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Japan Do #6 - Naha (Okinawa) - March 29-31 2018

Japan Do #6 - Naha (Okinawa) - March 29-31 2018

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Handle --- Arrival ---- Departure ---- Hotel
  1. beckoa+1 - 3/29 7C 1802 TPE-OKA -- 4/3 JL2084 OKA-ITM -- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Naha
  2. krazykanuck - 3/28 NH479 HND-OKA -- 4/2 NH464 OKA-HND -- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Naha
  3. TravelKane - Mar 28 JL3 JFK>NRT * Mar 29 NH 2159 NRT>OKA * DoubleTree by Hilton Naha * Apr 3 CI121 OKA>TPE
  4. kirkwoodj ---- 3/29 NH475 HND-OKA ---- 4/1 NH460 OKA-HND ---- DoubleTree by Hilton Naha
  5. restlessinRNO - 3/29 IT230 TPE-OKA -- 4/1 BC552 OKA-NGO -- DoubleTree by Hilton Naha
  6. nomadic.relief - 3/30 BR112 TPE-OKA -- 4/2 MM925 OKA-TPE -- Almont Hotel
  7. ellyse - 3/29 HO1331 PVG-OKA ó 4/2 HO1332 OKA-PVG ó Guesthouse Umikaji
  8. ellyse+1 - 3/29 MU287 PVG-OKA ó 4/2 MU288 OKA-PVG ó Guesthouse Umikaji
  9. Sykes - 3/24 OZ172 ICN-OKA ó 4/2 OZ171 OKA-ICN ó Hyatt Regency Naha
  10. oliver2002 -Mar 29 CA831 PEK-OKA - April 1 NH994 OKA HND - Sheraton Sunmarina
  11. NewbieRunner - 3/28 NH473 HND-OKA - 4/1 NH994 OKA-HND - DoubleTree Shuri Castle 3/28-29 DoubleTree Naha 3/29-4/1
  12. nme7 - 3/29 GK305 NRT-OKA - 4/1 GK312 OKA-NRT -- DoubleTree by Hilton Naha
  13. Aeolus - 3/28 JL921 HND-OKA -- 4/1 JTA052 OKA-FUK -- DT by Hilton Naha (28-30), DT Shuri Castle (3/30-4/1)
  14. Lennart - 3/28 NH471 HND-OKA -- 3/31 NU617 OKA-ISG -- Sheraton Sunmarina
  15. Lennart+1 - 3/28 NH471 HND-OKA -- 3/31 NU617 OKA-ISG -- Sheraton Sunmarina
  16. armagebedar - 3/28 JL HND-OKA -- 4/1 JL OKA-HND -- Hyatt Regency Naha
  17. BigRedBears - 3/28 NH1213 FUK-OKA -- 4/1 NH1200 OKA-FUK -- DT Naha (3/28-3/31), Crowne Plaza Naha (3/32-4/1)
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Old Feb 18, 18, 7:12 pm
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Beer & ellyse’s food list should do it.
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Old Feb 19, 18, 4:15 am
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Originally Posted by nomadic.relief View Post
I know one of our illustrious leaders has been busy gadding about the southern hemisphere, but I am wondering if a schedule or itinerary of events is likely to be posted soon?
This is nothing official, but I’ve worked out a few itineraries. Maybe the DO would like to use some of them? I did offer my help with planning itineraries earlier on when I signed up for the DO, but no one was interested! :P

Day A: Tomari Iyumachi seafood market - Shuri Castle - Shuri ryusen dyeing experience - First Makishi Public Market - Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum - Sakaemachi market - dinner at Urizun
(not everyone likes to get up early like me, and not everyone likes museums, so maybe this could be revised to do Kokusai-dori - First Makishi Public Market - Shuri Castle - Sakaemachi market - dinner at Urizun)

Day B: Former Japanese Navy Underground HQ - Himeyuri Peace Museum - Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum - Kokusai-dori
(if done by public bus, this itinerary won’t work on weekdays. Sat is fine, I haven’t tested for Sun yet)

Day C: Panza zip lining - Oceanic Culture Museum - Ocean Expo Park - Churaumi Aquarium (stay overnight in Nago?)
(if done by public bus and need to come back to Naha for the night, latest time to leave the Aquarium is around 1830)

Day D: Tomari Iyumachi seafood market - Zamami daytrip (whale watching possible)
(ferry Naha-Zamami 0900-0950, ferry Zamami-Naha 1720-1810 or 1 hour earlier if in March instead of April)
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There are other sights that I would love to include (on the way to the Aquarium, or otherwise) that aren’t reachable by public transport. So, if the DO would like to hire a bus for a day, or if anyone would like to hire a car for a road trip and take along me and my +1, please let me know!
If anyone wants more details about sights and opening hours, admission fees etc, I can also paste my research details... just say the word.

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Old Feb 20, 18, 6:06 pm
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Originally Posted by nomadic.relief View Post
I know one of our illustrious leaders has been busy gadding about the southern hemisphere, but I am wondering if a schedule or itinerary of events is likely to be posted soon?
Are you talking about me? The real leader for this Do is The_Wrath_of_Khan who I believe will be posting a suggested Do schedule soon.
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Old Feb 20, 18, 6:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Cris L View Post
Iím not able to make this DO, but Iím thinking about 2019?

i know itís very early, but Iíd love to know as soon as dates/location is announced
No venue has been decided yet but the Japan Do usually takes place over the Easter weekend which in 2019 will be 19-21 April.
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Originally Posted by NewbieRunner View Post
Are you talking about me? The real leader for this Do is The_Wrath_of_Khan who I believe will be posting a suggested Do schedule soon.
Thanks, really looking forward to seeing the DO schedule soon so that I can know whatís NOT included and start fixing my own itinerary!
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No venue has been decided yet but the Japan Do usually takes place over the Easter weekend which in 2019 will be 19-21 April.
My vote for the next destination would be Hiroshima.
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Old Feb 20, 18, 11:17 pm
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Originally Posted by ellyse View Post
My vote for the next destination would be Hiroshima.
...Or Hokkaido. The janitors of this thread have threatened to put the Japan Do in Sapporo for a while without actually accomplishing such.

