The Mother in Law suite of a private home. Tatami mat floors. Sliding screens. Views onto a garden. Air Conditioning. Sleep on the floor on Japanese bedding (futons). The lady of the house is a Shuri (royalty) style artisan who works on a loom in her home. She is well connected in the community and for an additional fee can, schedule permitting, show you around and explain Okinawan art, culture, history, and current events to you. If you are interested in her work, she can give you a traditional loom experience for 2000 yen an hour.
This unit has a kitchenette with a mid sized fridge and a beverage station where you can make coffee and tea. We also provide plates, bowls, etc if you are wanting to serve ready made foods which are abundant at local markets. There are several excellent restaurants, bakeries, convenience stores near by. Guests have exclusive and full use of the entire apartment, which is situated underneath the hosts private quarters.
We try to leave our guests alone except to respond to their requests. If you want a guide, though, all you need do is ask. Ryuko, her sister, and I would LOVE to take you around our Island Paradise and answer your questions, in one of our funmobiles or by bus or taxi or by bicycle. The daily fee is $100 plus expenses like gas or entrance fees. half a day is only $50 I am in residence down the street at my other listing until the first week in November. Come! Lets have fun together.
What to do while you are visiting 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 a War Museum in Haebaru.
The Ten No Hama beach front park is 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. Nanjo's free tourist shuttle will take you to the Mibaru beach for snorkeling.
Azama port, next to the Azamma 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 bicycling, snorkeling, walking, eating the local sea serpent soup.
Further south from Azama port is the Chinen Peninsula, where you can go snorkeling in the reef protected inlet, 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 then have coffee and cake in a tree house.
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.
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.
If you take the main road up into the mountains, you can spend the day at the Yuichi Wellness Resort Hotel's thermally heated spa complex. 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.
The local busses run until 10 p.m. Taxis are available 24/7. The city of Nanjo provides free shuttle service to all their tourist destinations. A car is not needed to stay with us, but if you have one, there is plenty of parking.
Your Okinawan hostess is a Shuri style traditional fabric artisan. For a small fee she can show you how to use her loom to make traditional cloth. Your American hostess is in residence half the year. When not in residence she is available by internet to translate and to concierge. Your hostess's older sister has two large traditional style rooms in her home which is near by, and can help to host larger groups.
tour guide and airport transport fees are per trip and not per stay
The downstairs mother in law suite of a private home in a small fishing and farming village. The apartment faces the formal entry to the three story home. The quiet two block long street in front of the house has plenty of parking for your rental car, or is just a 3 minute walk from the bus stop. There is a bakery on the corner, and two grocery stores with delis just a few minutes walk away. Several restaurants featuring local foods are also within walking distance. Just across the street is the Baten Fisherman's port and a view of the Nakagusuku bay and the Chinen Peninsula beyond. In the cliffs above the town the Yuinchi Wellness Center has a thermally heated gender segregated public bath and serves a lunch buffet that is famous island wide. the views there are fantastic. A walking path leads along the cliff to the east and the bike route to Naha leads along the west. Back down by the apartment, seaside walking paths are interrupted with short stretches of sidewalk through neighborhoods all the way to the Azama San San Beach.