I was flying from Narita (Japan) to Naha (Okinawa). In Narita airport a TV crew asks for a short interview 😉 It’s the most popular TV show “Why did you come to Japan” crazy – you must see it on YouTube.
Then while I’m walking toward the gate someone is running after me and shouting that I lost something from my pocket. This is just a small piece of paper but it’s Japanese style – so friendly and honest people, hardly to find anywhere else. When you travel by train and the conductor is entering the carriage, firstly he stands straight and then gently bows.
The Naha airport is small but very beautiful and full of orchids. Okinawa is very American style. I was very surprised after landing, walking across the city to find my hotel. Maybe even a little disappointed. OMG – finding the hotel was really difficult although I had a city map from the airport and detailed google map. It was raining, November is quite cold so after an hour walking a felt chilly. It was almost 8 pm so I started asking people about the hotel – almost nobody speaks English and nobody new the address 😉 I asked a girl in the car and again I experienced Japanese kindness. She wasn’t speaking English she immediately offered me a lift after googled the address. These people are so kind and supportive. They always want to help you. She took me directly to the hotel, nice and not that expensive. The ride took about 5 minutes and of course did not want any money from me. The hotel room is very tiny, the bed is above the room space, but it’s comfortable.
At night Naha seams to look completely different, it’s colourful and candy. Sushi restaurants and hundreds of blinking shops.
In Naha there is a sky train one line going through the city so it’s very easy to travel. You need to see the Shuri castle and take a long walk through the city. There are many wonderful places with temples surrounded by amazing Japanese gardens.
Going around the Island you need to see the Okinawa Churaumi aquarium, Nago and the caves. A bus can take you everywhere. Going to Hub Park: you need to take bus no 83 from Naha Bus Terminal (Centre) and stop at Gyokusendo-mae. It takes about 60 minutes from Naha and costs 580Y.
Habo museum park is not a place for me. Animals kept in tiny cages, snakes boiled and put into jars. This liqueur made in Okinawa is called Habushu. The snake is mixed with herbs and honey so the colour of the alcohol liquid is yellow. Some prices of these bottles were increadibly high. People in Asia believe that the strenghts are passed on to those who drink the mixture.