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Walking underwater in Okinawa with google underwater street view

Walking underwater in Okinawa with google underwater street view

March 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The online search engine, Google, added eight underwater sites around Okinawa to the company’s map application, Underwater Street View. The application provides underwater panoramic views and lets its users enjoy “taking a walk” around sites including the best diving spots in Japan, Kerama Islands. Google started providing under water streetview in 2012 with photos featuring globally famous ocean destinations such as Australia, the Philippines, and Hawaii,...

 

Okinawa’s Hateruma nishihama beach ranks first among Japanese beaches on Tripadvisor

Okinawa's Hateruma nishihama beach ranks first among Japanese beaches on Tripadvisor

February 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The world’s largest travel information site, Tripadvisor, announced Japan’s best ten beaches on February 23. The Nishihama beach in Hateruma Island, which came second last year, got the top ranking this year. Eight beaches in Okinawa were chosen in the...

Okinawa tourism expanding to Thailand with increasing promotion and flights

Okinawa tourism expanding to Thailand with increasing promotion and flights

January 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

With tourists from Thailand expected to increase due to new flights between Bangkok and Naha in February, the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is carrying out projects to support the expanding tourism market.

In addition to making services...

Remnant of the U.S. occupation? Half of imported margarine goes to Okinawa

January 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 25, the Okinawa Regional Customs announced its numbers regarding Okinawa’s imports and exports for 2016 in which Okinawa had the highest shares across the nation. In total, five tons of turmeric worth 31 million yen was exported from Okinawa. This...

From 8 billion to 20 billion yen – the hotel resale business taking place in Okinawa

From 8 billion to 20 billion yen – the hotel resale business taking place in Okinawa

January 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Wu Li Jun

The ownership and management rights of the Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort, which had renewed itself last year as a global hotel brand, were resold to the domestic real estate development giant, Mori Trust. Ever since Okinawa tourism recovered...

Okinawa ranks as the sixth destinations recommended by UK travel website

Okinawa ranks as the sixth destinations recommended by UK travel website

December 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A major travel arrangement website in UK called Skyscanner announced “top holidays destination,” and Okinawa ranked as the sixth in the top seven destinations. Okinawa is only place ranked from Asia, described as “the most beautiful and mysterious beaches.”...

Hyakuna Garan receives three international awards for hotel service

Hyakuna Garan receives three international awards for hotel service

November 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
Hotel “Hyakuna Garan” in Nanjo City has taken out three international awards. The “World Boutique Hotel Award” is dedicated to hotels which offer high-quality service regardless of hotel size. In the food and drink section, Hyakuna Garan was the...

Looking to Stir Up Excitement Overseas, Okinawa Hosts the 3rd Great Okinawa Trade Fair

Looking to Stir Up Excitement Overseas, Okinawa Hosts the 3rd Great Okinawa Trade Fair

November 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan’s largest international food industry expo, “The 3rd Great Okinawa Trade Fair” was held on November 21 in the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan. The Executive Committee of the trade fair hosted 188 suppliers from 41 different prefectures throughout...

Taco rice vs. tacos

Taco rice vs. tacos

November 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Which do you prefer, tacos or taco rice? Noise Value Corporation, which specializes in branding of companies and local foods, published its findings regarding whether Okinawans preferred tacos or taco rice on November 2. Those who preferred taco rice were 61.5...

Nakagusuku and Katsuren castle ruins rank among Japan’s best 20 castles

Nakagusuku and Katsuren castle ruins rank among Japan's best 20 castles

August 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 25, TripAdvisor, the biggest travel review website in the world, announced the “Top 20 Japanese castles in 2016.” Nakagusuku castle ruins (covers Nakagusuku and Kitanakagusuku villages) ranked 10th and Katsuren castle ruin in Uruma City ranked 11th....

Okinawan beer export reaches new record

August 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The amount of beer exported from Okinawa in 2015 reached 2,488 kiloliters, which is a 41.5 percent increase on the previous year. The profit from beer sales increased by 38.1 percent, bringing in 380.7 million yen – a record number for the sixth consecutive...

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