12 November 2016

Japan Day 8: Mihama American Village And Shuri Castle, Okinawa

Japan Day 7: Greeting From Okinawa

Take bus number 28, 29 or 120 from Naha bus terminal

The Mihama American Village is a large entertainment complex with American theme as many American military bases are located in this area.  This village resembles a big American outdoor shopping mall with lots of fashion shops selling American brand clothing and restaurants that specializing in hot dogs and hamburgers.  Plus a big Ferris Wheel that can be seen from afar becomes the most recognizable symbol of this American Village.  The nice boardwalk of Sunset beach just a few steps away from the complex.  The village can be reached in a short walk from Gunbyoin-mae or Army Hospital-mae stop.

Sunset Beach

From there, we headed straight to Shuri Castle.  Made our way to Shuri station and then we had a bit of walk (around 10 to 15 minutes), you can actually catch the bus that will stop near castle but we just want to enjoy the city in the meantime.  

Again Shisa on the rooftop

Outer gate of Shuri castle

Shureimon Gate

The Seiden - Main hall

The throne of the Ryukyu king inside the Seiden

Convenient lift for wheelchair and pram - My boy got a little nervous and excited at the same time, on the lift by himself

Just before the castle close, we had an early dinner at Suimui restaurant still inside the castle area.  Trying their local delicacies such as Champuru, taco rice and Okinawa soba.  They are a real comfort food with great taste.  I surprisingly like that taco rice.  I will definitely try to make this dish at home, instead of tortilla, we just use rice which must easier to find. 

And bitter melon is actually one of the secret food for locals having a long life expectancy.  With an average life span is about 100 years up, among the highest in the world.  Mainly, it have been linked with their good health and diet. 

Pork spare ribs

Goya Champuru - stir fried bitter melon with tofu, egg and pork

Taco rice - American influenced dish with typical taco ingredients, such as ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes salsa and served over rice

Okinawa soba - unlike any soba dishes in Japanese mainland, in here they use buckwheat flour.  Therefore, it is more like a ramen dish instead, then topped with soft boiled pork and green onions with thick broth

Mihama American Village
15-69 Mihama, Nakagami District, Okinawa Prefecture

Tel: +81 98-926-5678
Bus no. 28, 29, or 120 from Naha Bus Terminal
730yen, about 55 minutes

Shuri Castle
1 Chome-2 Shurikinjocho, Naha, Okinawa Prefecture
Open everyday: 8am-6.30pm
Shuri Castle can be reached in a 15-20 minute walk or a five minute by bus from Shuri Station on the Okinawa Monorail

Stay tuned for the next blog still in Japan:

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