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3 days / 2 nights in Okinawa with Jetstar Japan

3 days / 2 nights in Okinawa

with Jetstar Japan

3 days / 2 nights in Okinawa with Jetstar Japan

The southern land of Okinawa takes only a few hours from Honshu. Blessed with temperate weather all year round, Okinawa is a popular island that offers fun for the whole family with activities like marine sports, Okinawa cuisine, world heritage sites, an aquarium, and shopping!

"It's our first time with the whole family in Okinawa! We want to see the aquarium, the abundant nature, Okinawa cuisine... we want a trip that is relaxing for the parents and fun for the kids!"

What do you want to try in Okinawa, and what are you excited about regarding the trip?

"It's our first time with the whole family in Okinawa! We want to see the aquarium, the abundant nature, Okinawa cuisine... we want a trip that is relaxing for the parents and fun for the kids!"

Okinawa trip monitors: Ami, Shohei, Akira and Chiyoko Numa

It's our first time to use LCC and our first time to go to Okinawa as a family. "We want to rent a car and see all sorts of sightseeing spots like the 'Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium,' the beach, and shopping areas!" Check out this travel report by a family that flew to Okinawa for a relaxing time for the parents and fun for the kids!

About Jetstar Japan

The travel plan

■Trip timeframe: From Sat., Mar. 23 to Mon., Mar. 25, 2013
■The LCC they used: Jetstar Japan
Departure route: Sat., Mar. 23 14:45 depart from Kansai Intl Airport → 17:00 arrive at Naha Airport
Return route: Mon., Mar. 25 12:20 depart from Naha Airport → 14:05 arrive at Kansai Intl Airport

  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3

DAY 1: Reach Okinawa in no time flat with comfortable LCC service. Get ready to enjoy some great Okinawa cuisine right off the bat!

The check in was amazingly easy. The staff saw to it that we get priority boardingThe check in was amazingly easy. The staff saw to it that we get priority boarding

The check in was amazingly easy.
The staff saw to it that we get priority boarding.

The Jetstar Japan counter was a colorful orange. It really stood out, so it was easy to find! It was our first time to check in with LCC service, but it was easy because all we had to do was scan the printed bar code.

When it was time to board, a staff member noticed that we were traveling with children and helped us get priority boarding. Our airplane was new, and the interior was clean and tidy. And the reclining seats were really nice with leather upholstery.

The collagen rich local cuisine was amazing.The collagen rich local cuisine was amazing.

The collagen rich local cuisine was amazing.

We arrived at Naha Airport, and the temperature was 10 degrees hotter! We rented a car and had dinner at the nearby "Okinawa Outlet Mall Ashibina." We wanted to try Okinawa soba noodles, so we chose the local cuisine specialty shop called "Restful Living Rafu Okinawa." I had the collagen rich "Mimiga" (pork ear) and "Tebichi" (pork feet), and it made my skin feel so moist I forgot to put on lotion the next day. The meat was so tender it melted in my mouth! It was really good.

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Okinawa Outlet Mall Ashibina
[Access] About 15 minutes from Naha Airport by car or bus. Right near the "Outlet Mall Asabina Mae" bus stop.

【Time schedule for Day 1】14:45 Depart from Kansai Intl Airport → 17:00 Arrive at Naha Airport → 19:00 Okinawa Outlet Mall Ashibina and TOMITON → 21:00 Arrive at the hotel

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DAY 2: Off to the much awaited aquarium and Shuri Castle. And for the finale, a delectable beef dinner at a famous steakhouse!

Kids absolutely love this amazing sea life!Kids absolutely love this amazing sea life!

Kids absolutely love this amazing sea life!

On our second day, we went to the "Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium." The facilities are indoors, so you can have fun here even in bad weather. You can touch starfish, get surprised by a giant whale shark, and be totally wowed by the up close sight of sea life in an aquarium with fish that swim from the ceiling to directly over your head! We had a really great time.

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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
424 Ishikawa, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
[Access] About 2 hours from Naha Airport by car (using the highway). Or, take a highway bus from Naha Airport or the Naha Bus Terminal, switch to a fixed route bus at the Nago Bus Terminal, get off at "Kinen Koen Mae" (about 3 hours total from Naha Airport), and walk 7 minutes.

We were amazed by how cool it is! The breathtakingly beautiful & brightly colored Shuri CastleWe were amazed by how cool it is! The breathtakingly beautiful & brightly colored Shuri Castle

We were amazed by how cool it is!
The breathtakingly beautiful & brightly colored Shuri Castle.

