To keep up with our tradition, we wanted to take a trip for Nate's birthday. We decided on Ishigaki island (and it's surrounding islands), which is a short 45 minute flight away from Okinawa, and part of the Ryukyu Island chain that Okinawa is a part of.
Once we arrived at the Ishigaki Airport, we took a short bus ride to the Ferry terminal, and hopped on a ferry to the less populated Iriomote-jima (jima is Japanese for 'island').
For Valentine's Day 2016, Nate surprised me with a hotel room at the Marriott #luckylady We decided to make the most of the weekend by exploring some of the spots we haven't been to on the island that were near the hotel: Nago Pineapple Park and Orion Brewery. #yolo
Cherry Blossoms (or sakura 桜) is a big deal in Japan so naturally I was excited to see this while living here. I decided to head up to the north part of Okinawa, to Nakijin Castle (castle in Japanese is jo) to view these pretty pink blossoms. Nakijin Castle (今帰仁城 Nakijin Gusuku) is a Ryukyuan castle currently in ruins and was the capital of Hokuzan (one of the three principalities of the Ryukyus in the late 14th century). Today it is known for the Hikan cherries which bloom in northern Okinawa between mid-January and early February, providing the first cherry blossoms each year in Japan.
Megan Bond - AUTHOR
Just a girl raised in California and loved exploring Southeast Asia with my husband! We're back in the States but still exploring the world as much as we can!