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Golden Week 2008 - Okinawa I

Flight to Naha, Kokusai-dori

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In Japan, there are a lot of national holidays in late April/early May which are collectively referred to as Golden Week. Since coming to Japan, we'd never taken a trip during this time of year, but this year the circumstances supported a little trip. After checking ticket prices and mulling where we'd like to go, we settled on Okinawa.

To get around Okinawa, it is a lot easier to drive than take public transit, so Andrew had to go and get himself a driver's license. This was nearly a full day rigamaroll, and apparently really frustrating, but not without merit, as he got a license out of the thing in the end.

We weren't too stressed about planning this trip, as we have been in the past; we weren't leaving the country, and we decided that all we should really do is book hotels and then just figure out the rest when we got there.

Our flight was in the afternoon, so we had a pretty laid-back morning in the apartment before catching the bus to the airport. We checked in, had some Subway, and went through security. Not once did we have to show ID, which both surprised and concerned me.

The flight was short. We arrived in Naha after about two hours, and sprinted to the monorail to take us downtown. We caught a taxi to our minshuku, the Loas Villa, which was in a shockingly convenient location next to Kokusai-dori. We check in and went out to eat. For the first time, we actually made a quick decision about dinner and settled on Kokusai Yakiniku, where we enjoyed a meal of self-grilled meat and vegetables. We walked up and down the main drag there, looking at all the kitschy shops and souvenirs. We found ourselves hungry again, and so we ate at a little taco place. Mmm tacos. You can actually get reasonably priced tacos in Okinawa, which is good for me, because boy do I love tacos. Taco rice is a very popular dish in Okinawa; it's basically taco filling on a bed of rice. Personally, I miss the shell, but to each their own.

Well, after some poking around, we we're tired, and so we retired to our minshuku to get some sleep. Unfortunately, because of the convenient location, it was also quite loud; street drumming and crosswalk music until all hours did not make for a good night's sleep, but we did get a little rest, anyway.

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Posted by agc_cwm 07:20 Archived in Japan

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