In April me and my two Chinese and two Taiwanese friends travelled to the tropical island of Okinawa. It has been my dream for years to travel there, and now that I was already in the Southern Japan it would be easier and cheaper to access there than it was before from Kyoto or Tokyo. We stayed in the main island of Okinawa for three nights and got a great deal from a travel agency – it only cost us around 28 000 yen (280 euros) each for three nights in a beach hotel, the return flights and a rental car. The trip was more awesome than I could have imagined.
The flight took us about two hours to the capital of Okinawa. Okinawa is a part of Japan but it’s heavily influenced by the Chinese culture and they even have their own dialect which in my opinion can be called a language, since it’s impossible to understand for the Japanese living in the mainland. This dialect is mostly spoken on the smaller islands, so I didn’t have any problems with the language while visiting the main island of Okinawa.
Our hotel was perfect and it was located right next to an emerald coloured sea and a white sanded beach. Besides bathing in the sun we visited some sights in Okinawa as well including a huge aquarium, fruits land and a castle which gate is featured in the rare 2 000 yen bill.
Since one of my Taiwanese friends had an international drivers license, it was convenient for us to move from one place to another by a rental car. The attractions on the main island of Okinawa are a bit far away from each other, but if you have a car, you can access them easily.
I fell in love with Okinawa and I’ll definitely travel there again in the future.