Okinawa -- Japanese babes, sex & drinking

Did that shameless advertising work? What I’m really after is info on Okinawa as a visa run destination.

I went to Naha City, Okinawa, for a visa run last year. It was a nice change from the big cities of Hong Kong and Bangkok. Naha is a small, orderly and you can actually fill your lungs with clean air. The airport is just 10-15 minutes from the city center, and the Taiwan visa-issuing office is just a few minutes’ walk from the main street.

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Last time I checked, China Airlines had two daily flights from Taipei, 8:15 am and 4:50 pm, return flights from Naha, at 11:00 am and 7:50 pm. The flight takes just over an hour.

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Taiwan’s defacto consulate keeps the following office hours; Monday to Friday, 9:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 5:00, but applying for a visa is restricted to 9:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 3:00. Watch out for holidays - it takes Japanese holidays too. I got caught out (on a bloody Friday) and had to stay an extra two nights!! Ahh!

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I stayed at the centrally-located Naha Grand Hotel which cost 6,000 a night for a single room. Can anyone suggest another hotel - cheaper or at least better value?

I’m considering going back to Okinawa but I’m too cheap to buy the Lonely Planet guide for Japan when I’m only going to use a couple of pages of it. How about this for a deal - send me photocopied pages (or scanned) of the L.P. section about Okinawa and I’ll (if you are living in Taiwan) send you 2 copies of the book, Formosan Odyssey.

Unless I’m mistaken, you seem to have replied to your own post. Perhaps you’re just insane so welcome for you are in good company.


I confess, you caught me with your new title. But I was interested before, when you spoke of doing a visa run to Okinawa. If I ever need to do that again that’s where I’ll go. The 7th ed. LP (2000) lists the following budget places:

OK Youth Hostel, tel 857-0073. Y3150. In Onoyama, south of the Meiji Bridge.

Harumi YH, tel 867-3218/4422. Y2950 or Y3950 for private rm. North of the city, near route 58.

OK Guesthouse, tel 090-9782-9696/090-4359-2037. Y1500. Pretty far west of Kokusai-dori and hard to find.

Dormitory OK, tel 090-7159-8741. Y1800. Tsuboya area, also hard to find.

Shinkinichi Ryokan, tel 869-4973. Y2800. Just off Kokusai-dori. Popular, clean and comfortable.

Narumi Ryokan, tel 867-2138. Y3400 or 3700 w bath. Near Kokusai-dori.

Hotel Sankyo, tel 867-0105. Y4000. business hotel near Kokusai-dori.

Let me know if you have any further questions or still want to look at the actual LP page. :slight_smile: