Guest Houses in Okinawa
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Musubiya Guesthouse Okinawa (Nakijin)
- Thinking about accommodation next to the ocean, in a secluded area with a private beach, and you could be thinking it is a pricey proposition and out of a budget-conscious traveler’s plan. Well, if you are traveling to the Nakijin District in Okinawa then think again because Musubiya Guesthouse awaits. Tucked away on a hidden seaside cliff, Musubiya Guesthouse is the brainchild of Hioki-san, a former professional trapeze artist who decided to create a guesthouse where travelers could relax by the ocean and enjoy international communication by sharing the space with people from all around the world. Musubiya Guesthouse Okinawa Musubiya is a cozy guesthouse sitting on the edge of a cliff, with ocean views on one side and mountain views on the other. At this rustic beach house, guests can choose from private rooms with futons or beds from 2,500 to 3,500 yen per person, or dormitory-style accommodation for 2,200 yen per person. The private rooms are large and some of them have direct access to the yard on the ocean side. The comfort is such in these rooms that you are tempted to just hang out there during the stay. Besides the sleeping area, guests can relax in the living room equipped with comfy seats and a small library, chill on the hammock in the front yard, or wander freely around the yard and down to the private beach. Musubiya Guesthouse Okinawa ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
Stay at the Spice Motel
- Situated in the central heart of Okinawa is the Spice Motel, one of the prefecture’s most interesting accommodation options. The motel was originally built when the U.S. was occupying Okinawa. Since its creation an architectural design office has renovated it into a boutique motel, where its rich heritage remains intact. This US/Japan hybrid motel features double, twin, and triple bedrooms as well as original rooms that have been renovated in the image of its 1970s era incarnation. It’s the perfect option for short-term visitors, long-term travelers, and even locals looking for a little central beach style getaway. Located in Kitanakagusuku, just 5 km from the iconic Nakagusuku Castle, Jinguji Temple, and Okinawa Zoo and 18 km from Naha Airport, the hotel’s central location is just one of its many perks. If you need a home base for daily explorations throughout Okinawa there’s free private parking and plenty of luggage storage space on site. For guidance on what to see and do in the area, the hotel’s friendly and welcoming staff are on hand ready to arm you with all the information you need to make the most of your time on this beautiful island. With a stunning terrace, cozy café and rooftop bath, be warned it’ll be difficult to leave. Spice Motel Spice Motel The two most unique points of the hotel are its incredibly cute retro architectural style and beautiful location. The rooms look like they’ve been torn straight out of 1970s era interior design magazines, think mustard yellow quilt sets and rich burnt orange embellishments, though it’s the deck that really steals guest's hearts. Nestled in a cozy hillside forest, overlooking the Ginowan and Chantan area, the breathtaking views of the local surrounds are viewable from the common deck, which is the perfect location to kick back and relax after a long day of sightseeing and exploring the city. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
Budget Guesthouses in Okinawa
- Being the tourism hot spot that it is, Okinawa has numerous accommodation options, especially when it comes to beach resorts. As good as these resort are, taking this route can end up being pricey and at times hard to get if not booked well in advance. Fortunately Okinawans are also riding the guesthouse wave and several budget guesthouses have sprouted up around the islands, offering economical rooms and unique experiences. Here are some recommendations. SORA HOUSE. Guesthouse in Naha City. Sora House is a great option if you want to enjoy the lively vibe around the city. It is situated a five minute walk from Miebashi Station on the Yui Rail monorail line making it easy to get to and from Naha Airport, and other important sights like Shurijo Castle Park. It is also within close distance to Kokusai Dori and countless entertainment options in the area. SoraHouseGuesthouse Inside the guesthouse you’ll find a cozy lounge and dining area both open daily until midnight. Travelers gather here at the end of the day, and making connections with other people from around the world is quite common and one of the main highlights of Sora House. Accommodation is available in dormitory rooms for 1,800 per night on the mix-gender floor and 2,000 yen per night for the female-only dormitory, and private rooms for between 2,250 and 3,500 yen per person depending on the setup. SoraHouseGuesthouse Little Asia Guesthouse in Central Naha If we were to make “top 5” lists of guesthouse in Okinawa, this one would probably top the list as the most sociable and affordable guesthouse in Naha. At Little Asia, the environment is set for people to interact with each other thanks to the board games available in the lounge as well as the guesthouse’s very own rooftop bar. This means that without too much effort you’ll end up meeting random travelers while sipping a few glasses of awamori and can continue the fun with some good, old-fashioned games until the early hours of the morning. All this fun for only 1,200 per night for dormitory accommodation, or 2,500 yen per night for a private room. LittleAsiaGuesthouse Churayado Guesthouse in Ishigaki Island. Churayado is located in the centre of town and has convenient access to the island’s entertainment district and Ishigaki Port. Here you’ll find three types of accommodation depending on the desired level of privacy: dormitory rooms (1,800 - 2,100 yen per night) shared with 3-5 other people; single capsule rooms, where you’ll have the privacy of your own capsule within a larger room (2,100 to 2,400 yen per night); and private rooms, where you’ll enjoy a similar level of privacy as the capsule but in a much larger space (3,000 to 3,300 yen per night). ChurayadoGuesthouseIshigaki Guesthouse Akorclor Iriomote This charming guesthouse located on the Iriomote Island is perfect for those interested in a more intimate style of accommodation yet still on the economical side. Staying here feels more like renting your own little villa close to the ocean, perfect if you want to disconnect from the outside world. The price per person per night at 5,000 yen※ is higher than the other guesthouses mentioned, yet the facilities and the amenities included make it a great value proposition. Keep in mind also that depending on the number of nights and people sharing the room, the price could go down to 2,800 yen per person※. Akorclor also offers free pick-up and drop-off at the port, as well as other services including rental snorkeling equipment and fishing tours.※Depending on the season Guesthouse Acorclor Iriomote ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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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