Thursday, May 8, 2014

#Travel - ♪ Okinawa 001~ 2 Nights 3 Days Trip! With HIS's Across No. 1 Travelling within Japan!

#Travel -  ♪ Okinawa 001~ 2 Nights 3 Days Trip! With HIS's Across No. 1 Travelling within Japan!

Emerald Blue Sea ~ Our Trip to Okinawa

In the summer, it is a dream of most people who want to do snorkeling in the blue sea of Okinawa.
How beautiful is the sea in Okinawa? 
The one who has been there would never forget the beautiful transparent sea. 
Colorful tropical fishes are swimming carefree in the sea
These make the sea more mysterious and charming.
This time we gotta make memorable trip to view the charm of Okinawa!

Start off our trip from Tokyo....
We get on the flight for Okinawa from Tokyo 
Then, rent a car after landing Okinawa!

This time, we are happy to share with everyone of 
the breathtaking and amazing views of the ocean of Okinawa while diving in the island of Kerama.
Also, there are a nice coffee shop along the bay of the emerald sea of Okinawa. 
Let's take a look of our trip then!

Our Okinawa Trip...
[Across No.1] foreigners agency operated by HIS travel Agency,
which provides travel booking services within Japan. 

If you have following questions?
-Living outside Japan, thinking of traveling to  both Tokyo and Okinawa
-Living within Japan, thinking of traveling to Okinawa
-Don't speak Japanese but thinking of playing Water sports in Okinawa
-Thinking of traveling Okinawa but no ideas of plans

That's what the same like us at the first ^^
So we applied for the tour to Okinawa 
solving all our problems!

Let's go!
It is time to enjoy swimming in the sea in summer!
Activities in the sea in Okinawa officially start from April!
Let's take a look at the emerald blue sea in Okinawa!
Why don't we have a unforgettable memories in 2014!

What was the most unforgettable memory of this trip?

The most impressive one was 
on the first day we arrived the Islands of Kerama.
On the plan of HIS ACROSS NO.1, 
we first headed to Islands of Kerama, 
it was recognized in 2014 as the beautiful islands of Japan National Park.
Therefore, attracting many diving-enthusiasts from around the world, 
like an adventure in this mysterious sea.

Tour Name: Day Trip to Kerama Islands, Diving & Snorkeling
Content: Cost including  Round-trip of boats, equipment rental, lunch and insurance
Time required: 7 hours
minimum number of participants: 1 person
Children able to participate: Over 10-year-old
Tour Fee: 9,800yen 
Available Period: April~ October

8:30  Get start at Miegusuku Port, Naha (arriving 30-min before)
9:30 Arriving Diving site  Diving & Snorkeling at Kerama
12:00 Lunch 
16:00 Back to Miegusuku Port, Naha


Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal Building

Airport: Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal Building
Departure: 8:40 Tokyo Haneda Airport
Arrivel: 11:30 Okinawa Naha Airport

Let's go to Okinawa!!

# Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal Building

Domestic Airline ~ Check-in

Check in procedure of  Japan Domestic flight looks very complicated 
Actually, it is very simple.
You don't have to show  your foreigner's residence card  and  even your passport
as long as you reserve your air tickets via Across No.1. 

1. Confirm the time of your flight

We are taking the flight of 8:30 from Haneda Airport.
Japan Domestic Flight with "SKY"logo, require to do check-in 20-min before boarding.
(LCC Flights are 40-min before)

2. Get ready of your e-ticket
With your e-ticket from Across No. 1, 
so that you don't have to show your foreigner's residence card and even your passport.
Just e-ticket to get your check-in process done.

3. QR Code
Just scanning the QR Code on your e-ticket,
select your seat
get your ticket 
Tag your baggage at the same time as well.

4. Get your boarding pass
It is simple to receive your boarding pass for domestic trip!

Anything okay for the check-in procedure?
It is more simple than what we thought for domestic travel!

