Location & Access
Bankoku Shinryokan is located on Busena Point, one of the most scenic spots in Okinawa, close to Nago city. “Bankoku shinryo” means “bridge between nations,” which is named after a phrase carved on the large bell at Shuri Castle, the palace of the old kingdom. Since its opening in 2000, the Bankoku Shinryokan has been hosting various important events, including the G8 Summit in 2000. It takes about 2 hours from Naha international airport by airport bus.
Located at the southernmost point of Japan, Okinawa is a group of 160 islands, including uninhabited islands. Due to its subtropical climate, it is warm and comfortable throughout the year. There are many examples of untouched nature including beautiful coasts, coral reefs, and primeval forests. Okinawa has a unique culture distinctly different from that of the rest of Japan in terms of language, cuisine, arts, and so on, which reflect its history as an independent kingdom and tributary state to China for several centuries that was under occupied by the United States after World War II until 1972. These features make Okinawa one of the most popular holiday destinations in Japan.
Nearby places of interest
Okinawan cuisine differs significantly from Japanese cuisine due to the islands’ unique history and climate. It has been significantly influenced by the cultures of China, Southeast Asia, and the United States.
Many Asian airlines provide regular service to Naha, which is Okinawa’s main airport, from main cities in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore.
There is also regular airline service between Naha and other cities in Japan.
Several airlines operate numerous flights per day from major cities including Tokyo (Haneda and Narita airports), Osaka (Kansai and Itami airports) and Nagoya.
For more detailed information on the flights to Naha, please see the Naha Airport website.
To Venue Limousine bus services run from Naha Airport to about five minutes from the venue. The stop closest to Bankoku Shinryokan is the Busena Terrace Beach Resort, approximately two hours from the airport. Timetables (see route CD, D and DE) and route maps are available on the Okinawa bus website. For more detailed information, please see http://okinawabus.com/en/
The nearest hotel to the venue is The Busena Terrace Hotel, and several hotels are located around the venue. You can also find various types of accommodations in Nago city. It takes about 30 minutes from Nago city to the venue by bus. During the conference, a shuttle bus is planned to connect the hotels in Nago with the venue. Local bus service is also available.
Activities in Okinawa
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