Travel in­for­ma­tion

Food and Travel (UK) - - Gourmet Traveller -

Ok­i­nawafrom the is UK an take is­land from south-west­just over 17of Ja­pan hours in with the a East stopover, China and Sea. the Flight­stime is nine hours ahead of GMT. Cur­rency is the Ja­panese yen. In Oc­to­ber, the av­er­age high tem­per­a­ture is 31C and the av­er­age low is 24C.

GET­TING THERE ANA flies daily from Heathrow to Ok­i­nawa’s Naha Air­port, with a stop in Tokyo, from £834 re­turn econ­omy; £1465 pre­mium econ­omy. ana.co.jp

Cathay Pa­cific fly from Lon­don Gatwick to Ok­i­nawa via Hong Kong tak­ing 19.5 hours, from £871 re­turn. cathay­pa­cific.com

GET­TING AROUND Naha’s Yui Rail is a mono­rail con­nect­ing Naha Air­port and Shuri Cas­tle. The 111 bus runs from the air­port to Naha bus ter­mi­nal.

RE­SOURCES

Visit Ok­i­nawa Ja­pan is the of­fi­cial lo­cal tourist board web­site with up-to-date in­for­ma­tion and tips for plan­ning your trip. vis­i­tok­i­nawa.jp

FUR­THER READ­ING

The Girl with the White Flag by Tomiko Higa (Ko­dan­sha Amer­ica, £9.99) is a mov­ing mem­oir of life as a seven-year-old girl sep­a­rated from her fam­ily dur­ing the Bat­tle of Ok­i­nawa.

Is­lands of Protest edited by Davin­der L Blohmik and Steve Rab­son (Univer­sity of Hawaii Press, £21) is a col­lec­tion of sto­ries and short po­ems by lo­cal peo­ple who have long-since lived along­side sol­diers.

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