Murasaki Mura: A Trip Down Memory Lane
by Louise Dupuy
Murasaki Mura is the reconstruction of a traditional Ryukyu village. Originally built in 1992 for “Ryukyu No Kaze” (Wind Of The Ryukyu’s), a popular drama series, it is now a hot spot for tourists.
Entrance is only 500 yen per adult, and allows you full access to the grounds. There’s plenty of parking, a big gift shop with attached restaurant, and it’s mostly either flat or with sloping roads, so not bad for strollers and wheelchairs. Bring extra yen though, because one of the main attractions is the chance to try your hand at traditional crafts, all of which are extra (and can be pricey). Give pottery a whirl, paint a pair of Shisa to protect your home, dabble in Bingata, blow some glass, or make your own candles, amongst other things. These are great for all ages, and a lasting, personal reminder of Okinawa.
If you don’t feel like being creative, you can always enjoy a meal at the inn. Sit at a low table in the traditional manner, be served an Okinawan staple like Soba, or partake in Japanese tea. Not peckish? Then simply enjoy the beauty of your surroundings. Although it is a reconstruction, and not an original structure, it’s executed perfectly, and it is very pretty.
Price: 500 yen per adult, crafts extra.
Accepts: Yen only