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Need help on Okinawa Itinernary

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Need help on Okinawa Itinernary

Hi, need help on how to arrange okinawa itinerary (9/8 nights self drive summer family vacation)

Some information to assist in the planning

- 6 Adults (including 2 elderly) + 3 Childrens (10, 8, 2 years old)

- Day 1 (Sunday) - Arriving Naha Airport 830am, picking up car rental (Meaning 1/2 day gone)

- Staying Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa (First 4 nights)

- Staying Airbnb near Okinawa Children's World Zoo and Museum (Last 4 nights)

- Need to reach Naha Airport 6am for return flight

So basically need help to plan for 7.5 days of Itinerary suitable for elderly/childrens/adults.

Have some rough ideas places to go, but not sure how to put in together, so hoping if anyone could assist, thank you very much :)

Places near Marriott

OKINAWA CHURAUMI AQUARIUM

NAGO PINEAPPLE PARK

Okinawa Fruits Land

Cape Manzamo

KOURI OCEAN TOWER (Also known as "LOVE ISLAND"

Beach Activities

EINES VILLA DI NOZZE OKINAWA

Busena Marine Park

Places near AirBnB

BIOS NO OKA

Ogido Park (Nakagusuku Park 中城公園)

American Village

ASHIBINAA Okinawa Outlet Mall

Okinawa Children's World Zoo and Museum

Makishi Public Market

International Street (Kakusai-Dori)

Yatai-Mura

Urasoe Dai-koen 浦添大公園

Shujiro Castle Park

AEON Mall Okinawa Rycom

Senaga Island

Nirai Kanai Bridge

Places in between Marriott & AirBnB

Cape Zanpa

Ryukyu-Mura Village (琉球村)

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1. Re: Need help on Okinawa Itinernary

Nago's Pineapple Park is close to Okinawa Fruits Land, maybe 5 minutes drive. You'll drive from Kouri Island to Churaumi Aquarium for about 30 minutes. Before you cross the bridge to Kouri Island in Nakijin-son, there's a parking area on the left hand side of the road. You can step down the beach level there and take photos.

Ashibina Outlet Mall is large enough, but if you go there after you visit Aeon Mall Rycom, you may see it smaller. Unlike Aeon Mall Rycom, you have to open umbrella when it rains in Ashibina.

We love sunset view in Sunset Beach near American Village and Senagajima Island. Parking in Senagajima Island may be busy, but if you wait for a while, you may see someone leave there. When you drive to American Village, park your car in the car park near the restaurant area. There's public free parking closer to R 58 which closes earlier.

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2. Re: Need help on Okinawa Itinernary

Before I post an answer you mentioned two elderly persons, how mobile are they?

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3. Re: Need help on Okinawa Itinernary

@Kurt, elderly as in 60+ & 70+

Mobility is good :)

Just that we are travelling in there are 3 generation here, looking forward to your help.

Really appreciate so much, thank you!

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4. Re: Need help on Okinawa Itinernary

@ETflyer, thank you so much for your input. Really appreciate very much :)

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5. Re: Need help on Okinawa Itinernary

Oh my goodness, they're my age group of elderly? But ok, let me go over these with what I think.

Churaumi Aquarium

right next to the aquarium is Emerald Beach, pretty nice and free, convenience store nearby on main road for snacks & drinks.

Kouri Island (Ocean Tower) is near the aquarium so I'd group these two together, you could adjust for the days weather concerning the beach.

Then Nago Pineapple park is close to Fruits Land and you should be able to fit in EINES VILLA DI NOZZE OKINAWA after those. Also in that area is Neo Park Okinawa in Nago but it's not for everyone, lotsa birds you can hand feed and some other animals.

Next Manza mo & Busena Marine Park in another day.

I'm not sure about Bios no Oka unless it's the butterfly park near the aquarium?

At the AIRBNB the Childrens Zoo and AEON Rycom mall is close to the zoo so any day or evening could work for the mall. So maybe Zoo depending on weather (all mostly outdoors), then Urasoe Dai-koen 浦添大公園, a walk thru Cape Zanpa and possibly Ryukyu Mura.

Trying to line these up so your not doing a lot of back tracking. I'd say Shujiro Castle Park then Makishi Public Market & International Street (Kakusai-Dori) ( makishi market runs off of kokusai dori)

then Ogido Park (Nakagusuku Park 中城公園) not too far from zoo then south again to Yatai-Mura & ASHIBINAA Okinawa Outlet Mall.

Also down that way is Senaga Island & Nirai Kanai Bridge is a ways off from there but you could do them in a day easily.

American Village is a big shopping/dining area you could stop at anytime going or returning, a slight detour from going on the expressway to other places.

There are quite a few beaches all along the east side of the island, just depends on the weather. There's also a beach on the ocean side of American Village.

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6. Re: Need help on Okinawa Itinernary

Dear Kurt,

thank you so much for your informative input.

Will summarize up and work on my itinerary.

Hopefully can squeeze most of the places in :)

Any nice local restaurant to recommend?

Nice affordable seafood?

Authentic Okinawa delicacy?

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7. Re: Need help on Okinawa Itinernary

RachelTay,

We eat out quite a bit and here are some places we like and eat at regularly, sorry but I don't care for seafood so can't suggest a seafood restaurant. Several of these are in chatan, and that's where we live but we've eaten all over the island and simply like these places.

For Indian food: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Revie…

When we want meat & are hungry: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Revie…

Local food & ramen: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Revie…

A small vegetarian place but they also serve meat: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Revie…

Last place is fairly new Chinese near Ashibina mall but was pretty good: https://kiwa-group.co.jp/benitora_ashibina/

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8. Re: Need help on Okinawa Itinernary

I meant to say that the hotels usually let anyone dine so doesn't have to be your own hotel and almost all of them offer a pretty good spread of food & buffets although they're usually a little pricey.

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9. Re: Need help on Okinawa Itinernary

Hi Rachel, my family of 6, including 2 elderly(80+)..,also plan to go Okinawa for a week holiday,flight time similar to uours but 6 nights only... Hope you can post all the details that we must take note when self drive in Okinawa and most important..the places we must not missed..Thanks in advance

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10. Re: Need help on Okinawa Itinernary

Hi Cindy,

Still struggling with my itinerary.

When will you be going?

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