restaurant: Authentic Italian food in Okinawa
My fiance`and I met one of the chefs (Pierro) while out on the town in Okinawa one night. I felt this restaurant is rather tucked away and not a lot of information available about it, hence why I wanted to write a raving review. I would have never found this hidden gem if we...
Tacos-ya: Japanese Taco Bell
As with everything else in Japan it may be called the same, but it's different. This one is a good different. The tacos at Tacos-ya are one of my favorite meals. The shells are freshly made and all the ingredients fresh down to the ground beef, lettuce and tomatoes. The taco...
Jin Jin: Traditional Okinawa Food
Not really large restaurant, but traditional style sit on the floor or regular tables and chairs available. Vegetarians will love the Okinawa style food, but meat lovers have only fish and chicken to choose from. To wet your whistle make sure to try the Chu Hai. English...
Obbligato's: Great Food
If you go to Obbligato's expecting Tex-Mex, you'll be greatly disappointed. This is Mexican food with an Okinawan touch, and while it may not be authentic, there are many delicious meals to try.
Bar Spade: Night Life Okinawa
Is known as the first Club Style Bar in Okinawa, 3 years in and they are still going strong. Bar Spade is legendary among the military as well as locals. Just tell any cab driver Bar Spade in Naha City and he will know where to take you. Open till 7am with 500yen drinks,...
Kinville Camp Hansen Area: The Okinawa North of Okinawa City
Kin area has started to evolve into a more reputable Night Life area. Diversified, it still has some “Buy me Drinky Bars,” Pubs, Pool Halls, and Hole in the wall clubs; but the area is starting to get some quality local live entertainment in some of the American owned...
Okito Taxi Group - Island wide on/off base service
You can use Okito Taxi for Tours, Transportation, School Trips, etc....
Local & Cell Phone: 0120-23-5477
Camp Foster Area: 637-5900
Kadena AB: 634-5900
Camp Courtney: 622-5900
Taxis take cash or credit
- Jumbo Taxis (9 capacity)
- Mini Buses (19 capacity)
- Buses (25 capacity)
- Jumbo Buses (45 capacity)
Written May 31, 2010
Phone: Depends on location
Cocok: Pamper yourself in style
Sit in a massage chair and immerse your feet in a hot bath until they're ready to be pampered and beautified! You can get just plain solid colors or pay a bit extra to get some very intricate designs.
Monday - Saturday
What to buy: A pedicure!
What to pay: $20-$40 depending on the service
Written May 31, 2010
Address: Off the sunabe Seawall
Okinawa's Gate 2 Kadena area
All the hype about gate 2 kadena is just that... hype and drunken military braggards trying to impress their buddies. I was on gate 2 in 94-99 and I live here again now, yes it was a wild place then. Now that GWOT is going on there is a world wide crack down on human trafficking and most of the old bars that were the top rated spots are closed because they can't bribe enough people to get the visa's and passports for the girls to work in the bars. So if someone tells you about how mush sex theyr'e getting at gate 2 they just told you a good lie. If you are lucky enough to meet and have sex with some young Japanese girls in the gate 2 area, chances are most of Kadena has been there too. Hopefully you wont meet the girl who gives you something to remember her by (STD's). If you like 60 year old fat nasty Japanese women then whisper alley is the place for you. Thats about all the action still ongoing at gate 2. The only other old school attraction is the Banana show which features an old Japanese lady who performs tricks with her banana boyfriend which she usualy serves up the banana after the show for drunken soldiers who think its cool to eat the banana. The best way I have found to meet nice ladies in Okinawa is stay away from gate 2 area and go see the island. There are lots of lovely ladies wanting to meet guys and some enjoy sex but that does'nt mean you will have sex everytime you meet a Japanese lady in Okinawa. You have to do it the old fashioned way... work for it. Besides, who wants a wife or girlfriend that with the same tatoo on her butt as McDonalds..... "Billions and Billions Served". Gate 2 is a money pit and thats all. When the girls in the bar promise you sex, what they mean to say is they are going to screw you out of your money.
Unique Suggestions: Don't go.
Fun Alternatives: Get off base and see the island and do some tours and meet some real people.
Written Sep 19, 2007
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Luggage and bags: There are laundries here so pack lightly. Our luggage was delayed 3 days from usa, so pack complete change of clothing in your carry-on
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We were here during the rainy season, bring an umbrella, if not for the rain, to shade yourself from the sun. Comfortable walking shoes a must.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring all your own meds including any over -the - counter items you may need. Pharmacies do not sell all products that are available in usa.
Photo Equipment: We had a digital camera, but saw lots of Fuji photo stores that sold disposable camreas, film and offered film developing
Miscellaneous: the weater here was hot and humid, leave the shorts at home, crop pants work well.
Written May 30, 2006
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- Arts and Culture
USO - Tunnel Rats Tour
Explore several caves that served as shelter during WWII and the Battle of Okinawa Historical Society museum. Keep a look out for old coins, rounds and other great finds.Make sure you wear study shoes, a hat, flashlight/head lamp, gloves and old clothing.
Best food in Okinawa!!!
There is a salt factory on the way to to Ikei Island... I have no idea what the name was (maybe it was Yukishio), but there is only one salt factory in the area. Just ask around once you are in the area and you will find the place. The entrance is right off the main road....
Scuba, Scuba, Scuba
Okinawa is an excellent place for diving. If you are military or a dependent, you can take advantage of the most inexpensive PADI dive courses you'll find anywhere in the world.There are many options for dive sites all around the island.- Sunabe Seawall- Oura Wan Bay-...
Okinawa has 2 marathons: the Naha Marathon and the Okinawa Marathon.Both marathons are held annually. The Naha Marathon is in December and the Okinawa Marathon in February.
It has rained during both marathons in the past.
Favorite thing: Okinawa has beautiful coasts, beaches and surrounding islands. It is difficult for a foreigner to travel alone because most of the people does not speak english.
There are many travel agencies. I used Jumbo Tours ( http://www.jumbotours.co.jp/en/ ). They have english speaking staff so you won't have any problems to communicate. They can arrange hotel, tickets and car.
Fondest memory: The landscapes are superb. Good for family trip if you visit the Aquarium or if you stay in one of their beaches. I went on december. The weather is variable. So you can have a rainy one today and a sunny and hot tomorrow. Rent a car and explore the roads. You also have nice spots for diving and surfing.
Written Dec 28, 2007
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- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
- Diving and Snorkeling
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