Other Factory Tour / Demonstration Spots in Okinawa Area

  • Nutima-su Sightseeing and Salt Manufacturing Factory
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    4.0
    227 Reviews
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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
    90 Reviews
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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
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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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    40 Reviews
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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。

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nakamura Food
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Nanjo Chinen Yamazato 926
  • OKINAWA Goya Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Nakayama 894-9

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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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