The SpaceSashiki was once the home town of the Okinawan Royalty and now is a farming and fishing community on the shores of Chujyou bay.
Experience true "Southern" hospitality, Sashiki style. Sleep on the woven rice straw floor in a traditional Okinawan guest room on futons with paper privacy screens and glass doors over looking a lovely garden of limestone, wood and plantings.
Let us know how we can make your trip to the southern kingdom perfect for you. Guest AccessWe can only hosts women, or women traveling with a male companion. This is due to the traditional values of this ancient Okinawan community. Guest may use the kitchen, laundry and TV room once the hostess has showed you how things work. There is off street parking for one car and on street parking for more cars.
The house features filtered water at any tap. Enjoy clean water for bathing or drinking from any faucet.
The hostess teaches music out of one room downstairs, please do not enter the music room. The upstairs are the private quarters of the hostess. Please do not go upstairs. Interaction with GuestsYour Okinawan Hostess speaks only Japanese and works long hours so you'll have to plan in advance and be independent. She has some services she can provide you for a fee, with advance planning. Airport pick up is 3,000 yen for up to three people. Airport Drop off is the same charge. For a fee of 10,000 yen a day or 6,000 yen a half day plus expenses (gas, meals, admission tickets, tolls etc) your hostess can drive you around the island's points of interest in her fun mobile, if her schedule allows. Please arrange this in advance. You will pay her before you leave by placing the cash in a special envelope that can be purchased at any convenience store. You can use the tan envelopes that are good for most anything, but do not use the envelopes that have a lily pad or water garden scene on the front as those are reserved for gifts to survivors of a death in the family. The white envelopes with either a bow (used for single people) and a knot (used for married people can be used for your hostess as well. The NeighborhoodWhat to do while you stay in Sashiki?
Of course you will want to go into Naha to shop the amazing Kokusai dori and Heiwa Dori. But the Nishihara San A is close enough to ride your bike. And the bike route is lovely, along a wide pedestrian and bicycle road that fronts the ocean.
On the way you might stop at the Okinawa Tug of War Museum in Haebaru.
The Ten No Hama beach front park is 30 minutes walking distance from the house. By bicycle or bus you can also reach the new Nishihara Kira Kira Beach development or the equally wonderful Azama San San Beach.
Azama port, next to the Azama San San beach park, is where you will board the ferry to spend a day (or an overnight at the public lodge) on Okinawa's sacred Island, Kudaka Jima for walking the rounds of sacred places in prayer and meditation. Also there is bicycling, snorkeling, and eating the local sea serpent soup.
Further south from Azama port is the Chinen Peninsula, where you can go snorkeling in the reef protected inlets, walk the ruins of multiple castles, go kite surfing, dine in restaurants perched high above the sea with fantastic views of the tropical reef, visit the ruins of the old segregated springs, where locals now farm watercress in the terraced paddies filled with black salamanders. Afterwards, have coffee and cake in a tree house.
The Mibaru beach is recommended for snorkeling, swimming and sun bathing.
If you walk up the back roads of Sashiki, you arrive at the fabulous farm to table Thai Restaurant and gardens for a meal and a walk along their cliff side terraced limestone paths.
If you take the main road up into the mountains, you can spend the day at the Yuinchi Wellness Resort Hotel's thermally heated "Apeman spa". Swim, soak, get a massage, lay on a lounger and watch the clouds pass over the Nakagusuku bay.
Take a trip down to Ojima to purchase fresh Okinawan style tempura to take back to your apartment for an evening meal over rice. Visit any of the farmers markets with the hostess and let her explain what the foods are, how to prepare and serve them.
Take walks with your camera as the town is scenic. Show your photos to your hostess and have her answer your questions about the custom or history or story of the item or geography.
Take a picnic up to the cliff side pedestrian road that runs along the mountains above our home. It is peaceful, quiet, and the views are fantastic. When it ends, continue along the sidewalk until you pass the windmills and then come back down a lovely steep road through gardens and forests of flowering trees (we have Sakura blooming in January) then through the farms and gardens back down to the sea.
I try to list the many many other wonderful day and half day trips you can take from this apartment as a starting point, but perhaps you should just tell me what sorts of things you like to do, then we can help plan something specific to your tastes. Getting AroundA rental car is recommended for non Japanese speakers, but is not necessary as bus and taxi are plentiful and streets have sidewalks and drivers are quite safe around pedestrians. Also, the city of Nanjo currently provides an inexpensive shuttle service for tourists going to any tourist sites within their borders with about an hours advance notice. Do a web search for "Odekakenanjii" to find their phone number that aibnb will just scrub if I list it here. If you don't speak Japanese, ask the Call center translators to make arrangements for you!
When arriving by airplane, and you wish to take a bus to our house, we recommend that you use the skyrail (monorail) from the airport to the Asahibashi station. Come down from on high and cross the road to the Asahibashi Bus terminal. Then you can take Toyo Bus 38 to the Sugarhall bus stop. We are on the same block!
Or you can take the skyrail to the Shuri station, and from there take the free shopping shuttle to the Haebaru Jusco. From there a taxi or a bus can bring you to Sashiki House. Be sure to purchase something from the Haebaru Jusco, as it is a shopping shuttle after all.
Toyo bus 38 will take you back to the Naha where you can catch the Naha Monorail or change buses for anywhere in Okinawa. Be sure to visit the Utaki near Bus 38's bus stop as it is famous for being featured in several Okinawan films.
Taxis are cheaper than a bus for groups of four or more. Also, you can negotiate the price with a taxi driver, while bus fares are fixed, and you can often pay the taxi fare by credit card, while the bus requires cash in local currency. Taxis charge from 3,000 to 4,000 yen depending on the company, the number in your party, the number of bags you have, etc. So, please do negotiate.
Bicycling in Okinawa is safe and not too hard as our mountains are not that high. When it rains though, watch out for those metal grates in the road everywhere. They are quite slippery when wet.
Sayori san can pick you up or drop you off at the airport for a fee of 3,000 yen if her schedule allows. Please arrange this in advance to allow her to shift her scheduled responsibilities. Other Things to NoteSayori san, your hostess, has an interest in foreign cultures and would be happy to hear from you about your home country. She has visited Italy twice and studied Italian language in College for three years.