A growing trend in the travel industry are rental cottages, where you can rent out an entire house, allowing for minimal contact with other people. The main island of Okinawa as well as Ishigaki Island and Miyako Island, two of the prefecture's outer islands, are particularly popular for their openness and abundance of nature! This article will introduce accommodations in Okinawa, Japan's premier tropical resort area, which the tsunagu Japan editorial team have carefully selected and broken down by area. It will also talk about popular tourist destinations such as Naha, the main city, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and Mihama American Village, as well as a convenient, large-scale AEON shopping mall that is perfect for shopping during your stay.
Rental Cottages Are a Popular Way to Vacation in Resort Areas in Isolation!
With the current social circumstances, what is gaining traction in the travel industry are house and villa-style lodgings that don't require any contact with others. They are often located in lush, open areas, away from crowded cities. This article will introduce house and villa-type accommodation plans in Okinawa, Japan's top resort prefecture, which combine both of these qualities.
Naha Airport, Okinawa's largest airport located on the main island of Okinawa, can be reached within two and a half hours of Tokyo's Narita Airport, 2 hours and 15 minutes from Tokyo's Haneda Airport, and 1 hour and 55 minutes from Osaka's Kansai International Airport. There are also direct flights flying from different airports across Japan, making it a rather convenient destination.
Okinawa makes for a trip perfect for families, friends, and couples. You should be able to spend relaxing, luxurious time with your loved ones while enjoying the sublime natural atmosphere of Okinawa, without having to worry about anyone.
Please note that the Yui Rail monorail, the only railway system in Okinawa, only runs from Naha Airport to the nearby surrounding area, so a rental car is the best way to get around. Don't forget to prepare a valid driver's license and other necessary documents before going to grab your car! And make sure to check our article on the weather and climate conditions in Okinawa before doing so.
1. A Gorgeous Villa With an Ocean View! A Luxurious and Private Space!
This is a house built in a luxury villa area, located in Nakijin in the northern part of Okinawa Island. The beautiful ocean spreads out in front of your eyes, and the emerald green sea and the starry night sky can be seen from the fun/relaxation room on the 3rd floor. You can also spend time by the bar, in the jacuzzi, or at the BBQ space on the same floor.
The house is equipped with free Wi-Fi, and there is a private pool that can be used from mid-March to October.
There are three bedrooms, and the master bedroom is furnished with a US king-sized bed, two sofas, deck space, and a toilet and shower room. The secondary bedroom also comes with a US king-sized bed as well as a toilet and shower room, so groups with several adults can stay at the lodge. It's always nice to have bathrooms attached to the bedrooms.
This is a splendid space with a large kitchen and dining space.
Why not spend relaxing, extraordinary time with your loved ones in a wide and open space?
The north part of the main Okinawa island has a unique ecosystem called the "Yanbaru Forest" that is home to lush nature even now. At Churaumi Aquarium, a popular tourist spot, an 8.7m-long whale shark swims leisurely in the Kuroshio Sea (picture 1), one of the largest water tanks in the world. The 1,960m long Kouri Bridge (picture 2) crosses the azure sea to connect Kouri Island and Nago City's Yagaji Island. Also in this tourist-friendly area are the Nakijin Castle Ruins (picture 3), a Cultural Heritage Site.
It takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to reach this area from Naha by car.
2. A Villa/Private Resort for Adults With a View of Okinawa's Beautiful Ocean (Nakijin)
Within the approximately 1,650 ㎡ property stands a facility with 52 ㎡ rooms and an infinity pool that gives the illusion of being one with the sea. The contrast of the sea and sky spreading out before your very eyes is unique to this lodging.
There are 4 types of rooms, each of them complete with an ocean view.
The building design is reminiscent of the tropical islands that host it, and the kitchen is equipped with an easy-to-use IH heater.
The infinity pool that spreads out in front of you, the cobalt-blue ocean, and tropical azure skies. It truly makes you want to spend plenty of special time with that special someone.
3. A Full-Scale Villa Equipped with a Private Beach, Private Pool, and Private Jacuzzi (Nago)
A villa located in the eastern part of Okinawa Island, the only true place to be able to see the azure Pacific Ocean. A private beach is included in the over 2,000 ㎡ property where you can spend your time without being disturbed by anyone. Be sure to also take a dip in the private pool shown in the photos (can only be used from May to October).
