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Okinawa

 

Okinawa (沖縄) is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and is a chain of islands far to the south-west of Kyushu.


The name Okinawa means "rope in the open sea", a fairly apt description of this long stretch of islands between the four main islands of Japan and Taiwan. Consisting of 49 inhabited islands and 111 uninhabited islands, Okinawa has a subtropical/tropical climate. Unlike the other Japanese subtropical/tropical islands such as Ogasawara Islands, Amami Islands and Tokara Islands, there are frequent flights from all the major cities of Japan, which helps Okinawa remain one of the major tourist destinations for the Japanese. Every year there are more and more foreign visitors going to Okinawa but the number still remains low compared to the tourist destinations on mainland Japan.

So, for this time, we will arrange an optional city visiting, which will guide you to experience the unique culture of this Japanese island as you select from among activities like the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shuri Castle, Churaumi Aquarium, and much more. Private vehicle transport and a driver are included, and an optional guide is also available.

The Detailed arrangement is as below:

The tour guide will pick you up at 8:30am in the Mercure Okinawa Naha Hotel. Please arrive at the conference lobby before 8:30am.
 

Ancient Yu Li Bridge (Island)
The bridge that spans a beautiful blue ocean and is about 2 kilometers long connects Iwadajima Island and Kourijima Island, which has Okinawa version of the myths of Adam and Eve.
 

It is the second largest bridge in the Okinawa Prefecture that connects to the island. The beauty of the "Kuriyo Bridge" is a popular attraction in Okinawa. On the other side of the bridge is Kourijima, which has the origin of humanity. Adam and Eve of the legendary Okinawa, Uminai and Umiki, descended from heaven and lived and prospered.

Aqualuce Chapel
Located in Manza Seaside Resort, it is a popular resort hotel on the west coast of Okinawa's main island. The theme of the church is "Aqua" and "Luce". The front window of the altar is a floor-to-ceiling window of up to 10 meters. You can see the sun, the clear blue sky and the clear blue water in the church, and blend into one.
Many newcomers will choose to host a wedding here, and take the virgin road in the solemn violin of the organ. In front of you is an unobstructed view of the sea. It will definitely impress you. At night, in the candlelight, the church is dreamlike and can hold a romantic night wedding to light the happiness of the two.

Cape Zampa
Cape Zampa are the theme often expressed in Ryukyu classical music. It was already a tourist attraction long ago.
The steep cliffs here are full of bountifulness. It is surrounded by many excellent fishing spots and diving spots, and the tourism facilities are also sound. It is where people love to go.


Lunch Time (12:00-13:00)
The lunch will not be included.

Kadena Air Force Base
Kadena Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base in the towns of Kadena and Chatan and the city of Okinawa, in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Kadena Air Base is home to the USAF's 18th Wing, the 353d Special Operations Group, reconnaissance units, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery, and a variety of associated units. Over 20,000 American servicemembers, family members, and Japanese employees live or work aboard Kadena Air Base. It is the largest and most active US Air Force base in the Far East.

Cape Manzamo
Cape Manzamo (万座毛, Manzamou lit. "a field for 10,000 people to sit") is a scenic rock formation on Okinawa Island, Japan. It is located near Onna Village (恩納村 Onna-son, Okinawan: Unna) in the Kunigami District of Okinawa Prefecture. Cape Manzamo is one of the most popular places among both Japanese and international travelers who visit Okinawa Island.


Boshang Palace
Boshang Palace is one of the Okinawan Clubs and is a famous shrine in Okinawa Prefecture. Built on a cliff opposite the sea, the opposite side of the sea is an ideal township, a land of sea gods. He prayed for the safety of life and the harvest of agriculture and fisheries in front of the god of the sea “NIRAIKANAI”. The first month the Ryukyu Kings will visit this place to pray for prosperity and peace in the country. It is presumed that it was founded at the end of the 14th century.

After the one day tour finished, the tour guide will send you back to Mercure Okinawa Naha Hotel.