Enjoy Taketomi Island, Okinawa during the winter season! Hoshinoya “Picnic Joshikai” will be held

18.October.2017 | SPOT

The resort in Okinawa, Taketomi Island “Hoshinoya Taketomijima” will offer a program titled, “Maboroshi no Shima no Picnic Joshikai” targeting busy women from the 1st of December 2017 to the 28th of February 2018.

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Taketomi Island is a popular spot as a winter refuge since the average high temperature during the winter season exceeds 20℃. Visitors of the resort can enjoy the warm sun’s rays even in winter. You can also enjoy picnicing and coral snorkel which cannot be enjoyed during the summer season.

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Winter girls’ party / point 1: Winter is the best time to enjoy an island holiday.

The Yaesan area has a subtropical climate area and is warm throughout the year. The sun’s rays during the winter is warm and you can enjoy the island without the tourist crowds.

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Winter girls’ party / point 2: Enjoy Yaesan’s nature during the winter

Ultraviolet rays are not so strong during the winter season (December to February) on the island, therefore you don’t have to be as careful of about getting a sun burn while staying on the beach. Why not enjoy marine sports such as snorkeling and diving.

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Winter girls’ party / point 3 / Enjoy chatting at nighttime

The sunset in Yaesan is an hour after the sunset of Tokyo. An extraordinary atmosphere where you can hear nothing else but the sounds of nature can be enjoyed during the nighttime since the island does not have many street lights. The starry sky of Yaessan was designated as a “Dark Sky Place” (a place where a beautiful starry sky can be viewed) by IDA (International Dark-Sky Association). You can see all 21 stars of the first magnitude and 84 star-signs (out of 88). From late December to May, you can also see the Southern Cross. Why not chat with your friends while watching the beautiful starry sky?

 

Hoshinoya Taketomijima has a rental cycle system for guests who want to go into the town. You can enjoy the island while riding a bicycle. Moreover, you can rent a charter boat at Taketomi Island and visit “Maboroshi no Shima,”a crescent moon-shaped deserted island while enjoying the view of the clear blue colored sea. (it takes about 20 minutes to get to “Maboroshi no Shima”). A picnic set where you can enjoy the sea of Yaesan is offered too. After picnicking, it is recommended to enjoy marine sports such as snorkeling and diving. There are about 400 kinds of corals living in the marine area between Ishigaki Island and Iriomote Island and is known as one of the most beautiful marine areas in the world.

 

The resort also offers chocolate, fresh herb tea using herbs grown inside the facility and sparkling wine after dinner. You can enjoy a quite relaxing time after eating dinner under the beautiful sky.

 

Let’s enjoy Taketomi Island during the winter season.

 

■Information

Date: 2017,12,1 to 2018,2,28 (except 2017,12,23 to 2018,1,7 / 1,13 to 1,20)

Contents: charter boat (with a guide), picnic set (with light food), snorkel experience, after dinner set

Fee: 38,000 yen per person (tax, service fee, staying fee and fee for meals are not included, the group has to include more than three persons, up to eight persons)

※Reservations must be made a week before visiting the resort. ※the resort might shut down depending on weather condition

Things you should bring: bathing suit, clothes that are OK to get wet (snorkel set and wet suits can be rented)

 

Examples of schedule

<First day>

15:00 Check in チェックイン

15:30 Touring the island on a rental cycle

16:45 Watching Yunagi no Uta

19:00 Dinner (extra fee must be paid))

 

<Second day>

08:00 Breakfast (extra fee must be paid)

09:30 Departing Hoshinoya Taketomijima Visiting Maboroshi no Shima using a charter boat

13:30 Coming back to Hoshinoya Taketomijima

18:00 Dinner (extra fee must be paid)

21:00 After dinner

 

<Third day>

07:00 Breakfast (extra fee must be paid)

08:00 Touring around the island on a water-buffalo carriage

12:00 Check out

 

Hoshino Resort:http://www.hoshinoresort.com/

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    This first annual Okinawa E-Motion will take place from May 18 to June 2 with a host of events themed around food, music and art. It will begin with the opening event “Magic Beach & Beach Bar Walk” which combines food with magic. This will be followed by a string of exciting events including KPP CAMP organised by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Bar Walk Naha hosted by several restaurants in Okinawa’s capital of Naha, ASOBEACH!!! where artists and DJs will come together to hold an outdoor music festival, the popular food festival OKINAWA FOODO FLEA and more. There will also be marine activities, the Art Spot―the list goes on.

    May 25th – KPP CAMP

    KPP CAMP is a music event organised by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. This is the second time she has held the event, the first being back in June last year at Hibiya Open Air Concert Hall. The theme this year is “unique combinations.”

    Artists performing at the event include the genius singer-songwriter Shota Shimizu and the bear-masked female singer Koresawa who’s voice can be described nothing short of addictive. Enjoy this one-night-only special event outdoors in Okinawa on the first ever summer of Japan’s new Reiwa period!

