Factory / Workshop Spots in Okinawa Area

  • Nutima-su Sightseeing and Salt Manufacturing Factory
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    4.0
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    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.

    As we had time before heading to American Village, we decided to make a trip to this salt factory. Turned out that it was not really worth the time and long drive there. Factory is small, and we...

  • Azamiya Minsah Craft Center
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    4.0
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    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.

    We went to the Minsah Kogei museum on a cold and rainy afternoon. Make sure you call to make an appointment though. Young children can also take part but they need to be tall enough to reach the...

  • Glass House in Forest
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    3.5
    71 Reviews
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    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...

  • Taketomi Folk Craft Museum
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    4.0
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    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.

    竹富町織物事業協同組合の施設。島の伝統の織物を紹介している。染めから織りまでの工程の説明の説明の展示やまた布を織るところの見学や織りの体験などもできる施設だ。私は時間がなかったにで簡単に展示を見学する程度で、体験はしなかった。

  • Awamori Masahiro Gallery
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
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    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).

    The sake is made of thai rice. The process of making sake is very similar with whisky and just differ with ingredients used. Theres taste testing here, drink to your hearts content!

  • Ryukyu Glass Kirameki Kobo
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
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    Okinawa Kunigami-gun Onnason Yamada 3111
    This Ryukyu glass studio is located in Onna Village, Okinawa Prefecture. Visitors can watch the work of a group of craftsmen lead by Ikemiyagi Yoshio, a certified Traditional Craftsman of Okinawa Prefecture. Ikemiyagi was selected as a Contemporary Master Craftsman in 2014 by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The workshop also offers Ryukyu glasswork experiences in which participants can make a variety of items from such as taru glasses, saucers, and flower vases from Ryukyu glass. Visitors can also view and purchase more than 500 pieces of Ryukyu glasswork, which makes a great souvenir.

    ルネッサンスに宿泊中、雨だったので急遽連絡したところ飛び込みで受け入れて貰えました。 5歳の息子で不安もありましたが、親切な職人さんに優しく教えて頂き、写真をとるためのポージングやシャッターチャンスを作って下さいました。 本人もとても喜んで大事に使っています。 きらめき工房さんのガラスは気泡・波風のラインがとても美しいグラスで、空港でお土産のグラスが沢山並んでいるのを見ていた時も、主人が「やっぱり...

  • Uchina Farm
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
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    Okinawa Itoman-shi Mabuni 1018
    This expansive tourist farm covering nearly 70 acres is Japan's southernmost winery. It makes luxurious fruit wines using passion fruit grown on its own farm, acerola cherries grown locally in Itoman City, and other fruit grown in Okinawa Prefecture such as mangoes and shekwasha. Visitors can enjoy wine tastings and buying souvenirs at the wine house, or watching the steps off the wine-making process such as washing the fruit and bottling the finished wine through the windows at the winery building. The winery's winter light display is also a popular attraction.

    They were closed when we went, in December, they only had a ilumination event which was a 3 stars stuff... anyways, came for the animals and didnt get anything... buuuu

  • Mineya Kobo
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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    Okinawa Ishigaki-shi Arakawa 1129-2
    This handweaving studio, which is the founding manufacturer of Yaeyama Jofu, Yaeyama Minsa and Hanaori Minsa, carries a full selection of fabrics, half and double-width obi sashes, and other items.made from traditional textiles of Ishigaki Island. The studio makes a variety of products suited to today's modern lifestyle that take advantage of the light weight and high durability of sashes made from minsa textiles, including handbags, table centerpieces, shop curtains, and business card cases. The workshop is especially proud of their fukei-ori, which depict the color of the ocean around Ishigaki Island in textiles made using traditional techniques to the fullest. The studio also offers loom weaving and vegetable dyeing experiences. Visitors can also watch the professional weavers at work.

    如果自駕沿路有經過, 可以停車入內參觀一下。不過要注意禁止影相/觸摸嘅地方, 做個守規矩嘅遊客。如果有興趣, 仲可能參加體驗課程。

  • Orion Happy Park
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    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.
  • Helios Distillery Co., Ltd.
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    3 Reviews
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    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.

    関東圏では、くら が手に入るヘリオス酒造さん 以前から 気になっていたけれど夜の便まで余裕があったので レンタカーでいってみました 許田インターから名護方面へ 右折するところがちょっとわかりずらいけれど 看板が見つかればオーケー 泡盛なれど こちらは ラム酒作りからの酒造さんなので 樽作りの泡盛も! 見学も予約制であります 時間のないかたはショップの中だけでも 展示コーナーで学べます そして 何...

