Monday, April 13, 2020
Day 6, our last day in Okinawa(travelled in January 2020). After checking out of Hotel Gracery, we dragged our bags out around 6 am and walked only about 5 mins to the monorail station. Our flight was 9 am and we need to be at the airport for security check at least two hours before departure. We managed to take the second monorail train (the first train is around 6.05 am). Surprised to see the train packed with mostly people going to the airport. Jetstar was very strict in the check in luggage weight as well as the hand carry luggage weight. We dont have a problem with the weight cause we just wore our winter coat instead of putting in our luggage hahaha (the winter coat is really heavy). After checking in our bags and collecting the boarding passes, we went to have our breakfast in the airport. There's lot of eateries and restaurants in the airport that open in the morning. Great view of the runway from the departure gate. Home Sweet Home - greeted by our Jewel at Changi International Airport on arrival. This bring me to the end of my Okinawa travel story. As the covid 19 is here to stay for some time, I wont be travelling too soon. Many countries are badly affected by the virus and many death reported. It is so sad. We are now experiencing a partial lock down in Singapore which will end on 4th May 2020. Hopefully there's no extension. I cant even go anywhere except to go to buy my groceries. I cant even visit my siblings. We have to co operate with the authorities to fight this virus. Hope all will be back to normal for the whole world . I am not sure if there's anything I will post in this travel blog since I wont be travelling for a while unless there's something interesting regarding travel, will I continued with the story writting. Thank you for visiting my blog and come back again to visit when I resume my travelling. Good heatlh and happiness to all. :)
Sunday, April 12, 2020
Our last night in Okinawa, suddenly it was raining dogs and cats. We could not walked along the street as the rain was very heavy. We were very lucky that throughtout our 5 days in Okinawa we did not have any rain interrupting our sightseeing but the last night it suddenly rain. So we decided to just crossed diagonally from our hotel to Hans Steakhouse.There's not many customers in the restaurant as the rain deter customers from dining there. We had great seats just facing the streets. Was lovely looking out at the rain and the people and traffic. We ordered the same thing as Day 1 dinner, half lobster baked in garlic and steak tenderloin. We ordered some garlic bread too. We enjoyed our dinner and our last night were spend packing our shopping and stuff. We need to wake very early the next day as it was a morning flight.
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Okinawa, Japan Trip 2020 - Day 5 - American Village (Travelled in January 2020) - Part 2 - American Village
Finally, we reached the American Village, a mere 5 minutes walk from the bus stop. Was a hot day despite being winter in January. The place looked like a fun place. The main attraction that caught our eye is the ferris wheel. Looked like a sleepy town, not much people around. We wandered around the place and took lots of photos. We walked towards the famous Blue Seal Ice Cream restaurant. Had a mixed vanilla and taro flavour ice cream. Was super nice. The place had lots of nice places to take instagram photos. Haha my hubby is my photographer and help me with all the photo taking. The American Village is located near the sea and with a nice beach. But I was too tired to walk towards the edge of the beach in the hot weather and carrying my winter coat. The weather can be hot at one moment and cold at another moment. There's a big Aeon Mall here too. Lots of shopping to be done here with a big supermarket. We went to the food court and the price here is cheaper than what we had in Naha. After a long day, we walked towards the main road to take the bus back to Naha. The bus stop is on the opposite side where we first alighted. Spotted a retro billboard of A&W advertisement, beautiful. The bus journey back to Naha is 45 mintues and the fare is 740 yen. We almost doze off in the bus.
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Okinawa, Japan Trip 2020 - Day 5 - American Village (Travelled in January 2020) - Part 1 - How to go to American Village from Kokusai Street, Naha, Okinawa
Travelled in January 2020 Our second last day in Okinawa (travelled in January 2020), our last sightseeing will be a visit to the American Village. American Village is like a huge playground with hotels, restaurants, shopping area, entertainment, etc and a huge Ferris Wheel and a beach nearby. I guessed is more for the American Soldiers with the American Camp just opposite it. Anyone can go visit the village. No entrance fee. Seek help from our hotel reception on how to go there by public bus. If there's four of you, best take the taxi, the fare is about the same as taking the bus for four. The journey is about 45 minutes. The hotel reception is very helpful in providing us with information on how to take bus and gave us a list on the bus numbers and a map. From our hotel is a mere 5 minutes walk to the bus stop which is diagonally opposite the hotel near the Ryubo Shopping Mall. The bus fare is about 740 yen per person. The bus fare in Okinawa is rather expensive so make sense to take the taxi if there's three or four passengers. Go up by the front door of the bus, pull a ticket from the machine near the driver, hold on the ticket and pay only when alighting at the front door by presenting the ticket to the driver and the fare. Give exact fare, the driver do not give change but you can change your notes into coins at the coin machine near the driver. Can use IC card too, just tap when boarding and alighting. There's an announcement and screen in the bus to indicate each bus stop. They are in Japanese and English so no problem in getting to the destination at all. We alighted at Kuwae Stop which is shown on the screen in the bus. From the bus stop of Kuwae, walked backwards and can see the huge Ferris Wheel. Just walked to that direction, only about 5 minutes walk. Do wear a hat or bring along an umbrella, not much shelter along the way.