The conference provides half-a-day tours on Wednesday 6 November. To attend the tours, please click the “Technical Tour” button below and register online.
|Date:||Wednesday 6 November|
|Departure:||12:30 at Bankoku Shinryokan|
|Fee:||9,800 JPY per person (including lunch box)*The tour fee needs to be paid by credit card.|
|Number of participants:||Course A: 180 persons;Course B: 80 persons (Option: 30 persons)|
Course A: Northern Okinawa Tour
In this tour, we will visit the three best tourist attractions in Northern Okinawa.
Kouri Island is a small circular island located northeast of the main island’s Motobu Peninsula, which is surrounded by beautiful emerald green seas. The Kouri Bridge, which was opened in 2005, connects Kouri Island and Yagaji Island in Nago, providing one of the finest views in Northern Okinawa.
Nakijin Castle (UNESCO World Heritage)
Nakijin Castle was a castle of the Kings of Hokuzan who ruled the area from northern Okinawa to the Amami region in the 13th century. The length of the castle wall is 1.5 km and it stands 8 m tall at its highest point. The entire castle is the second biggest in Okinawa behind the famous Shurijo Castle.
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is widely considered to be one of Japan’s best aquariums, welcoming more than three million visitors each year. Under the concept of ‘encountering the waters of Okinawa’, the aquarium is home to around 740 species and 21,000 forms of marine life. The main tank, ‘Kuroshio Sea’, particularly draws the highest acclaim from visitors due to its impressive size.
Course B: Brewery/Distillery Tour (Option: Dinner Party)
Okinawa has its unique culture, even when it comes to alcohol. Thus, if you are a habitual drinker, you should never miss this tour!
Kin Limestone Cave
Inside Kin Limestone Cave, which is located 30 m below the ground, over 13,000 bottles of awamori, a distilled spirit unique to Okinawa, are safely kept in the moist air and constant low temperature of around 18°C. During this visit we will learn how this environment allows for the proper aging of the stored awamori.
Orion Happy Park
Orion Beer is domestic and the most popular brand in Okinawa, garnering more than a 50% share of the beer market in Okinawa. At Orion Happy Park, we can learn the process of how these excellent beers are produced, which is then followed by the fun of tasting them.
Since its start, Helios Distillery has produced a variety of products rooted in the local community, including awamori, rum, liqueur, craft beer and red sweet potato shochu. We will visit the distillery’s factory and its storage space for its awamori. After that, you can taste and buy various types of liquor at their shop.
Optional Event (Additional ticket: 4,500 JPY)
We are having a small dinner party at “Suroya” restaurant near Helios Distillery to enjoy a variety of local liquors along with fine domestic food. An additional ticket (4,500 JPY) is required to attend this party.