Springtime in Okinawa provides plenty of temperate weather, perfect for getting outside and exploring. The northern side of Okinawa offers much to see and do, from outdoor parks to cute cafés and restaurants. Check out our list of favorite places to visit on the northside, including must-see tourist spots and off-the-beaten-path places to tell your friends about.
Natural organic cafe nestled on Sesoko Island
Although not a patch on the pace of life on the mainland and back home, sometimes central Okinawa can get a bit overwhelming, the crush of 58 during rush hour and seemingly more and more concrete buildings every day. If this sounds familiar then taking a trip up North may be the answer, where the scenery rapidly changes and once you get past Nago the traffic eases off.
Nestled amongst the greenery on the tiny island of Sesoko with a population of only around 900 people is the delightful Fuu Cafe. It prides itself on it’s natural organic ingredients used in the menu with many items coming directly from the garden next to the cafe. It’s simply decorated inside with lots of wood, a veranda outside and a large garden with parasols and a children’s play area.
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Japan’s old capital city merges urban modernity and traditional beauty
Traveling from Okinawa to Kyoto has become more affordabe than ever, thanks to Peach Airlines. You can easily find round trip tickets to Kansai Airport in Osaka, the closest international airport to Osaka, for less than ¥10,000. Sign up for their email alerts, and you’ll find that prices can dip as low as ¥2,000, one-way.
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When life gets busy, sometimes it’s important to set aside time to disengage and re-center. Finding calm amid the chaos of working daily, raising children and pursuing our goals is certainly no easy task, but having the right atmosphere and good vibes can certainly be a good start. Kramp Coffee store in Awase is one of the few places in Okinawa that can be said to have both of these features, in addition to great food and excellent service.
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Okinawa Life Coaching private and confidential life coaching to help with many of life's challenges. They have monthly plans available as well as an interpreter for Japanese speakers. View the cards below for more info or visit their website using the buttons below.
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C&C Okinawa Moving company offers a complete moving service, whether it's a full home move or single pieces of furniture move and delivery. They can also recycle unwanted furniture. Check out their website for full details of their services.
They're a licensed removal company and offer free quotes as well as coverage across the whole island. Click the website button below for more info and to contact them via email.
Tel: (080) 4867-2735 OR (080) 3224-1563
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The weather is warming up and the dive season in Okinawa is about to get into full swing. It’s time to clean the dust off that dive gear and get back in the water. For those of us that have been braving the chilly winter waters of Okinawa it’s time to put those hoods and thick wetsuits away and dig those shorties and rash guards out of the dive locker. As the water warms up the crowds will be flocking back to the most popular spots on Okinawa. Remember that if you have taken a few months off from diving, to take it slow, or better yet contact one of the pros at Reef Encounters to schedule a refresher course to make sure you can plan those dives correctly and still recall all those emergency procedures. For those divers switching to summer weight wetsuits remember to adjust those weights belts accordingly.
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Ryukyu glass making is a relatively new Okinawan craft compared to bingata dying and ceramics. Around the start of the 20th century, Okinawan craftsmen began making practical, colorless glass items for everyday functions, like oil vessels and fly catchers.
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Once February and March roll around, we tend to forget all those rigid resolutions we set for ourselves in January, and start getting realistic. Hey, we’re all for good nutrition, but sometimes you just have to splurge. What better way to indulge yourself than trying a sweet that’s distinctly Okinawan? Whether for Valentine’s Day, White Day, or “just because”, we think these Okinawan candies will satisfy any sweet tooth.
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Sitting eight floors up, where Blueberry Café once was, 360 Grille has an unparalleled atmosphere. It’s circular layout guarantees almost every seat a panoramic view of Okinawa. In addition to it’s prime location, other aspects prove that no detail has been overlooked. Servers punch orders into tablets, and communicate via headsets. They’re also attentive—no long waits for food each time I went. Plus, doorbells on tables ensured we could easily get our server’s attention if needed. Flat screens playing nature shows line interior walls, and music playing throughout the restaurant adds to the modern vibe, too.