The building is spacious, so why not forget about the struggles of daily life and free your mind and body while feeling the tide and ocean breeze?
There is a hot water jacuzzi on the second floor with a view of the ocean and the starry night sky. Take a relaxing dip and feel the stress melting away.
The private beach is a mere 20-second walk from the lawn garden and is the perfect place to enjoy the glimmering, azure ocean.
An easy 30-minute to 1-hour drive from Naha City will get you to central Okinawa Island, a bustling area right by the shore that is home to many luxury hotels such as HOSHINOYA Okinawa.
There are many tourist spots, such as the Blue Cave (picture 1) in Onna Village, which is perfect for snorkeling and diving. Mihama American Village (picture 2) is home to a large shopping mall that hosts many different shops. The AEON CHATAN SHOPPING CENTER is located in the same facility, but the AEON MALL Okinawa Rycom that is shown in the map is easily accessible and sells many different products, from everyday items to food. Souvenirs are also available at reasonable prices, which means that this mall is certainly worth a visit!
4. A House With a Luxury Jacuzzi That Can Accommodate up to 14 People! Perfect for Groups and Families! (Onna)
You can see the ocean spreading out before your eyes from the jacuzzi located on the balcony of the third floor of this house. The nighttime scenery is especially beautiful during sunset.
The spacious and stylish room is very accommodating, and the bedroom on the third floor comes with an ocean view.
Relax and forget the time by watching the scenery of the beautiful ocean changing each moment from morning to noon and sunset.
5. A Renovated Beach-Style House Only a 3-Minute Walk to the Beach! (Kin-cho)
This is a house that is only a 3-minute walk to Igei Beach with a spacious garden facing the river where you can enjoy fishing.
The owner designed the interior of the house, which gives off a stylish and comfortable atmosphere.
There are two semi-double bedrooms and one room with a wide king-sized bed. There are also extra futon available, which makes this house for groups of friends. It's a private atmosphere perfect for relaxing.
A 3-minute walk will bring you to the beautiful white sandy beach and emerald green ocean of Igei Beach, located in Igei Seaside Park. Children can play here safely, and its easy getting clean with the coin-operated showers. As it is located inside a park, it is also a great place for walks.
6. A Trailer House in a Large Lawn Space Located on a Private Farm (Yomitan)
Those who love the outdoors or who are looking for a different kind of lodging experience, this is for you! This trailer house is located on an open lawn space of a private farm. You can harvest vegetables from the private farm right in front of you and eat them right then and there!
The inside of the trailer house is surprisingly spacious, with two bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room, and shower.
The open garden with the BBQ set is perfect for those who love the outdoors and barbecuing. There is no feeling like eating outside while watching the sunset at the nearby ocean.
Naha Airport is the entryway to the main island of Okinawa, and Naha City is home to popular tourist spot Kokusai Street (picture 1), Okinawa's top shopping district with a plethora of souvenir shops and restaurants lining the street. It is the perfect place to enjoy shopping and food.
Shuri Castle is a World Heritage Site and a source of pride and emotional resonance for the locals, but unfortunately, its Seiden (main hall; shown in picture 2) burned down in October 2019. However, it is certainly worth a visit to try and understand the feelings the people of Okinawa have towards the palace.
7. A Super-Convenient House That's Only a 3-Minute Walk from Kokusai Street! (Naha)
The most attractive feature of this accommodation with its stylish interior is its close proximity to Kokusai Street, being only a 3-minute walk from Naha's main street. No matter how much shopping you do, the convenient location allows you to easily return to the house, and finding food is no problem with all the restaurants lining Kokusai Street.
Cooking for yourself is also possible, as there is an easy-to-use kitchen available. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of cooking with local ingredients. There are two bedrooms that are perfect for when you want to relax.
This house is also great for those looking at a longer stay, as it is equipped with a washer and dryer.