Next, we were boarding!!
Okinawa Naha Airport!! 
We are coming!!!

After landing,
we were gonna rent a car to enjoy our trip in Okinawa!

# Go! Go! Waiting for us! Okinawa!


Okinawa Welcome us!!

Looking at the Okinawan movies playing in the restaurant
Listening to the Okinawan music playing around.
How different of Okinawan culture comparing to the culture in the main Island of Japan!
Even if it is Japanese, coming to Okinawa feel like a foreign country.

Okinawa dialect born out from the unique Okinawan culture!
Japanese might not even know as well.

#Naha Airport Domestic Arrival Hall

HIS operated "Across No.1" is Japan's largest travel agency specialized foreigners.
The blue big board of HIS is very eye-catching, so it is pretty easy to find!
No Worry!
Coming to this counter 
to get the information about rent a car and of course some coupons and tourist guide about traveling in Okinawa.

# Wanna rent a car?

Rent a car is the most essential way for Okinawa Travel.
No car in Okinawa might feel a little inconvenient, 
With the car in addition to accessibility, the whole trip journey will become cheaper and economic.
You can rent a car at the same time with Across No. 1
So today, we used the car of  "Travel Agency."

*Where is the rent-a-car counter at Okinawa Naha Airport?
Over 90% visitors rent a car .
But no counters are available for rental at the airport.
Car rental services are located in places with connecting bus 5-10-min away from the airport.

*How to rent a car?
-Taking shuttle bus at the 1st Floor of  airport 
-Finding the bus stop for the counter you have already made a reservation
-Confirming the reservation list
-Putting your baggage on the car, and moving to your reserved counter. 

# Car Rental -shuttle bus service

If you use rental service at Okinawa Naha Airport,
we suggest you to choose some popular rental companies.
So that you can enjoy their shuttle bus service riding from airport to their counters.
Take about 5-10 minutes.

# confirm your name 

# Getting on the shuttle bus to rental service counter

# Feel a safety to see this blue billboard on the way

You will see this blue board when you arrive the car rental service center.
That is one of the reasons we suggest Across No.1.

# Procedure of car rental
Present your international driver's license
After listening to instruction from staff,
we were excited to get this!
The fun thing to get during car rental.
All the recommendations for Okinawa Travel!!
Come and take it!

Check carefully to see if there is any scars.

Ok!! Today we were taking our Okinawa Trip by this car!

Satellite navigation services

Depending on the models, languages of satellite navigation are not the same.
Most of the vehicles are available with a number of languages!
As long as you determine your destination, it is easy to access with the navigation.
If you don't know the way to enter Japanese words,
you can type in the phone numbers or the numbers written on the map.
(Highly recommended input function)

# This is the map code

If you know the phone number of your destination and map code, 
there is no worry of communication. 
Having them with you,
rental car will take you anywhere you want to go!
How convenient!

# Driving left in Okinawa

Don't be afraid!
Just see the central line as the standard, 
driving left is simple!

People in Okinawa have a calm pace of life.
Even you drive in lower speed, the car behind you won't rush you!
No worry to rush!


Let's share our Okinawa trip!

Although it was just a 2 nights and 3 Days trip,
we spend it as locally as we thought!

The 1st Day

8:40 Take off at Tokyo Haneda Airport
11:30 arrive at Naha Airport
12:00 Rent a car
13:00 Move to Onna Village Area
14:00 Enjoy Lunch at Cafe Casalatida in front of the Sea of Okinawa
15:00 Move to Manzamou Area
16:00 Ryukyu Village (Okinawa's Ethnic Village)
18:00 Return to Hotel (Rizzan Sea Park Hotel )
19:00 Dinner at Hotel, Take walk at the beach 

The 2nd Day

7:30 Get off the hotel after breakfast
8:30 Start off to  Miegusuku Port 
Diving and Snorkeling experience at Kerama Islands
16:00 Arrive Miegusuku Port
17:00 Okinawa Awamori Liquor Factory Visit
18:00 Check in (Nest Hotel Naha)
19:00 Dinner at Izakaya Sanshin 

