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Factory / Workshop Spots in Okinawa Area

  • Azamiya Minsah Craft Center
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    4.0
    74 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Tonoshiro 909
    The Azamiya Minsah Craft Center is located about 10 minutes' drive from the Ishigaki Port Outer Island Ferry Terminal. Besides manufacturing Yaeyama Minsah textiles, the Center also has a display room and shop, and visitors can watch the fabric being made. The workshop and display room are on the ground floor; visitors can view part of the manufacturing process. The display room showcases historic and modern examples of Minsah textiles, and also has a display on the dyeing techniques that are used. Visitors who book their visit in advance may be able to try their hand at making Minsah fabric in the annex building; the price depends on the program chosen and the length of the experiential activity.

    Went here on a cold rainy day with 2 girls from my hostel. We payed 1500 yen each to make a 11x14cm sample of Minsah ori weaving. Really enjoyed the weaving, and the staff were very helpful. We...

  • Taketomi Folk Craft Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Yaeyamaguntaketomichou Taketomi 381-4
    The Taketomi Folk Craft Museum was founded in 1972 with the aim of training craftspeople to carry on Taketomi Island’s traditional crafts, including the making of Yaeyama Minsah Cloth, Yaeyama Jofu Cloth (high-quality plain-woven hemp cloth), and Abaca Cloth, etc. The process for making Abaca Cloth is shown using explanatory display panels, and visitors can also watch displays of actual weaving loom use. Entrance to the museum is free.
  • Orion Happy Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Agarie 2-2-1
    Orion Happy Park is the facility where Orion Beer (Okinawa's most famous beer) is brewed; visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the brewery, and then enjoy tasting Orion Beer after the tour (soft drinks are available for children and designated drivers). Orion Happy Park has its own restaurant-Yanbaru no Mori-where visitors can enjoy beer that has been made on the premises and delicious food made with local ingredients (it is possible to visit the Park just to use the restaurant). The brewery tour takes around 60 minutes. Visitors can book the tour in advance by telephone or through the Park's website.
  • Nutima-su Sightseeing and Salt Manufacturing Factory
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    4.0
    182 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Urumashi Yonashiromiyagi 2768 Co., Ltd. Inu Mase
    This salt factory is on Miyagi Island, the second island accessible from Urama City’s marine road. It created a salt production process called the “room temperature instant airborne crystallization production method,” which has garnered patents in 13 countries as well as a Guinness Record for its mineral-rich characteristics. Take a tour of the factory and see how the salt’s appealing snowy color is made. There’s also an official shop and cafe, and all of the salt used at the cafe is produced at the factory. The shop offers food items, cosmetics, and samples of “silk salt,” which is said to enhance beauty.

    It's difficult to get there by bus, but the bus driver will often drop you off in front if you ask. Then it's just a half km walk to the factory. It is surrounded by sugar cane fields and even one of...

  • Pottery Gallery Shimairo
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Urumashi Yonashirotoubaru 428-6
    Pottery Gallery Shimairo standing in a peaceful village surrounded by sugar cane fields on Miyagi Island is a pottery studio and gallery shop owned by Katsushi Shimabukuro, a pottery artist. In the studio on the first floor, the pottery’s manufacturing process can be observed up close. In a gallery on the second floor, a range of pottery from vessels and flower vases with monotone colors to plates and cups with light and gentle earthy colors are displayed and sold. A shaved ice shop next to the studio uses crockery made at Pottery Gallery Shimairo.
  • Kusu no Mori ChukoGura
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Tomigusukushi Iraha 556-2
    This brewery tour facility is where you can enjoy learning about the history and culture of awamori such as an old-fashioned awamori factory, an old-style storehouse with a lot of aged sake, and earthenware pots. Convenient located approximately 10 minutes by car from Naha Airport, this brewery that has received some of the most awards and is very popular. If you make a reservation in advance, you can also experience making awamori through an experience that reproduces traditional awamori-making.
  • Yachimun no Sato
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Nakagami-gun Yomitanson Zakimi 2653
    An arts and crafts village located a 60-minute drive from the Okinawa-Minami Interchange. The village origins date back to when Ryukyu dynasty King Sho Tei gathered various pottery studios here to promote the development of the ceramics industry. There are 19 independent pottery studios in the village, and visitors can experience the traditions, culture, and history of Okinawan ceramics. The village's thick pottery, decorated with placid designs, are sold in two communal shops, and visitors can purchase Yomitanzan ware and Okinawan lion dog statues, each different in appearance and feel from the next depending on the studio and potter which made it. Some of the studios also have their own distinctive galleries and offer pottery making classes.
  • Awamori Masahiro Gallery
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Nishizakichou 5-8-7
    This sake brewery was established in 1883 in Shuri, the castle town of the Ryukyu Kingdom. At the time when only those approved to brew by the royal government could receive a license, a tradename and brewing license were given by the king, down to the present day. It sells vintage sake that has received many Monde Selection Gold awards, awamori made of pure rice , and moromi-su (vinegar from rice mash).
  • Glass House in Forest
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    3.5
    66 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Bimata 478
    This facility is where you can experience making Ryukyu glass. There are approximately 300 kinds of glass inside the store, and you can experience various kinds of workshops in the experience area such as making glass, accessories, photo frames, gel candles and kaleidoscopes. Do not forget to make the required reservation if you would like to take part in this experience. In addition, although you cannot take it back home with you on the same day, it can be delivered to you later.