The south of Okinawa Island can be reached in 40 minutes from Naha by car. It is home to the most sacred place in Okinawa, Sefa-utaki (picture 1), also a World Heritage Site, as well as Gyokusendo Cave, a natural monument that is made up of more than 1 million stalactites.
8. Only a 1 Minute Walk to the Ocean! A Mountain Hut of "7 Paradises" That Blends Into a 20,000 ㎡ Garden (Nanjo)
A hidden house that is nestled into the lush Okinawan forest. It was built by the owner and a friend, with an incredibly stylish interior and a view of the cobalt blue sea seen from the bedroom window.
The owner also built the Hamabe no Chaya cafe, and similar elements are shown in the stylish yet simplistic kitchen, which is also incredibly easy to use. Looking out the shower window will allow you to see the lush Okinawan forest spreading out in front of your eyes.
The view from the Hamabe no Chaya cafe (picture 1) and the terrace seats of the Yama-no-Chaya Rakusui cafe-restaurant (picture 2) in the same facility. Both are within walking distance, where you can enjoy a different scenery of Okinawa.
There is also a trekking course called "Sachibaru Garden", where you can stroll alongside the ocean or take a rest on one of the benches placed along the way to feel the breath of the forests.
Ishigaki Island is full of charm unique to the outer islands. A straight flight from Narita Airport will take 3 hours and 40 minutes, from Haneda Airport will take 2 hours and 50 minutes, and from Naha Airport on Okinawa Island will take around 1 hour. Kabira Bay (picture 1) is the only spot in Okinawa awarded three stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan, and the view from this scenic spot shows the emerald green sea spreading out in front of you. It is also famous for its gorgeous views of the starry night skies, undisturbed by jet streams. The second picture is a photo of the Milky Way taken from the Tamatorizaki Observation Platform. Let your heart be filled by the night sky filled with stars.
9. Feel the Warmth of the Wood in This Log Cabin With a Loft! Limited to 1 Group Per Day!
A log cabin located in Akashi Village, an area particularly lush in nature, even for Ishigaki. It is also wheelchair-accessible.
As expected of a log cabin, the warmth of the wood radiates into the rooms. There are three futon available for the loft, making it perfect for families, as children can roll around without any worries.
There is an open wood deck and a garden with a BBQ set.
The starry sky as seen from the wood deck. Remove yourself from the stresses of city life and enjoy the quiet passing of time.
The cabin is only a 3-minute walk from Akashi Beach, famous for being a place where sea turtles come to lay their eggs. It would be a shame to not relish the beautiful, clear ocean waters, unique to the outer islands.
A 2-hour-and-50-minute flight from Haneda Airport or a 50-minute flight from Nara Airport on Okinawa Island will allow you to reach Miyako Island, one of Okinawa's outer islands that is famous for its beaches. The gorgeous bank of the scenic Yonaha Maehama Beach (picture 1), said to be one of the best white-sand beaches in East Asia, stretches southwest for 7 km. The clarity of the water and the coral reefs decorating Yoshino Beach (picture 2) make the area perfect for snorkeling.
10. A Villa From Rakuten STAY With a Micro-pool!
"Rakuten STAY" is a new brand that specializes in private lodging in Japan. It offers high quality and safety, prepared with keyless and high-security smart locks, as well as 24-hour emergency response.
Each building is furnished with two spacious double beds. There is also a ceiling projector called "popIn Aladdin" that can display television, movies, or moving picture books on the walls, making it a wonderful space to enjoy at your leisure.
The private deck is equipped with a micro-pool and BBQ set, and the open atmosphere is perfect for relaxing.
The lodging is only a 3-minute drive to the aforementioned "prettiest beach in East Asia," Yonaha Maehama Beach. The bridge shown in the picture is Kurima Bridge that stretches for 1.7 km, connecting Miyako Island and Kurima Island. Why not enjoy a drive and see the panoramic views of the crystal-clear waters?
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With Vrbo, you can chat with the owner and get clarifications on any concerns or worries you might have beforehand. The fact that you can resolve any issues before finalizing any reservations is one of Vrbo's biggest selling points.
Being able to avoid unnecessary contact with third parties, and to safely vacation in resort areas rather than crowded cities, are the reasons behind why Vrbo is currently one of the most popular booking sites.
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