The 3rd Day
5:20 Moving to Sefautaki
6:00 Arrive Sefautaki
6:14 Enjoying Sunset (time for mid April.)
8:00 Walk on the beach
10:00 Rest at Coffee shop, enjoying the blue sky
11:30 Lunch at Makabechina (Okinawa Soba)
13:00 Ryukyu Glass Village
14:00 Shopping at Okinawa Outlet Ashibinaa 
17:00 Procedure to return car
18:45 Leaving Okinawa
21:15 Arriving Tokyo Haneda Airport

# Okinawa's Shisa

#Ryukyu Village

Open Hour: 8:30~17:30
Fee: Adult 1200yen / Child 600yen
Phone 098-965-1234

You can try playing Sanshin, Okinawa tradition musical instrument!

# Looking over the sea of Okinawa while enjoying Mediterranean cuisine in a cafe called [Casalatida]

Phone 098-982-5858
Open Hour Lunch (11:30-15:00)  Dinner(17:30-24:00)
Credit card is accepted

# Staying at Rizzan Sea Park Hotel 

A beach front Hotel.
Here you can enjoy a romantic sunset.
It is a large resort that many visitors to Okinawa would come to visit!
The hotel has a very diverse facilities (eight restaurants and a variety of experiential activities)
Even staying inside the resort hotel can be enjoyable then!

# Izakaya inside the hotel ! You can enjoy Okinawa Music here too!

# The spacious rooms in resort hotel

# You can see a beautiful view of the beach on the balcony of the hotel room
A spacious balcony not only allows you to enjoy the sea breeze 
You can also hang your washed swimsuit on the balcony too! lol

# Let's get drunken! Awamori!

Phone: 098-850-1257
Open Hour : 9:00~18:00

Entrance Fee: Free

# Okinawa Izakaya- Sanshin

Everyone from all over get together to drink!
That is interesting to meet new people in a journey!
Like this local Izakaya, 
it is also very popular!

# Let's dance after drinking and eating!
With some Okinawan Music

#Next Day
We stayed at Nest Hotel Naha

How impressed to see this beautiful sunrise

# Cafe "Kurukuma" along Okinawa coast
Phone: 098-949-1189
Open Hour 10:00~21:00 (Tuesday until 18:00)

#Ryukyu Village
Phone:  098-997-4784
Map Code:  232 336 227
Open Hour: 9:00~18:00
Entrance Fee : Free

# Okinawa Soba at Makabechina
Phone: 098-997-3207
Open Hour: 11:00~16:00
Parking: Free
Close: Once a month irregular day and every Wednesday
Estimated cost: 700yen

# English Menu with pictures

#Okinawa Soba at Makabechina

Let's try this local soba when you are in Okinawa

# Enjoy the shopping time in Okinawa
An outlet near airport called Ashibinaa
You can find everything here!

let's start our activities on the sea!
One Day Trip -Kerama Islands , Diving and Snorkeling

For more details

# Mysterious emerald-colored sea of Kerama Islands
Kerama Islands, which are being loved by many diving enthusiasts around the world.
You can see how transparent is the water.
A-must-see in Life!

Let's see what we experience in the sea!

Transparent blue sea in Kerama Islands
what a mysterious world!

One Day Trip - Kerama Islands , Diving and Snorkeling

Tour Name: Day Trip to Kerama Islands, Diving & Snorkeling
Content: Cost including  Round-trip of boats, equipment rental, lunch and insurance
Time required: 7 hours
minimum number of participants: 1 person
Children able to participate: Over 10-year-old
Tour Fee: 9,800yen 
Available Period: April~ October

8:30  Get start at Miegusuku Port, Naha (arriving 30-min before)
9:30 Arriving Diving site  Diving & Snorkeling at Kerama Islands
12:00 Lunch 
16:00 Back to Miegusuku Port, Naha

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