Okinawa Trip! including Bios on the Hill where I walk a goat

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No edit, right before landing. So gorgeous :alpaca:

Okinawa has been super high on my bucket list of Japan for so long! That I went still shocks me! I had wanted to go for years but the cost of hotels and airfare are both usually crazy, but since a ton of budget airlines have moved into Japan it’s made it so much cheaper to fly to Okinawa. My flight cost: $175 via Jetstar and Peach. If you’re a foreigner ANA and JAL visitor deals (visitor visa required) to always keep it at around $210 USD, too.

I went with my girl Lucie and it was our second time traveling together. We make good travel companions. Our tiredness just makes us more sarcastic, usually towards each other :cat: She told me I was spending too much time primping and goes “Hurry up Scubasa.” ….best damn pun ever for gal and beach. I live for Scubasa.

Sadly since it’s an ocean resort a lot of things I did I couldn’t capture on film. :heartbreak:

Like:

:bow: Lucie’s first time kayaking and my first time trying to kayak in the ocean!
:bow: Getting an amazing massage, body scrub and sauna

and best of all

:bow: We got a private boat trip to snorkel! For only $30 each we signed up for the group trip but it ended up being only Lucie, me and the driver! Such good timing! During our trip our scuba our driver (and diver) picked up a blue starfish and put it on his head like a hairpin. So hilarious! Why did I not buy a waterproof camera for these things :heartbreak: We also got to feed fish and watch them follow us which as great!

A lot of the days were overcast, but islands tend to do that. :sweatbubble:
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Lucie in Black Milk and GOA walking to the lighthouse

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Walking on the beach after our relaxing massages and body scrubs.

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The great weather day when we decided to kayak, swim and snorkel. Our footprints look pretty cool  :stars:

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Finishing off the day at our balcony with shells Lucie collected and Okinawa’s beer Orion.

Okinawa Bios on the Hill

Most of the time we were enjoying beach activities and eating tons, but the last day we decided to be a tourist and go to Okinawa Bios on the Hill (site) and then into Naha (where I was at NAHA OPA). Bios on the Hill is set up to be a natural area that shows you the good things about Okinawan culture and the ecosystem. You can be driven around by a water buffalo, go on a river cruise and learn about the language (that really cracked up the Japanese kids) and music. Here’s the English map to show you more. Lucie and I had a really fun time and for 1,200 yen it’s definitely worth a visit.

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Traditional Okinawan dance and costume as well as the gorgeous flowers on the river cruise.

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Orchids were everywhere in Bios. It was really gorgeous to walk around in.

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One of the highlights was you got to feed and walk a goat. Above is my sweet goat who walked better than my basset hound. I love goats!

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After walking goats and being in the humidity we cooled down. Lucie got Yuzu ice and Ramune

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And me the addict of traditional cuisine got red bean and mochi ice with Sanpin-cha. Which is Okinawan’s own Jasmine tea.

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 The orchid lined path to their gift shop. I love the woody overhang.

A little note before about awesome Okinawans (especially their cab drivers):

Before I went to Okinawa I was a little unsure how I would be treated since I’m an American and the Air Force base has caused a lot of political upheaval (which is seriously the largest base I’ve ever seen). But everyone was super nice. We got a cab to drive us from our hotel to Bios on the Hill and our cabbie was so nice chatting us up and was worried about us getting another cab from Bios into town, so he gave us his card and then he gave a card to the Bios staff just in case we lost ours. Then he told them to take of us. True to his word he picked us up. Really such a nice guy who actually was listening to American country music :lolpastel:

From Naha to the airport I got another cab and I was stuck next to one protest car in traffic (more like Pro Japan military car) and I kept quiet but the cabbie says to me “Look at that fool. What an idiot.” He turned what was a kind of awkward situation into one I smile about now.

10 Comments

  1. October 9, 2013 / 11:09 pm

    Such lovely pictures! <3
    I also went to Okinawa a while ago but unfortunately a typhoon also came just at that time so most of the time me and my friend had to stay inside or got completely soaked whenever we went outside T^T

    • Mitsu
      October 9, 2013 / 11:38 pm

      Oh man!! I swear islands are so hectic like that. I’ve also been to Guam and Hawaii and I both times I was snorkeling on both islands I got rained on. Not a typhoon but the most fickle weather. I’m sorry weather had to shut-in your trip! It’s really a pain when weather and travel don’t go together. :(

    • Mitsu
      October 10, 2013 / 12:06 pm

      OMG I have no faith in that! Precious camera T_T Although next time I go somewhere I will buy a disposable to develop. Real film is kind of fun :)

  2. Julia
    October 10, 2013 / 9:49 am

    those pictures are so gorgeous ♥

    • Mitsu
      October 10, 2013 / 12:06 pm

      Happy to share and have been there :)

  3. shiki
    October 10, 2013 / 1:52 pm

    I love seeing photos and blog posts of your travel adventures. :yayblush: It gives me ideas for my future trip. These photos are just so gorgeous!

    • Mitsu
      October 11, 2013 / 11:46 am

      Thank you for enjoying and saying so! :)

  4. October 10, 2013 / 2:43 pm

    Ohh, what lovely photos ♥♥ I stayed in Okinawa for 6 weeks as an exchange student in high school, and it was just the best experience. It’s so different than being on the mainland, the people are different, the food is different…haha, being a high-schooler, at first I was upset I wouldn’t the typical or traditional Japanese experience, but I ended up falling in love with the unique, beautiful island♥ I didn’t go to the Bios Hill place, how interesting!! I did get to visit Shuri-jo Castle and the Aquarium (there was a Okinawan history part of the Aquarium gardens, too, that was really fun). I saw in your previous posts that the Naha OPA closed, how sad! That was where I bought my first Baby the Stars Shine Bright items ;~; I always wanted to go back, aww.

    When I was there, it was right after there was an incident with a US marine and an Okinawan girl, and I was sort of expecting to receive some comments or a certain attitude, but there was none. I talked to my host sister and her friends a little bit about how they felt about the American presence and it seems that while they don’t want the military there, individuals visiting are just individuals. I think most Okinawans probably dislike the mainland Japanese more than Americans, at least that’s the impression I received (especially from older folks). I was also surprised by the “Okinawa time” of everything being 2 hours late, compared to how prompt everything I experienced in Tokyo was. How hospitable people were, and how proud of their hospitality (I ended up staying with a friend’s family for a few days because my host family was very busy with school and work and I couldn’t really go out on my own – they made a point of telling me that my host family was from the mainland, so they didn’t know anything about how be hospitable like the Okinawans haha). Such a different place, and so beautiful.

    Thanks again for sharing! I miss Okinawa so much, and it’s so great to see other people see the special things about it ♥

  5. October 10, 2013 / 5:58 pm

    Okinawa is on my travel list. I’ve heard amazing things about the people there being extremely welcoming (which says alot considering I was blown away by normal Japanese hospitality!) and very close-knit. I consider it two perfect things in one: Japanese culture and people, and tropical water! haha! Plus, lots of fish on the menu, yum!

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