Before all our trips began back in November, we had an impromptu camping trip on the beach with our friends John and Alex. In Japan, all the beaches belong to the public, so you're able to camp on them for free and not worry about getting in trouble. #legit #beachesherewecome
Our friends knew of a beach up north near Cape Hedo we could camp at, so we all hopped in the car and drove about an hour up the island until we reached Hedo Beach. On the way we stopped and had lunch at another legit ramen spot up in Yomitan area, Hachiren Ramen. This was another spot where you ordered off a vending machine, had a ticket printed out, and handed it to the server. I would add this to one of my top ramen spots on the island so far #top3 Then we loaded up on a few snacks and groceries at Family Mart near Okuma (a little beach resort area). One of the snacks we grabbed (accidently) was steak flavored potato chips #gottaloveJapan #meatlover
Hedo beach is overlooked by a 3 story bird statue of the native bird called Yanbaru Kuina (ヤンバルクイナ（山原水鶏) or Okinawa Rail. It is the only flightless bird in Japan. The Kuina's numbers are unfortunately on the decline and have been put on the endangered species list. This famous island statue kept a watchful eye on us all night though :) #illbewatchingyou
Hedo beach is actually located right across from an Okinawan grave site/tombs #notcreepyatall Not gonna lie, I was a little skeptical of sleeping so near these (across the street), but not one else seemed to be... Unlike American grave sites, Okinawan graves/tombs are shaped like little houses. They are called 破風墓 hafuubaka or "gable graves". They also may be referred to as 'turtle back graves' and the style was adopted from China and the Ryukyu dynasty. In Okinawa, they believe they resemble a mother's womb, from where everyone is born and everyone returns. There is an enclosed area with an altar for the family to pay their respects at. I believe only the family is allowed to enter the walled-off section. (Fun side note, we also have one of these areas right down the road from our house - a few hundred yards)
Anyways, we set up camp despite the close proximity. The view from our beach spot was gorgeous!
After we set up camp, we started drinking and playing corn hole. And yes, we still have and use the custom corn hole boards from our wedding #thanksmomanddad After corn hole games, the guys attempted to fish off the rocks at the beach but no luck. #professionalfishermen We grilled some burgers and played uno until late in the night. #whodoesntloveuno #perfectnight
The next morning we explored the beach and corals a bit more since it was low tide. After we packed up, we went to go check out Hedo Point/Cape Hedo. This is the most northern point on Okinawa island. To the west if faces the South China Sea and on the east is the Pacific Ocean. There are several monuments and statues here but one of them commemorates the end of the US occupation after WWII and the return of Okinawa to Japanese sovereignty. Overall the area is very picturesque and we were there on a perfectly sunny day to enjoy the beautiful views.
Also for those who want to enjoy my favorite camping breakfast - check out these blueberry orange muffins. Easy to make and delicious! Just don't forget the tin foil like we did - an essential part and hard to keep the oranges together without it!
Recipe: Campfire Orange Blueberry Muffins
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Hedo, Kunigami, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture 905-1421
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!