Okinawa: Blue Seas and Skies

Sara Macconnell
October 23, 2018


Okinawa has always been on my bucketlist. I didn’t think that I would have a chance to go during my time abroad, since it was pretty far away and not the cheapest to get to. I was thinking about planning a trip to Osaka when a friend mentioned that they were planning a trip to Okinawa the same weekend, so I hopped onto their plans!

I checked the weather report for Okinawa a week before my flight, and saw that it was raining until the exact day I was arriving. I felt pretty lucky, and the weather was absolutely beautiful. This was the view from the front porch of our AirBnB.

We stayed in Itoman-Shi, right and the southern most part of the island. Our AirBnB was pretty close the coast. It was just a five minute walk to the shoreline. The tides were low during our stay, so we were able to walk out pretty far.

We spent most of our time in Naha, Okinawa’s biggest city. There’s lots of shopping, restaurants, and a few beaches on the outskirts as well.

One of the highlights of the Trip was Shuri Castle. It was once the palace of the Ryukyu kingdom, and has since been restored.

The castle has a small café that sells a tea set with traditional Ryukyu sweets. It was so good that I ended up buying a box of chinsuko, one of the cookies to take home.

We spent one of the days of our trip entirely at the beach. A taxi driver recommended BiBi Beach, right by a resort.

I hoped that I would never have to leave, but it’s time to move on to the next adventure.


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Sara Macconnell

<p>Hi! My name is Sara MacConnell and I'm studying abroad in Tokyo in Fall 2018. I've been taking Japanese classes since I was a freshman in high school, so I'm very excited to spend a whole semester getting to put my language skills to use! I'm a rising senior at the University of Puget Sound where I study Japanese and Business Administration. On campus, I'm involved in greek life, I'm the publicity chair for Students Against Sexual Assault, I do costume design for the theater department, and I work in my school's study abroad office. My favorite things to do are photography, hiking, cooking, trying new restaurants, and watching Netflix with my friends.</p>

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