Okuma Recreation Facility

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA

Oki_hai_okuma_1 We moved to Okinawa because of Okuma.  I know that sounds strange, but we were going to request a move to the Seattle area.  We’d been praying about the decision and ended up having to spend a week on a base in England that had AFN.  During that week we must have seen a dozen ads for Okuma — 6,000 miles away, as well as movies about Japan, news briefs about Japan and we even passed a Japanese restaurant in the middle of England.  It seemed Someone was trying to tell us something.  A couple weeks later over breakfast my husband said, “So, I was thinking…  what would you think about moving to Okinawa, Japan?”  And here we are.

So of course we were looking forward to actually going up there once we arrived.  We spent 4 days there in August and another 4 in November.  We enjoyed both trips immensely and are going back in January to enjoy one of the Okuma getaway specials that are on through March.  We have small kids so we didn’t try all of the activities on offer, but we went on the glass bottom boat and rented the fun 4-seater bikes and played miniature golf.  When my husband gets qualified to dive, we’ll be going up for some of their great dive deals.

Okihai_okuma_4Okihai_okuma_2The restaurant is not bad — better than the usual military fare.  The rooms are basic, but the views are fabulous (it’s on a long skinny peninsula and so there is water everywhere!).  The little shop seems to have a bit of everything including free DVD rentals since their TV reception is poor.  They have pack-n-plays for the baby.  I haven’t stayed in the cabins or camped yet (but that’s what we’re going to do in a couple of weeks).

What I love is that it makes it easy to do all of the northern Okinawa stuff that you might like to without having to drive 2 hours to do it…  The Aquarium, Pineapple Park, Neo Park, Orion Factory, Cape Hedo, Hiji Falls, Butterfly Park, etc, etc…  And I also just love being away — it is so much easier to have quality time with the family.

The website has great directions, info on their specials and all the details on various activities you can do (seems like anything that can be done on or under the water is available).

10 COMMENTS

  1. It’s okay on a budget or with a bunch of kids. But I’d rather pay a lil more and go to the Japanese resorts and beaches.

  2. The website links you have are defunct.
    The DSN number is has been not working for the past year.
    There is a cell phone number and if you call MCCS tours plus of Camp Foster, they can provide the cell phone number.

  3. We went last year and camped for memorial day. It was really nice and the humidity wasn’t to bad. We also went for July 4th. The humidity was worse, but we didn’t notice it as much since we were in the ocean and having fun as a family (however, we did notice it at night in our tent, but if you aren’t camping your rooms wont be humid!). We are looking forward to the warmth to come back so we can get back out to camping (with having a 2 year old the cold isn’t good to take her into for to long! My how I want her to grow up all ready).

  4. Would going to Okuma in May just be too miserable with the humidity and heat? Was thinking of doing something with my family for Memorial Day weekend but not too sure it Okuma would be good?

  5. Okuma is a must see. We drove 58 to enjoy the amazing view…then the expressway home 790 Yen- much quicker. The huge mountain trail is worth the hike- even with a stroller- the views were incredible. Enjoyed Uufyya soba restaurant ( thanks Kaho) a MUST EAT. Would be a fun place to go with several families. Jusco on 58 (drive home) was different and much larger than the ones here.

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