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Visitors coming to Okinawa from abroad for “Legal Weddings” increasing rapidly

Visitors coming to Okinawa from abroad for “Legal Weddings” increasing rapidly

November 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Ryota Nakamura

Couples that come to Okinawa from abroad to submit their wedding registration and receive their wedding certificates in civil ceremonies referred to as “legal weddings” continues to increase and is taking hold on the island. In 2017, there were 400 civil ceremonies involving visitors from abroad, up 2.5 times from the 2013’s total of 157. For couples, coming to Okinawa for a resort wedding and receiving a Japanese wedding certificate...

 

Okinawa Wedding Committee hopes to develop the Chinese market with resort weddings, wedding albums, and special visas

Okinawa Wedding Committee hopes to develop the Chinese market with resort weddings, wedding albums, and special visas

October 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Resort Wedding Committee (Yoshiaki Ogawa, spokesperson), made up of representatives from wedding-industry companies, has been working to develop the Chinese market. The committee is looking to establish a “Resort Wedding Tourism” business model...

Shimoji-shima to Narita Airport Terminal to open in March of 2019 in Miyakojima, Okinawa

Shimoji-shima to Narita Airport Terminal to open in March of 2019 in Miyakojima, Okinawa

 

October 16, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Prefecture, who along with Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. and Miyakojima City have been working to renovate the passenger terminal facilities at Shimoji-shima Airport, held a press conference October 15 at the Okinawa Prefectural...

Okinawa sends out the call for Karate practitioners worldwide as part of a new focus on martial arts tourism that has many expecting positive economic results

Okinawa sends out the call for Karate practitioners worldwide as part of a new focus on martial arts tourism that has many expecting positive economic results

 

August 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Taichi Hirayasu

 

“Martial Arts Tourism,” the new tourism initiative in Okinawa that hopes to attract Karate-ka from all over the world for things such as training, has been garnering a lot of attention.

There are...

86% of Okinawan view tourism as important, but only 29% say it has made their lives better

86% of Okinawan view tourism as important, but only 29% say it has made their lives better

 

July 24, 2018 by Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa Department of Culture, Tourism, and Sports announced the results of their Okinawan resident tourism awareness survey July 23.

This is the first time the department has conducted such a survey on Okinawan residents.

When...

Daiichi Koutsu high-speed ferry hopes to expand tourism to northern parts of island

Daiichi Koutsu high-speed ferry hopes to expand tourism to northern parts of island

 

July 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Daiichi Koutsu Sangyo Co. Ltd. is participating in a plan to run a high-speed ferry connecting Naha and Motobu Ports.

With the increase of rental cars used by tourists visiting Okinawa, congestion on the roads continue to worsen,...

International educational travel to Okinawa, highlighted by Japanese-style school lunches and cleaning time, increases to 1,565 students for 2017

International educational travel to Okinawa, highlighted by Japanese-style school lunches and cleaning time, increases to 1,565 students for 2017

 

July 1 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB), which promotes an initiative that invites students from abroad for educational travel, reported on June 30 that the number of students who came to Okinawa in 2017, as far as the OCVB know,...

OCVB to host committee aimed at adding Ryukyu cuisine and awamori to UNESCO’s list of intangible heritage list

OCVB to host committee aimed at adding Ryukyu cuisine and awamori to UNESCO’s list of intangible heritage list

 

April 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The...

Okinawa Prefecture envisions becoming a cruise hub as “The Caribbean of the East”

Okinawa Prefecture envisions becoming a cruise hub as “The Caribbean of the East”

 

March 31, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Prefecture announced “The Caribbean of the East Initiative,” March...

Queen at Sea stops by at Naha port for the third year in a row

Queen at Sea stops by at Naha port for the third year in a row

March 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Queen Elisabeth, an around-the-world cruise, anchored at the Wakasa port in Naha port the morning of March 13.

The cruise weighs 90,900 tons and accommodates 2,091 passengers. This is the third year in a row the cruise ship has visited the...

Japan and Taiwan agree to revised fishing regulations in area north of Yaeyama Islands for spring trial period

 

March 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

Representatives from Japan and Taiwan met at a joint committee on fisheries March 15-16 in Taipei to discuss regulations for 2018 including fishing rights in the area near the Senkaku Islands as part of the Japan-Taiwan...