  • Chubuki Glass Kobo Niji
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
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    Okinawa Nakagami-gun Yomitanson Zakimi 2748
    "This glasswork studio is located in Yachimun no Sato in Zakimi, Yomitan Village, Nakagami County. The studio, which was established by the famed Ryukyu glass craftsman Seikichi Inamine, produces unique and elaborate works of Ryukyu glass. Their ""awa glass,"" for example, makes the air bubbles that form in the glassworking process, something traditionally considered to be a flaw, into an aesthetic feature. The area around the studio has a high concentration of potteries that make ""yachimun,"" the traditional pottery of Okinawa."

    流石に1月4日は在庫が少なかった。 これは、やちむんの里の他の工房も同じ状態ですが。 また改めてお邪魔したいです。

  • Kabirayaki Rinka
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
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    Okinawa Ishigaki-shi Kabira 1216-60
    This pottery in Kabira, Ishigaki City makes tableware, shisa figurines, and other works of pottery with clay from Ishigaki Island. They also offer pottery classes in which participants can hand-built or wheel thrown vessel, their own shisa figure, or a Ryukyu glass accessory.

    最初のシーサーは、出来上がっているものを買って帰りましたが、何度か石垣を訪れているうちに、何だか物足りなくなり自分で作ってみたくなりました。現地の雑誌を見て出かけてみたところ、工房の雰囲気もとても良くスタッフの方も丁寧に教えてくださって、満足できる作品が出来上がりました。作品を作っていく中で、段々とこだわりが出出来て随分長い時間掛ってしまいましたが、私達が出かけた時はたまたま他の観光客があまりいな...

  • Yachimun no Sato
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    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.
  • Pottery Gallery Shimairo
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    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
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    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.
  • Tokuyama Shuzo
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    Okinawa Miyakojima-shi Irabu Sawada 1500
    This distillery is located in a residential area just east of Sawada no Hama Beach and Heiseinomori Park about a 15-minute walk from Sarahama Fishing Port. Established in 1945, the venerable distillery is best known for producing smooth tasting awamori that fills the mouth with a pronounced sweetness. Their awamori is made with groundwater with a high content of minerals derived from coral reefs. The distillery's offerings include Honen, their hallmark brand, which was given this name in the hope of a bountiful harvest, as well as their mildly-flavored Yura, which was created to suit the tastes of women and people from outside of the prefecture who haven't acquired a taste for awamori. Visitors with a reservation can tour part of the distillery.
  • Chigaya Kobo
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    Okinawa Miyakojima-shi
    This workshop is located inside the Miyako Taiken Craft Village just northwest of the Miyakojima City Museum. It sells hats, baskets, pots, and other handicrafts made with cogon grass, a plant that grows wild on Miyako Island. It also offers hands-on activities in which participants can make accessory cases, baskets, or marble cellphone straps from cogon grass or bracelets from shell ginger, another plants that grows on Miyako Island. Each activity takes between 60 and 120 minutes and can be enjoyed by as few as one and as many as 20 people (reservations are required for large groups).
  • Okinawa Craft Village
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    Okinawa Kunigami-gun Onnason Onna 6203-1
    This venerable Ryukyu glass shop is located in Onna Village, Okinawa Prefecture. They exhibit and sell a variety of items including Ryukyu glass tableware and accessories, lacquerware, and more. All of the glassware in the shop is made by hand, giving each piece a slightly different look. Visitors can watch the glass working process at the attached workshop, which also offers glass working experiences. Participants can create their own one-of-a-kind Ryukyu glass cup, beer mug, flower vase, or lampwork bead under the guidance of a skilled craftsman.
  • HANAHANA KOBO
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    Okinawa Nakagami-gun Yomitanson Uza 361-2
    This leathercraft shop is located in Uza, Yomitan Village, Nakagami County. It sells items that combine leatherwork with goods with traditional handicrafts of Okinawa such as Yomitanzan Hanaori textiles and Bingata dyeing. Their wallets, key cases, and other leather accessories featuring colorful and characteristically Okinawan designs make great souvenirs.
  • Issui Pottery
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    Okinawa Nakagami-gun Yomitanson Nagahama 18
    "Issui Pottery is located in the Nagahama Yomitan Village, Nakagami Counry. It is the workshop of Takahata Shinya, an up-and-coming potter who has learned the technology of traditional Okinawan ""yachimun"" pottery, Tsuboya ware in Yomitan Village. Adjacent to the workshop is a gallery, where tableware decorated with lattices, dots, and modern use of color are on display and available for purchase."

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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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