A different side of Japan
PLANNING a visit to the Land of the Rising Sun this year? Add a twist to your vacation by heading to the southern part of Japan to Okinawa to enjoy its year- round mild weather and seaside.
Travelling to Okinawa is now made easier and within your reach with an affordable package that will be unveiled this MATTA Fair by Parlo Tours.
This package takes you to the north and centre areas of Okinawa. Some highlights in the itinerary include a visit to the world- famous Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, which houses the biggest water tank in the world – the Kuroshio Sea. It is also home to the biggest whale shark in captivity, which measures 8.5m long.
Other attractions at the aquarium include the Dolphin Lagoon, where you can watch a fascinating dolphin show, Sea Turtle Pool and Manatee Pool. This is an educational experience that is perfect for the whole family with 77 other tanks on display, featuring a large selection of healthy and lively marine life. Here, you can go beyond just observing and watching – there is a petting corner where you can touch and feel starfish and sea cucumbers, so you can fully experience the marine world.
Another highlight of the tour is a visit to the Nago Pineapple Park where you will be introduced to over 100 types of pineapples and other plants in the pineapple family – you would be interested to know that there are some pineapple types that cannot be eaten.
Here, you can also get yourself some pineapple confectioneries.
You would definitely enjoy this educational tour as you ride in a pineapple cart – an adorable pineapple- shaped cart drives itself and takes you around the park, including the pineapple plantation and subtropical garden. As you ride along, there will be a pointby- point audio guide. This would entertain even young toddlers.
To continue your fun, educational experience, you will also experience the Nuchi- Una factory tour at the Nuchi- Una salt production factory. Here, you can observe the snow- like salt production landscape, enjoy food made with the salt at the restaurant and bring home salt souvenirs.
For a taste of local lifestyle and culture, the tour also takes you to Murasaki Mura, an old Okinawan village with strong art and craft elements.
Another interesting stop is the Mihama American Village, with its wide variety of shopping and dining options. Looking just like the US West Coast, the most recognisable feature of the American Village is the large Ferris wheel.
To complete the overall feel and ambience, the American theme is found at many establishments.
This package also takes you to Unesco Heritage site – Shurijo Castle Park. The castle was recognised as a World Heritage Site in 2000 and has unique features from China, Japan and the Ryukyu Kingdom. It is also known as the shining vermillion castle.
The most attractive sights here include the main temple, which is featured on the ¥ 2,000 note, and the Shureimon Gate, which features splendid decorations.
A stop that promises fun for the whole family is the visit to Okinawa World, which features all of Okinawa’s attractions. Highlights of this stop include watching an interesting and intense Taiko Drum Show and visiting the Gyokusen Cave – the biggest limestone cave in Japan with over a million stalactites.
For those interested in bringing home popular Japanese products, fret not as this package will include a one- day train pass for you to go shopping. If you want to make it for Sakura season, come to Okinawa in January and February.
For an interesting and different take on Japan, this package is the way to go. Do keep a lookout for the unveiling this MATTA Fair and book your way to a well- deserved vacation.
Parlo Tours has been in the travel industry for more than three decades. Having been in the travel industry longer than most, it knows what is required to become the preferred travel brand for travellers.
Parlo Tours has always believed in giving a personalised touch to all its customers’ dream holiday.
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Murasaki Mura is an old Okinawan village with strong art and craft elements.
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium houses the biggest water tank in the world – the Kuroshio Sea.