     

    Ryukyu Nissan DAYZ Presents KPP CAMP in OKINAWA ~Renai tte Issei Muzukashii Desu yo ne Hen~
    Date:  May 25, 2019
    Time: Open 15:00 / Start 16:00
    Venue: Ginowan Seaside Park, Okinawa
    Line-Up: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Shota Shimizu, Koresawa
    Ticket Price: Reserved Seating ¥5,000 (Tax Included) / Student Reserved Seating ¥4,000 (Tax Included) *Student ID required
    Ticket Release Date: April 26, 2019

    Pre-Sale Ticket Window: April 5, 2019 at 18:00 – April 9, 2019 at 23:59 (via KPP Fan Club and KPP CAMP)
    KPP Fan Club: https://kyary.net/
    KPP CAMP Official Pre-Sale: https://pia.jp/v/kppcamp19hp/

    *Applications for an exclusive JTB Entertainment access tour open on April 12 when buying pre-sale tickets on KPP CAMP via: https://jtb-entertainment.net/tour/2019/kpp/ (Link available from April 12 at 17:00 JST). Please note that concert tickets are not included with the access tour plan.

    *Those aged 4+ years must hold a valid ticket. Those aged 3 years and under must sit on a parent or guardian’s lap. However, where a seat is required, a valid t icket must be held

    *Event will go ahead if it rains but be cancelled during stormy weather.

    Enquiries: PM AGENCY – TEL: 098-898-1331 (Weekdays 10:00-18:00) / https://www.pmnet.co.jp

     

     

    May 25th – Bar Walk Naha

    Bar Walk Naha is a popular food event that has been held 6 times to date. The team behind it came up with the concept of bringing together famous restaurants people have always wanted to visit as well as great restaurants people never knew about. Attendees are given a guide map to five restaurants for this bar-crawl-like event. Experience the culture of Naha while chowing down on new gourmet delights!

     

    June 1st & 2nd – ASOBEACH!!! / OKINAWA FOOD FLEA

    ASOBEACH!!! is an outdoor music festival that has garnered huge reception as a long-running event. It will serve as the main event to wrap up Okinawa E-Motion. It will be held alongside OKINAWA FOOD FLEA at Nami no Ue Umisora Park.

    Plenty of other events are lined up on the scheduled too. For full details of everything going on check the campaign’s official website.

  • TripAdvisor Ranks Okinawa’s Top 20 Hotels for 2019

    29.March.2019 | SPOT

    TripAdvisor has released its list of top twenty most popular hotels to visit with the family as ranked by users.

     

    The website carried out a survey recently and found the top three most popular places for families to travel to in Japan were Okinawa, Tokyo and Kyoto. Okinawa proves to be a popular travel destination for families both inside and outside Japan.

    1st Place: Hotel Nikko Alivila Yomitan Resort Okinawa (Yomitan, Nakagami)

    The number one hotel in Okinawa for families as ranked by TripAdvisor is Hotel Nikko Alivila Yomitan Resort Okinawa in the village of Yomitan. Guests comment on the hotel’s indoor and outdoor bools, the beach right next door with the beautiful ocean, a restaurant that serves baby food, and more. Their service was praised for catering to entire families.

     

    The results for the other nineteen hotels can be found at the link below. If you’re considering travelling to Okinawa be sure to use it as reference.

  • Starbucks to Open First Northern Okinawa Branch in Motobu

    25.March.2019 | SPOT / Uncategorized

    Starbucks will open a new branch in Okinawa’s northern town of Motobu on March 22, 2019 in an effort to promote sustainable development of companies and to establish a place to promote that effort to people around the world who will visit.

     

    The branch itself will be a permanent drive-through coffee shop at the Ala Mahaina Condo Hotel located near Kaiyohaku Park. The shop’s design concept is “Coffee Yuntaku.” Yuntaku is an Okinawan word which means to sit and chat together. Starbucks aims to create a place that establishes lots of communal ties to the region and its people by opening this new branch for both locals and tourists to enjoy.

     

    As customers walk up to the two-storey concrete building they are greeted by Shisa, Okinawan gods of protection. Decorating the outside wall are panels made in the image of the threads woven in the Ryukyu Kasuri style of weaving. The foundation of the building is Ryukyu limestone made from the ocean and coral reefs. These adornments give this Starbucks branch a more local and regional.

    Starbucks announced in July last year that it aims to abolish the use of plastic straws at all of its branches by the end of 2020. Plastic is used and thrown away in Japan too, so to cut the amount of plastic, Starbucks Motobu is arranging to contribute to the development of sustainable development companies. As part of the action to combat plastic waste, the branch will use plastic that has found its way into the ocean as material for creating original art.

     

    Japanese artist Yodogawa Technique creates art from rubbish and driftage from both inside and outside Japan. Under his wing, the Okinawan baristas will work together with the locals to clean the beaches of plastic.

    Yodogawa carried out a workshop with elementary school kids in Motobu to create little art pieces from plastic which were used to form one giant piece of fish art.

     

    The tables on the first floor of the coffee shop are also made by Okinawan artisans using Okinawan pine.

     

    If you’re ever in Okinawa, be sure to stop by the community-driven Starbucks in Motobu.

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