CONTRIBUTED BY MONETTE EAMES
Shortly after arriving at Kourijima, or what we would call Kouri Island, we drove west along the coast until we came upon a donkey tied to a road-side stand. We helped our kids to feed him and then noticed the large sabani boat (Japanese-style fishing boat) right across the road. Well the boys had to explore it of course. And since the sign ‘Café 247’ caught my eye, I decided to explore also. Before I even got to the window to look at what the ‘café’ had to offer, my boys were on the boat, swinging on ropes above the sabani and pretending they were pirates.
There were many different areas to sit around this café—all outdoors. Although it was a hot and humid day, the breeze was just perfect here and it was the perfect place to cool off. The kids decided they wanted to sit way up high in a tree house-looking dining area. We went up and waited for our order and the view of the ocean was just gorgeous!
We ordered goya curry, curry pizza and vegetable pizza. Everything was made of fresh ingredients and each dish was delicious and made with tender loving care. Stopping here was a great start for our trip to Kouri Jima Island. This stop was an explorer’s paradise topped with a scrumptious meal!
Directions: To get to Kourijima from Kadena, take either 58 (the scenic route) or the expressway (the fast route) North headed to Nago. You can stay on 58 through the city, but be prepared for major traffic, especially on the weekend. If you want a quick shortcut, once you get just south of Nago along 58, take a right on 329 at Yofuki. Take the new tunnel on your left, and it will drop you out north of Nago back on 58. Once the ocean is again on your left, then take a left onto 110, toward Yagaji Island. Drive across Yagaji island, and take a left to stay on 110 mid-island (the intersection is not well marked, but all the traffic should be headed left, just follow the cars). Then take a right on 247 to Kouri, and you’ll soon see the longest bridge in Okinawa leading right to the island. Once on Kouri Island, take a left and follow the road until you see a donkey on the left side of the road and the sabani boat on the right.
Hours: 11:00- sunset