Experience / Training / Vehicle Spots in Okinawa Area

  • Ishigaki Island Canoeing Tour Lagoon
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    5.0
    176 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Ishigaki-shi Miyara 1053-65
    This canoe tour service offers canoeing experiences that convey the appeals of Ishigaki Island including its nature, environment, and lifestyle. The company was started by someone who moved into a house on the banks of the Miyara River after falling in love with Ishigaki Island. They boast a well-equipped shop located right next to the starting point of each tour. It features a parking lot, restrooms, changing rooms, heated showers, and a waiting area. They pride themselves on the quality of their service, which offers guests peace of mind. They warmly welcome beginners, single travelers, and even infants to participate in their tours, which allow participants to thoroughly enjoy the clear blue sea as well as the mangrove jungles characteristic of this tropical island from the seat of a canoe.

    There are several companies offering Ishigaki Island kayak tours and I am not sure that this review is for the one we booked at the tourist counter on the harbour. It was called Eco Tour. Picked us...

  • Murasaki Mura historical village
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    3.5
    226 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nakagamigunyomitanson Takashiho 1020-1
    Murasaki Mura is a large experience-oriented theme park located in Yomitan Village. Visitors can experience traditional crafts and culture, water activities, sports, cooking classes, etc.; more than 100 different experience activities are available in over 30 different workshops. There is also a buffet-style restaurant, and the Okinawan Soba Noodles restaurant (with its delicious noodle broth), is particularly popular. Accommodation is available adjacent to the park.

    Great things to see. My family and I really enjoyed our self and we took lots of pictures. The have a butterfly area but it needs to be updated and we saw horseback riding that we would love to go...

  • Nakama River Watershed
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    4.0
    153 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Yaeyama-gun Taketomicho Minami Kazami 201
    "In the watershed of Nakama River which flows in the southeast part of Iriomote Island, there is Japan's largest mangrove forest which consists of trees such as Heritiera littoralis and Sonneratia alba, and has been designated a National Natural Monument as ""Nakama River Conservation District."" It is also home to precious nature such as ""Ubundoru Yaeyama Palm Tree Grove"" which is designated a Natural Monument, and a pleasure boat ""Nakama River Mangrove Cruise"" operates so you can observe the watershed."

    Loved ending my trip with a relaxing cruise and seeing a giant Looking Glass mangrove tree. Times are limited based upon the tide. Casual cruise and the get off the boat to see the tree and then...

  • Dino Park Yanbaru Subtropical Forest
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    4.0
    86 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Nago-shi Nakayama 1024-1
    A park located in a forest adjoining the Okashigoten Nago Shop in Nakayama, Nago City. Here visitors can go on an adventure in a subtropical virgin forest and encounter over 80 animatronic dinosaurs brought to life with stunning movement and roars. A fun destination for children and adults alike, there are walking paths in the park and at the end of the course is a children's area with dinosaurs and play equipment kids can ride, as well as a shop filled with dinosaur merchandise. Visitors can also use a tablet and view moving 3D dinosaurs and, depending on the season, charming seasonal flowers. Be sure not to miss the park's rare subtropical flowers.

    A great place for kids who love dinosaurs. This rainforest has lots of stairs and slopes where baby strollers are not allowed. The entire experience in the jungle with the dinosaurs (plus their...

  • Kabira Marine Service
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    4.0
    59 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Kabira 934
    Visitors can take a tour aboard a glass boat across Ishigaki Island’s Kabira Bay, one of Okinawa’s most famous scenic spots. Boats depart every 15 minutes, so the wait is fairly short. The boat will take you to the part of the bay with the best view. You’ll be able to see vividly colored tropical fish and coral reefs through the boat’s glass bottom. The guide will provide useful information to the passengers, so no prior knowledge is necessary.

    曇り空で引き潮時でしたが、グラスボートでの遊覧で海中の生物観察ができました。大きなシャコ貝やカクレクマノミにも出会えました。

  • West Marine
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    3.5
    60 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Tondouchou 2-1 Naha Shantou Building 1F
    This popular company offers sunset dinner cruises where you can enjoy your time on the cruise while eating a meal and watching the evening sun set into the beautiful ocean of Okinawa. You can go with significant others, friends or family. You can also choose a cruise plan according to the purpose and for a unique memory of Okinawa. In addition to the sunset cruise, their night cruises and underwater sightseeing boats are also popular.

    Cons:you only spend about 10-15 minutes in the viewing area. Pros:Young children are free. Which I was happy for. As he I paid for our whole family I would have been disappointed. You can pay...

