The SpaceAbout Akachichi Guesthouse
The dream of Akachichi Guesthouse began out of a love for Okinawa. We wanted to create a place where guests could feel “at home” while discovering the nature and culture of Okinawa. We chose Maeda in Onna-son because of its beautiful coastline and abundant greenery. Visitors can enjoy walking through our peaceful village, swimming and snorkeling in the amazing sea, exploring the surrounding sites, or just simply relaxing. We look forward to meeting you!
We have two guestrooms that are small one-room cottages. The rooms and interior were designed by us with help from a local architect. We tried to incorporate traditional Okinawan designs, such as the traditional tiled roof and easy access to the garden. Some of the furniture was also specially designed and constructed by a local Okinawan craftsman. Everything about the guesthouse revolves around the concept of simplicity and relaxation.
We are located along a residential street in between local homes, which gives guests the feeling of “real” community life as opposed to being isolated at a resort hotel.
Akachichi Guesthouse serves both Okinawan-style food and western food, alternating every other day for breakfast. We do not serve lunch or dinner, but there are several nearby restaurants, including a few that provide free shuttle service.
We are a family with two small children, so please keep this in mind when thinking about staying at Akachichi Guesthouse. Although the cottages are separate from our home, you may hear children laughing and crying from time to time! Guest AccessThe cottages are separated from our house but just a few steps away, enabling guests to have privacy but also access to us, the owners, if they need assistance with anything.
Each cottage has its own terrace and shares the same garden with our home. Both rooms have air conditioning/heater, private shower and toilet, toiletries, a small refrigerator, a hot kettle, free tea and coffee, and there is free WiFi service. If needed, a washer (shared) is available. Interaction with GuestsWe usually like to chat with our guests when we bring breakfast to their terrace in the mornings. In the afternoon and evenings we let guests enjoy their privacy but we try to be available for questions and assistance when necessary. My husband, Kenny, wrote a guidebook about Okinawa, and he loves to share his knowledge about the culture and places to visit. The NeighborhoodMaeda is a quiet village, especially at night, so don’t expect any kind of nightlife. In the daytime, the Cape Maeda area can become a bit crowded with snorkelers and SCUBA divers, but during the off-season (November ~ February) it is much less crowded. There are many days when you might be the only one at the beach! *Please read more about the weather below.
Most of the residents in Maeda are part-time farmers and fishermen. It is not uncommon to see locals working in the fields or gathering things to eat from the sea. The community remains fairly traditional, celebrating important days according to the lunar calendar.
Please remember that when coming in the off-season that the weather is unpredictable. We always try to be honest and we do not wish to give the wrong impression that Okinawa is a “beach destination” during the winter months. It will NOT be beach weather and there will be cold and rainy days. However, we think that visiting Okinawa during this time of the year can be very rewarding. There are no typhoons in the winter! There will be days when the temperature will climb up to around 23 ~24 degrees Celsius and the sea temperature is usually around 20 degrees Celsius even in January and February, so depending on what you are used to, you can still go to the beach on days when the weather is nice. If you don’t mind a bit of chilly weather, the beaches are often empty in the off-season and the water is also crystal clear. You can still snorkel and SCUBA dive with a wetsuit. Most of all, we would like for our guests to realize that Okinawa has much more to offer than just beaches…It is also filled with historical and cultural treasures, including nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Don’t let the possibility of bad weather stop you from experiencing everything that Okinawa has to offer!
*From November to March, bring both light clothing and warm clothing. It is best to dress in layers as it can go from cold to hot and back again easily.
What you will find here…
Cape Maeda (5 minute walk): Okinawa’s most popular snorkeling and SCUBA diving site, where the sea is clear blue and filled with tropical fish and corals. There are several dive shops in the area that offer snorkeling and SCUBA diving “experience” tours. (All tours provide equipment and wetsuits.)
Maeda Beaches (10 minute walk): Small coves that are perfect for beachcombing, swimming, snorkeling, reef walking, surfing, SUP “ing,” sea kayaking, and fishing.
Nature walking: Visitors can walk on coastal paths above the cliffs of Maeda, where you will get amazing views of the sea below, or take a walk on farm roads in the green hills behind Maeda. There is also a nearby historical trail that leads to several ancient sites and up to an observatory tower with views of the East China Sea and Pacific Ocean.
Forest Adventure (15 minute walk): For a fee, visitors can get a taste of adventure in and above the forests of Okinawa via a course of ladders, bridges, and zip lines.
Ryukyu Mura: (30 minute walk): A cultural village “park,” where visitors pay an entrance fee to observe many facets of Okinawan culture and village life from the past.
Onna Eki (30 minute walk): This is the perfect place to get some local food or buy a locally made gift. Frequented by both tourists and locals, there are several food stalls, a tiny farmer’s market, and even a bakery / café where you can buy freshly baked bread.
Onna Museum (30 minute walk): A small museum where visitors can view a variety of displays and artifacts depicting the history of Okinawa for a small fee.
By car or bus…
Zakimi Castle Ruins (15 minutes by car): The ruins of Zakimi Castle have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The remains of Zakimi’s ancient castle walls command a perfect view of Yomitan. There is also a small museum located on the grounds.
Cape Zanpa Park (15 minutes by car): This coastal park has walking courses, lookout points, a beach, a restaurant, and more. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse for a small fee and get a fantastic view of the coastline.
Yachimun no Sato (15 minutes by car): A community of artisans who carry on the tradition of making Okinawan pottery. The village is a nice place to walk around and view or buy pottery. There is also a coffee shop.
Mihama, Chatan (20 minutes by car): This is the “gathering spot” for both locals and tourists with a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. Mihama is also known for its 7-Plex movie theatre, giant Ferris wheel, and many free events held on weekends.
Okinawa Expo Park (90 minutes by car): This is a beautiful park where you can spend the whole day. The most famous attraction is the Chura Umi Aquarium, which is one of the largest aquariums in the world. There are also many things to see and do for free or for a small fee. The park is also nearby to Bise Village, which is known for its quiet pedestrian paths lined with tall “Fukugi” trees.
Naha (1 hour by car): Naha is the pulse of Okinawa with shopping on Kokusai Street, traditional markets, cultural and historical sites such as Shuri Castle, and many bars and restaurants.
Unfortunately, Okinawa’s public transportation system is not that efficient outside of Naha. Buses are infrequent in this part of the island and they can be expensive when traveling long distances. We strongly recommend that you rent a car for all or at least a portion of your trip if you are planning on touring the island or if you wish to have access to more activities, shopping areas, and restaurants. However, if you wish to use the bus system, we can advise you on the best routes and help you with the timetables.
Other Things to NoteIt his strongly suggested that you rent a car if you are planning on visiting other places on the island. Public transportation is not cheap nor is it convenient outside of main urban areas. However, if you do decide to use public transportation, we will do everything we can to assist you.