Leaving the Churaumi Aquarium, we made our way to the world heritage site "Shuri Castle." We were a bit worried that our little girl wouldn't be able to make it all the way along the upwards sloping stone cobbled path to the main hall of the castle, but she made it!

Arriving at the main hall of "Shuri Castle," our kids took one look at the bright red castle and shouted for us to take photos of it as they sprinted into the courtyard. And the inside of the main hall was also absolutely breathtaking! We were completely spellbound by the beautiful primary colors of the decorations. Our son stood motionless in front of the intricate models. I really liked how the displays were easy for a five year old to understand and enjoy.

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Shuri Castle
1-2 Shurikinjo-cho, Naha-shi, Okinawa
[Access] About 40 to 60 minutes from Naha Airport by car. Or, take the "Yui Rail" monorail from Naha Airport (about 27 minutes), get off at "Shuri Station," and walk (15 minutes).

Shopping and dinner on Kokusai Dori Street. The meat was just too good!!Shopping and dinner on Kokusai Dori Street. The meat was just too good!!

Shopping and dinner on Kokusai Dori Street.
The meat was just too good!!

After grabbing some rest time at the hotel, we headed off to Kokusai Dori Street by taxi. Getting out in the monorail Makishi Station area, we were greeted by a giant traditional Shisa lion sculpture. Kokusai Dori Street is packed with local Okinawa specialty products! My son shouted out in surprise upon seeing his first bottle of viper liquor --- with a real viper inside the bottle! This is a shopping spot that is fun for kids too.

For dinner we went to "Steak House 88," a place that is often featured on TV and in magazines. The flame grilled ishigaki beef prepared sushi style atop hand pressed rice was out of this world! For dessert, we went to the "Blue Seal" shop on Ichiba Hondori Street and had "beni-imo" flavored soft serve ice cream"! Beni-imo is a special sweet potato that grows in Okinawa. I wanted to eat more for desert, but my stomach was already bursting. We went back to the hotel, bought some souvenirs, and went to sleep.

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Kokusai Dori Street
[Access] About 10 to 15 minutes from Naha Airport by car. Or, take the "Yui Rail" monorail from Naha Airport (about 12 to 16 minutes), get off at "Kenchomae", "Miebashi" or "Makishi" station and walk a few minutes

【Time schedule for Day 2】9:00 Depart from hotel → 10:00 Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium → 14:00 Shuri Castle → 16:00 Kokusai Dori Street → 18:00 Dinner at Steak House 88 → 19:00 Arrive at the hotel

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DAY 3: On our last day we saw the blue ocean and got on the plane to go back home. Our daughter cried and said she didn't want to go home!

Looking good in "eisa" folk dance costumes. Experiencing traditional Okinawa culture

Looking good in "eisa" folk dance costumes.
Experiencing traditional Okinawa culture.

After enjoying the breakfast buffet at the hotel, we checked out.
Our hotel featured an area where you can try on costumes for the traditional Okinawa "eisa" folk dance and take commemorative photos. (free, self serve)

We went to a beach near the airport. The seashells and pieces of coral we found will be treasures foreverWe went to a beach near the airport. The seashells and pieces of coral we found will be treasures forever

We went to a beach near the airport.
The seashells and pieces of coral we found will be treasures forever.

We wanted to finish up our trip with a chance to see the ocean! So we went to "Chura Sun Beach," which is right near the airport. It is an expansive and beautifully maintained beach, so I really would have wanted to take a dip if it had been summer! You can see planes taking off and landing nearby.

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Chura Sun Beach
5-1 Toyosaki, Tomigusuku-shi, Okinawa
[Access] About 15 minutes from Naha Airport by car. Or, take bus from Naha Bus Terminal (about 45 minutes), get off at "Michinoeki Toyosaki Station" and walk 8 minutes.

The LCC service made us feel safe. Our kids had so much fun on the trip, they slept through the whole flightThe LCC service made us feel safe. Our kids had so much fun on the trip, they slept through the whole flight

The LCC service made us feel safe.
Our kids had so much fun on the trip, they slept through the whole flight.

After returning the rental car, we went to the airport. We bought lunches to eat on the flight back and enjoyed beni-imo tarts while waiting. On the plane, both of our kids slept from take off to landing. On the flight we experienced some turbulent air currents and the plane shook, but we felt very safe because the crew covered all of the important points very well, assuring us with announcements before every incident of turbulence and giving explanations about the emergency exits that were very easy to understand. I felt that the service was just as professional as a major airline.

【Time schedule for Day 3】9:00 Depart from the hotel → 10:00 Chura Sun Beach → 12:20 Depart from Naha Airport → 14:05 Arrive at Kansai Intl Airport

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