  • Okinawa Kokuto, Inc.
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    3.5
    32 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nakagamigunyomitanson Zakimi 2822 - 3 (within Okiham Square)
    This brown sugar factory is located in Yomitan Village in Nakagami County and allows visitors to observe the process of turning sugar cane into brown sugar for free. The interior is barrier-free, so wheelchair users can move about with ease. Attached to the factory is a store that sells various brown sugar products. Ham, sausage, and other items produced in the prefecture are available for both sampling and purchase as well, and freshly made sata andagi (Okinawan sweet deep-fried bun) are available every day. Visitors can try their hand at making their own brown sugar, but advance reservations are required.

    this village is a good atomosphere. very chilling people, sites to see everywhere like pottery street (Yachimun no sato). my recommendation is to visit here in summer. One favorable spot is a beach...

  • Miyako Taiken Craft Village
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Hirara Higashinakasonezoe 1166-286
    Miyako Taiken Craft Village is located within the Miyakojima City Botanical Garden. Visitors can try their hand at one of nine different activities, including woodcarving, pottery-making, shell-work, making local cuisine, riding Miyako ponies, and making traditional Miyako-jima textiles, providing a rich and in-depth experience of Miyako-jima and other Okinawan handicrafts and traditions. Entrance to the Botanical Gardens is free; prices for Craft Village activities vary depending on the individual activity undertaken.

    沖縄旅行では、ジェルキャンドルを作るのがお決まりになっているのですが、ホテルになかったので調べてこちらへ訪問しました。 広い敷地内に、様々な工房が点在しています。ジェルキャンドルの体験では、優しいおばさまが6才の子にも分かりやすく、丁寧に教えてくださいました。 次の旅行でもまた伺いたいと思います。

  • Glass Art Ai
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Nakayama 211-1
    A glass studio established in 1998 situated along National Route 84 in Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture. The studio displays pieces under the chic Dinnerstyle collection and the cutely colored Brunchtstyle collection, which make perfect gifts for women. The studio also offers Ryukyu glass classes such as glass blowing glasses, jewelry making using a burner, and colorful gel candle making created with your choice of gel sands and decorative touches.

    Stumbled across this small place and we ended up blowing 2 glasses. You get to choose the type of glass you want and colors too. Takes about 30mins. You collect the glass you made 2 days later, as it...

  • Snorkel YARUYA
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Ishigaki-shi Tonoshiro 398-2
    This snorkeling tour guide service is located in Tonoshiro, Ishigaki City. The company, which owns its own boats, offers small-group guided snorkeling tours in the waters around Ishigaki Island. They offer both full-day courses as well as morning and afternoon half-day courses. They also offer underwater scooter tours, night snorkeling tours in the shallows, and skin diving tours.

    今回の石垣島で一番気になってて予約をしました。 普段スイミングスクールをかねて練習に行くプールの生徒さんの集まりの方で2人が石垣島で泳ぐお店ならここと進めて貰い予約をしました。 トリップアドバイザーを見ている限り評判が賛否なのでどうかなぁと思ったのですが 大成功です! まず言えているのが電話対応がとてもわかりやすいので迎えに来てもらったのですが誠実にハキハキしてて船での船酔いをしないようにある程...

  • Barabidoo Tourist Farm
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Ishigaki-shi Tonoshiro 2212
    This orchard in Tonoshiro, Ishigaki City grows pineapples, mangoes, and other fruits. Visitors can also tour the orchard and purchase freshly-harvested fruit at its attached rest house, which also serves fruit assortments, tropical fruit juice, and other items.

    石垣ダムから徒歩15分くらいで行けるはずだったのですが、入り口を見過ごしてしまって87号線まで行ってしまい戻る羽目になり、結局40分くらいかかってしました。間違えようのない単純なルートなのですが情けない話でした。観光農園と書いてありましたが、自家農園を開放しているような感じで、素朴な雰囲気が良かったです。

  • Oku Yanbaru no Sato
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Kunigami-gun Kunigamison Oku 1280-1
    This lodging facility located in the Oku Community of Kunigami Village offers guests the chance to stay in an Okinawan-style cottage. The cottages are equipped with baths and toilets, a barbeque terrace, and a kitchen and dining room. Guests can cook for themselves or order breakfast and dinner for an additional charge, and they can also enjoy a barbeque if they bring in materials. Pets are allowed to stay in the cottages, although they are not allowed inside the bedrooms. Guests can also play in the river that flows in front of the cottages. The visitor's center, which also serves as the reception and administrative office, features a small library and other facilities. Guests can enjoy themselves in a rich natural environment.

