Japanese DinnerAugust 15, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C
Egg drop soup
Egg drop soup
Taking advantage of the Covid situation, I went to Naha, Okinawa. From the airport, the bus took me through some US military bases and dropped me off Kokusaidori. The place was a ghost town, pretty much all the shops were closed except for this one ramen restaurant where I had my late lunch. Definitely a different Okinawa all together. I went to my hotel, a pretty good one that was extremely cheap just because of the pandemic, but it was still closed for check-in so I went to a nearby temple garden tourist spot only to find out it was closed. Looks like the day was not going to be too eventful. I was able to check-in and unwind for a while playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons on my Switch until night came. I went out to meet with Eliska, again! She was also in Okinawa so we decided to go grab something to eat which ended up being ramen (again!). We caught up with what was happening so far in our lives and planned what to do tomorrow before I went back to my place.Read more
Early morning, I got up and went out to get some breakfast at Mos Burger and met up with Eliska at Kokusaidori to head to the bus terminal going to the beach. On the bus, one of my job agents called me since I was job hunting at that time though at that point not really. We went to Moon Beach first, the place was absolutely devoid of any other human. We pretty much had the whole place to ourselves, it was a bit chilly but it was still a beautiful beach. We spent an hour or so here before heading to the next beach near Sheraton at San Marina.
This area was huge and breathtaking with turquoise waters and wonderful cloud formations, the pictures were marvelous. We went around the area and even inside the restricted zones, we climbed the lighthouse and walked across the wooden bay walk seeing different kinds of fish swimming under the crystal clear waters. We were in for a bigger surprise as we saw through the bushes that the beach does in fact stretch further for a couple of more kilometers. We left our things at one of the tables seeing as there was nobody there anyway, even the hotel itself was closed. We walked and walked and the landscapes seemed to change every few meters. The beach was very dynamic with lots of different rock formations, caves and wildlife. All in all, it was one of the best beaches in Okinawa so far. As it was getting dark, we decided to head home. I remember getting some okonomiyaki for dinner and also realizing that I couldn't withdraw money from the ATM so I had to call my bank to have it fixed, luckily they were still taking phone calls even late at night and managed to sort things out.Read more
I went to Araha Park first and checked out Araha beach which was unfortunately close. It was pretty weird to see a beach closed because of covid but I guess it is what it is. I stuck around for a bit before going to Manza beach, the beach was very chill and empty as always. There were a lot of sea life swimming about, the most interesting one was the sea rabbit that sprayed a red smokescreen as I accidentally touched it, I waded through the water to reach the island at the other side, the rocks were really spikey so I was glad I was wearing my slippers, not to mention the spiky sea urchins littered all around. It was fun but after awhile I decided to go to where Eliska was at Cape Maeda.
Cape Maeda proved to be the absolute best place in Okinawa mainland. It was lowtide but the ocean left a lot of leftover springs in its wake, there were caves and alcoves that housed a myriad of colorful fish and sea creatures, it was like a natural aquarium. I jumped from one puddle to the next, taking a peak through the crystal clear water of the ecosystem happening below it. It was quite tempting to jump right in but at the same time, the water was very cold. There were unique rock formations all around the beach, I have never seen anything like it. After exploring for some time, I went back to Eliska's to catch up. We then went up to the cape area, it was quite rocky but the view of the ocean was spectacular. As the sun set, we grabbed some pizza for dinner and waited for our bus to arrive, which operated at an island schedule as in it was quite late which made us very nervous if we were going to end up stuck here but in the end it came. I offered Eliska a place to stay in exchange for the time she hosted me and Kara. She was planning on camping but she took my offer.Read more
Eliska and I went out to get breakfast in the form of spam sushi, one of Okinawa's delicacies. We said our good byes here as Eliska was going to another place while I had to catch a flight to Osaka so I decided to hang about Kokusaidori. It was raining heavily throughout the day and it was also very cold, I had to find shelter so I ended up spending a lot of hours in Don Quijote. After a bit more, I decided to just go to the airport and played some Animal Crossing to pass the time.Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Okinawa Shi, 沖縄