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Relax and Feel Refreshed! Top 5 Country Houses in Okinawa

If you will be staying in Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, then country houses where you can totally relax are highly recommended for you! Here are five carefully selected facilities in Okinawa where you can stay, from pension house-type facilities where you can enjoy interacting with the staff, up to old Japanese-style houses that can be rented as a whole house.

1. Ussa-Yah

Ussa-Yah is an old Japanese house built in 1965 that can be rented as a whole house. Groups of up to five persons can stay here for a flat rate, regardless of the number of persons in the group.
The kitchen has a refrigerator and utensils, so you can cook while you’re staying here. Portable cooking stoves and other equipment can also be used for free, giving you the option to barbecue in the garden. You’d also be happy to know that if the vegetables at the field in the garden are ready to be harvested, you can pick and eat them if you want.

Rates per house, per night: Rates start at 23,000 JPY
※Rates vary depending on the season

1. Ussa-Yah

1054 Shinzato, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa

2. Kin-Cho Kenshu Shisetsu

Kin-Cho Kenshu Shisetsu is a lodging facility that is comprised of six cottages that resemble mountain huts. It is operated by the city government, so the rates are quite reasonable. Staying here means renting one whole cottage, so you will enjoy lower rates if you come with a group.
Here, each cottage can accommodate up to four persons. Every unit features a living room, bedroom with tatami mat flooring, and a Japanese style unit bath. There is also a simple kitchen, so you can cook. However, if you decide to cook, then you would need to bring your own cooking utensils and dishes.

Rates per house, per night: 7,500 JPY
※Rates vary depending on the season
※Separate charges for cleaning beddings apply

2. Kin-Cho Kenshu Shisetsu

4086-1 Aza-kin, Kin-cho, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa

3. Green House Hamahiga

Green House Hamahiga is a lodging facility located in Hamahiga Island, which has been getting a lot of attention of late as an outlying island that can be reached by car. Here, the only accommodation available is a 2-story 3LDK (three bedrooms and living, dining and kitchen) that can be occupied by a single group each day.
The house features three bedrooms with cozy living and dining rooms. The kitchen comes with a refrigerator and utensils.
From this house, you can get to the beach in just 3 minutes by foot. Enjoy the beautiful sea and the mysterious vibe in this island that is said to have been the place where the gods of Okinawa have long lived.

Rates per house, per night: Rates start at 25,000 JPY (incl. tax)

3. Green House Hamahiga

3-3 Katsurenhama, Uruma-shi, Okinawa

4. Tsubameya

Built in 1950, Tsubameya is an old Japanese-style house that can be rented as a whole house. Its main selling point is its ability to give guests the sensation of living in an airy building, which is typical of Okinawa.
Apart from the bedrooms, you can also sleep in the living room by laying out a futon, so the house can fit up to eight guests. You can also enjoy fireworks and BBQ at the vast garden and terrace. Further, there is a tree house that was built by the owner by hand, so you get to eat or rest on top of a tree. And during your stay, you can even learn from the couple who own the place how to make Sata Andagi, a classic snack in Okinawa.

Rates per person, per night: Rates start at 5,000 JPY
※Rates vary depending on the season
※Separate cleaning fee of 3,000 JPY applies

4. Tsubameya

1522 Aza-wakugawa, Nakijin-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa

5. Majin no Tsubo

Majin no Tsubo is a facility that is operated by a Russian proprietress who loves Okinawa. It is a pension-house type of lodging facility with three rooms with 2-level beds and one Japanese-style room with tatami flooring.
It is also just a 5-minute drive to a little-known beach that is not swarming with tourists. You can rent equipment here, so you can enjoy barbecuing at the beach.
At night, the bar opens and guests get to drink awamori (strong Okinawan liquor), Japanese sake, wine and other alcohols. You can enjoy mingling with the proprietress and other guests in the house while munching on the proprietress’ special Russian barbecue and marinated island octopus, among other dishes.

Rates per person, per night: Rates start at 4,000 JPY for a room for two persons and 4,500 JPY for a room for one person

5. Majin no Tsubo

3565-1 Aza-imadomari, Nakijin-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa

The charm of every spot listed here is their being places where you can relax in a casual atmosphere! Many of them have kitchens that guests can freely use, so wouldn’t it be a great idea to head out to the nearby shops, buy ingredients unique to Okinawa, and then cook them right at the house where you are staying?

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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