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Old Feb 21, 18, 2:36 am
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Originally Posted by pudgym29 View Post
...Or Hokkaido. The janitors of this thread have threatened to put the Japan Do in Sapporo for a while without actually accomplishing such.
Hokkaido is ok, but apart from some pretty far-flung places such as Wakkanai and Abashiri, I covered most of my to-do list when I was there (Aug 2015), so Iím not so keen on returning so soon.
Iíve been to Hiroshima just last Nov, but I found more places in the vicinity that Iíd like to visit, and was even thinking of planning a trip around utilising the Fukuoka-Hiroshima JR pass, or the Hiroshima Wide Area pass (I may have got the names wrong), so Iím a bit biased.
In any case... not Nagoya, please!
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In any case... not Nagoya, please!
Why not Nagoya, may I ask?
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L&G, we don't even have a (proper/communicated) plan for this year... can you hold the talk about next year???
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Old Feb 21, 18, 8:55 am
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Originally Posted by restlessinRNO View Post
Why not Nagoya, may I ask?
Just a personal thing. Itís one of the destinations that Iíve already visited in Japan, and I found it to be less interesting than others. I donít really have anything there that Iím extremely keen to visit again or that I want to visit because I missed it last time, except maybe the famous ďmud ramenĒ place thatís quite some way from town, itís actually in another city.

Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
L&G, we don't even have a (proper/communicated) plan for this year... can you hold the talk about next year???
Sorry, whoís L&G? If that was referring to me, my apologies! Happy to talk about this yearís plan, but no one is responding to what Iíve posted or making any suggestions of their own...
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Originally Posted by NewbieRunner View Post
Are you talking about me? The real leader for this Do is The_Wrath_of_Khan who I believe will be posting a suggested Do schedule soon.

Sorry here is the long promised post. I think this DO is going to be great. I am still working on the final location for the Friday night, DO dinner.

Meet and greet drinks venue for Thursday evening:
Activities/visits for Friday (usually half day):
  • I would suggest Tomari Fish Market and Naminoue Shrine - both are relatively close together and Naminoue has a significant amount to see and do within walking distance, the fish market could also be done early Saturday for anyone interested. The water should be fairly warm by April so we can hit the beach at Naminoue also.
  • Makishi market also makes for a half-day walking tour, but is easily accessible enough that people can do this on their own
Activities/visits for Saturday (usually full day):
  • Shuri Castle walk with lunch and shopping in the Shuri area, this can easily take a whole day, but if we wanted to make it just a half day then we should integrate the Former Japanese Naval HQ into the day: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...ture_Kyus.html
  • An alternate would be to take a bus (tickets are readily available for 1-infinate PAX) from Naha to the famous Churaumi Aquarium which I believe also involves some stops in the northern part of the island.
  • I will lead an early morning scuba diving excursion for those who are interested and have a valid PADI or NAUI open water certification. The diving here is spectacular.
Any post dinner/visit drinks excluding clear liquors:
I have plenty of other suggestions as well. Is anyone interested in renting a bus to take us around to different locations? Again Okinawa does not have the public transportation system that the rest of Japan enjoys. I am looking forward to showing off the island I've made home for the last 15 years. Another day trip option for Saturday or Sunday is to visit one of the outer islands which may involve humpback whale watching as they are in the area from January-March and we might just be able to catch them in April.

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Old Feb 22, 18, 6:33 pm
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Let me ask this about flights in Asia - I intend to fly from Okinawa to Hong Kong on Sunday to pick up a CX flight home, but the Hong Kong Airlines nonstop is like $600 one way. Is that the usual price for that flight?

Also, you can confirm me with a +1.
Best to try and book the Dragon Air or whatever it is called flight with BA Avios for 7,500 one way.

P.S. everyone sorry for the late replies, for some reason I haven't been receiving the notification emails for this post.
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Are we possibly making a trip together to the WW2 sites in the south of the island?
There is a very solid battle sights tour, but the only scheduled trip I see is on 3/25 which is earlier than anyone is arriving. Hacksaw ridge is fairly easy to get to as are many of the other locations from WW2 as most of the hard fighting was concentrated in the southern part of the island. I do not know of any Japanese businesses giving tours as the overwhelming opinion seems to be to move on from that pain, although I think it is really important. I can assist you in putting together an itinerary of important places if you are interested in Okinawa's WW2 history.
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Originally Posted by ellyse View Post
Sorry, I donít know why some of the URLs came out all mangled! But if you click on them I think they still work ok?

May I suggest to the organisers that we could maybe book one or two of these for our DO dinners? Urizun, Matsumoto, Roins and Ryukyu Mie would be the most likely options for reservations. The last one is actually apparently right next door to where Iím staying, and itís the top restaurant on Tabelog, but itís pretty pricey (about 10-20k JPY each) as itís something similar to a kaiseki place. Iím not sure which or any of the restaurants in my list have English menus or English-speaking staff, it doesnít bother me since the lack of such probably means a less touristy place.
P.S. I forgot to add Jef fast-food to that list. They have 3 or 4 outlets throughout the main island, and the interesting thing on their menu is Goya burgers.
If we come up with a list of potential dinner places (I am open to any of them) I can go taste-test them and make a reservation. As for JEF, OMG their Nūyaru burger is the bomb.
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