    Okinawa is known for their glassware. This is a touristy stop that allows you to watch them make glassware and you can also blow your own drinking glass. I was with a tour and they allow you blow...

  • Helios Distillery Co., Ltd.
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Kyoda 405
    An awamori brewery represented by the aged awamori “Kura,” it brews general alcoholic beverages. You can go on a recommended factory tour that lasts for approximately 40 to 60 minutes for a fulfilling time where you can learn the traditions and secrets of awamori and what makes it special. Do not forget to make the required reservation in advance.
  • Sangakugentogei Workshop Amisuku
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunnakijinson Amesoko 212
  • Taiken Workshop & Okinawa zakka Atelier43
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Sumuide 252
  • Shisa Workshop Mabuya
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 2-6-2
  • Ryukyu Glass Workshop Shizuku
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Nakagami-gun Yomitanson Uza 299
  • Kabushikigaisha miyanohana
    Shopping
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Irabu Nakachi 158-1
  • Fenukama
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Tsuboya 1-9-29

    壺屋やちむん通りの博物館側から入って100メートルくらいのところにある、沖縄県文化財指定の喫茶「ふぇーぬかま」。 建物も沖縄っぽいです。 階段を上がらないといけないのですが入り口周辺が趣がありました。 陶器と喫茶と言うだけあってオーナーが制作した「やちむん」でコーヒーが戴けます。

  • Okinawa Umishiokenkyujo
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Shimajirigunagunison Higashi 8316
  • Yomitansanshokitakama
    Shopping
    Okinawa Pref. Nakagamigunyomitanson Zakimi 2653-1
  • Miyakojima Dentokogeihin Ctr
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Ueno Nobaru 1190-188

    宮古上布の歴史や製作実演などがおこなわれています。はた織りは観光用かな、と思いましたが、飾られている製品は立派でした。キーホルダーやアクセサリーではその良さはわからないとおもいます。

  • Yonaguni Machidentokogeikan
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Yaeyamagunyonagunichou Yonaguni 175-2

    8:30AMから開いているので与那国島を発つ当日の朝に訪問したのですが、どうやら早く来過ぎたようで、まだ織子さんが一人も来ておらず、与那国織の制作過程を見学することができませんでした。もし制作過程の見学を希望でしたら、開館から少し時間を置いて行った方が良いかもしれません。 2Fが与那国織の制作部屋で、1Fにちょっとしたお土産屋コーナーがありますが、残念ながら商品はあまり充実しておらず、空港の売店の...

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Let go of your image of a busy, ordered Japan and replace it with crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches, and relaxing folk music: You’ve arrived in Okinawa. A world away from the high intensity of Tokyo, Okinawans appear to live a laid-back beach life on this paradisiacal tropical island that lies in the middle of the East China Sea almost 1,000 kilometers south of mainland Japan’s most southern tip. Home to a spattering of islands, prepare yourself to discover underwater caves, star-shaped sand, and an island culture sometimes unrecognizable from mainland Japan.

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