Okinawa Trip: Part 3

So the 3rd and last day of our Okinawa trip arrived. On the 3rd day we didn’t have the rental car so we took the monorail to move around Naha.

First destination was Shuri castle, the complex on the boundaries of the city of Naha, of the ancient ryukyu emperor, now a museum of history and garden.

 Shisa, protecting from evil spirits, everywhere.

 Throne of the Ryukyu Emperor.

The main hall of Shuri, astonishing.

Then, we headed for Tama-udun, the royal tomb complex near Shuri castle, to learn a bit more about the ancient times.

 We got stuck there because of the rain, under the roof of the entrance for a while till one worker of the complex brought us 2 umbrellas, that’s service!!

Our supposed to be the last planned visit of the day was to an awamori liquor brewery, but because it was sunday, the factory was closed. Even that, the ladies at the office showed us a 10 minute video of the brewery and let us try a few of the bottles.

Talking with the lady, we noticed there was an event in Naha precisely that weekend, and only once a year, so we headed there as soon as we stepped out of the brewery.

With our hearts and stomach full of joy, it was time to leave Okinawa, the end of the trip was near and we had to go back to the airport.
The food was amazing, the scenery, coastline, the city (a bit too much americanazed, but still awesome), and the good service, thanks Okinawa for the hospitality.

Here’s a picture of Mt. Fuji fromthe airplane, see ya next hype!

And if you missed the other updates about Okinawa, I’ll just leave this here….
Okinawa 1
Okinawa 2

Okinawa Trip: Part 2

Secon day of our trip in Okinawa, we woke up pretty wasted after first night awamori sake, but we managed to get up, take a quick breakfast and head up north of the island by car. First stop at Busena Marine Park.
Just a normal day in Okinawa, US Army, no sign of Godzilla.

 Arrived to Busena Marine Park, 4 meter depth observatory.

 There’s plenty of fish in the sea they say….


 The fantastic views of any beach in Okinawa, feels like paradise.

 After the observatory we rode on a boat to explore more about the depths of Okinawa sealife.

Once we finished at Busena Park and started to get hungry because of staring at fish for long time we decided to go to our second stop of the day, churaumi aquarium. The second largest aquarium in the World.

 Jinbei, the main attraction of Churaumi Aquarium, the whale-shark

 Splendid Jinbei are splendid.

 The reason I didn’t go to the beach in Japan for months, 8 meter squid

Our last stop of the day was Kouri island, a bit more up North, aka “Love Island” but we didn’t figured it out why the name…. the bridge was impressive, pictures don’t make justice of what we saw.

With sunset, we went back to the car and headed to Naha for our second night in the city, still many food to eat and many booze to drink!

See ya on the part 3 of the okinawa trip, soon updated!
If you missed the first part, here’s the link Okinawa Trip: part 1

Okinawa trip: part 1

My last trip in Japan this 2014 went straight to my top 1st position in the ranks. It takes around 3 hours from Haneda airport to Naha airport in Okinawa.
on the second half of October the weather was still warm at night, and hot during day, mostly sunny and hot.

First thing to do in Okinawa, if you planning on visit many places around, is to rent a car. This will save you a lot of time on buses and schedules. We rent it for 3000¥ / day and completely worth it.

 One of the first things made us confused was that, probably because of the US army bases in Okinawa, everything is “americanazed”

 Out first destination was Ryukyu Mura, a theme park of Okinawan culture and tradition, easiest and fastest way to learn about the island you’re stepping in.

  This is Shisa, hybrid lion-dog, protector from evil spirits in almost all okinawan houses.

 Eisa dance and performance

 Habu is the name of okinawan viper, one of the most venomous in the World. Smile….

….And the old man was just holding it by the head, fearless…

 Welcome to Americaland!! Another of those “are we still in Japan?” moments

 After a long day walking around, watching sunsets, it was time to hit the main streets in Naha for drinks, we end up in a restaurant with ALL YOU CAN DRINK Awamori liquor…. from the tap! it was a nonstop refill our cups.

 

High five for the hangover!! come on granny!!

 Midnight craving for more food and drinks.

And that was our first day in okinawan paradise, second day will be updated soon!