    ここには、沖縄北部の歴史が知れる博物館があるのだが、僕が訪れたのはその博物館。宿泊はしていない。 沖縄住民ではない僕にとっては、第2次世界大戦が終わったあとでも、しばらくは那覇から沖縄北部に陸路で訪れる事ができなかったのは驚きだった。 最初の道路は米軍の軍政下でできたらしい。 それまでは、この辺りは陸でつながってはいるが、離れ小島のようだったそうだ。 稲嶺元沖縄県知事が、辺野古新基地を軍民共...

  • Miyara Farm
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Ishigaki-shi Arakawa 1134
    This direct sales parlor is part of the guava farm run by the Miyara family all on western Ishigaki Island. Guests can enjoy seasonal items such as guava, shima pineapple, and other fruit juices made fresh to order, frappes, herbal teas, and more while taking in views of the ocean. They also sell processed products made with fruits and herbs grown on the farm. The family's daughter and son, who happen to be potters, run the attached pottery, Anpal Tobo. Visitors can view and purchase the works on display in the shop.

    We ordered the grava frappe and it is really nice. Must try! Its a small farm but shop owner (old woman) is very nice.

  • Toushingama Tsuboya pottery
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nakagamigunyomitanson Zakimi 2898
    This pottery, which specializes in Okinawa’s representative Yachimun-style pottery, fires its creations in a traditional “Noborigama” ascending kiln, which is very rare nowadays. It fashions many different items using this traditional method, including sake jars for holding awamori (millet brandy). It also hosts pottery classes in its workshop to spread the appeal of Yachimun, allowing visitors the chance to make plates, cups, handmade shisa (Okinawan lions), and more. Visitors can also observe the creation process.

    工場見学や陶芸体験ができる他、やちむんカフェ群青が併設されていて食事も楽しむことができます。読谷のやちむんの里の側ですが少し距離があるので車で移動が必要。

  • Yukui Iriomote Island's dyeing and weaving遯カ遖ーands on art studio
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Yaeyamaguntaketomichou Haimi 201-53
    This workshop is located near Iriomotejima-Jungle Hotel Painumaya and offers visitors a chance to create their own dyed fabric. You can create dyed textiles using a combination of mangrove bark and seawater that never creates the same pattern twice, as well as straps, mini tapestries made using a loom, and many other handcrafted goods. You can also purchase handwoven coasters and T-shirts that use dyes created from island plants.
  • Ajima Pavilion
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Shimajirigunkumejimachou Nakadomari 966-33
    This activity and exchange facility is operated by the Kume Island Town Tourism Association. The association offers various programs, including a “Kume Island School” program that lets visitors interact with island locals and teaches them about the island’s culture, industries, and history (reservation required). There is also a dining hall that provides island cuisine, stores that carry specialty products, and multi-purpose spaces.
  • Gala Aoi Umi
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nakagamigunyomitanson Takashiho 915
    Gala Aoi Umi is an interactive facility beside the sea in Takashiho, Yomitan Village. There is a salt processing factory, an atelier, a studio for Ryukyu glass and pottery, marine services, “coral field” for cultivating coral, and various kinds of production, snorkeling and coral seedlings can be experienced. It also has an ocean view restaurant which takes advantage of its position, a pizza shop as well as an ice cream shop where a salt ice cream using Okinawa’s sea salt can be enjoyed.
  • Churakaji Okinawa Art Experience
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 3-2-50
    Churakaji Okinawa Art Experience is a hands-on studio where you can experience making various Okinawan arts and crafts without booking. There are plenty of hands-on options such as making Ryukyu glass and glass beads, painting shisa (Okinawan lions) or making a decorated music box, and the price is reasonable. Work you have done can be taken home with you. Glasswork and the trendy “EM ice cream” are also sold. The barrier-free studio is accessible for wheelchairs or similar.
  • Ryukyu Gama Shisa Experience
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Kunigami-gun Nakijin Mura Imadomari 612-2
    This facility specializing in shisa (guardian lions) is located along Prefectural Route 84 in Biimata, Nago City. In Okinawa’s largest shisa shop, they carry over 10,000 shisa made by the hands of artists throughout the prefecture. In addition, there is also a theater where you can learn the history of shisa and an experiential workshop where you can make them.
  • Onna Glass Studio
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Prefecture Onna village arrival 85
    While there are many facilities where you can enjoy Ryukyu glass-making experiences, this workshop is where staff always provide support, and you can experience the entire process from winding up the glass to coloring and shaping it yourself. The facilities are accessible, and final reception ends at 9:30 pm, making it very convenient. Make your own original Ryukyu glass from their rich lineup.

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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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