I woke up on Christmas Day with a surprise.
Photo credit: Facebook of Cielo Unten.
This is the view from my room at Cielo Unten. My camera didnt capture it as well and it depends on daylight. Because I didnt read Japanese I thought that was the general view of the location.
How did I discover this hotel? I didnt know where to spend Christmas eve. I wanted to stay in Chillma but its $550 per night for accomodation only- too expensive. So I searched for a hotel in the area via Google maps and checked out Facebook for info.
But it looks like someone is going to build next door and this view will be hidden.
I suspect we were one of the earliest to stay in the place as the host was quite inexperienced in giving directions. But its new and lovely and next to a restaurant. Coco Neel.
We walked down and found this old house where you can rent for a retreat.
Himself was not impressed with the view. He couldnt sleep last night because of allergies and now looking for breakfast.
Leaving Cielo Unten hotel we programmed the GPS to Kouri Ocean Tower. Sugar cane patches, small pineapple farms and this inconspicuous stop selling fruits and coffee. (Tel: 0980561223)
Bitter gourd sliced thinly. Is that the secret to longevity or the amount of raw cabbage for salad. Help yourself.
It helps to know a few Japanese words like unagi this beauty of an eel, soft and tender. 2200¥. Very reasonable to eat this on top of a hill.
Furusato Full里， a real hidden gem overlooking Straits of Warumi is a tiny Japanese eating place. Top choice: Eel, stirfry beef or beef stew. Buy a ticket from the machine and pass to waiter.
We lingered, bought snacks next door (eg sweet potato mochi, veg fritters, bitter gourd fritters, shikusa fruit) and took photos of the little fairy gardens and the view of Kouri island and the bridge. You can have your own picnic by the open benches and enjoy the view.
Every shop sells the shikwasaa lime juice, the proverbial longevity tonic. You can buy a syrup and add 5 times water. Didnt taste different from the lime juice we have back home. The real lime is not fragrant either.
Driving past the bridge linking Kouri island enroute to Kouri Ocean Tower, we stopped at L Lota Restaurant. We had the bouillabaisse stew lunch set at 2500¥ with drink. Coffee at 500¥. Fabulous view with modern look and sugar cane farm in front and melon patch on right. We didnt drive up to the Tower but it is worth visiting the island and having coffee in one of the cafe and just view the sea.
From Kouri island we drove straight to Higashi and arrived at Yonbaru Lohas at 230pm. Drive took an hour. Megumi was very kind to let us check in earlier and showed us the toilet, public bathing areas above the horse stable. They have glamping tents on a platform. Our lodge is next to the horses. More photos on the
Yanbaru-lohas lodge on another post.
We took a drive to Ogimi longevity village. Nothing revealing except that its a cluster of homes with very old people and a communal hall next to the sea. I didnt find any answers here except that Ogimi is next to the hill and sea. With farms in between worked by the old.
We wanted to visit Sakishima Sappanwood tree but 1 min drive away seeing how deserted the road was, with overgrown weeds, we turned back.
Early dinner and early night.
Japan, 〒905-0411 Okinawa-ken, Kunigami-gun, Nakijin-son, Amesoko, １１２４
Restaurant L LOTA
〒905-0406 Okinawa Prefecture, Kunigami District, Nakijin, Kouri, 466−1
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Ask the convenience store owner opposite Gesashi-Mangrove Hirugi(Rhizophoraceae) Park for directions.
〒905-1205 Okinawa Prefecture, Kunigami District, 東村慶佐次１６７−２
Booked under Megumi Log House under Airbnb