I had a car pick-up scheduled at 10 AM this morning from the airport. Unfortunately, no one has mentioned I also had to take rental company’s bus to their office from there. That made me late, but no one cared. On my way they handed me a form to fill in, but shame it was all in Japanese. Funnily, their service is mainly exploited by foreigners, yet they behave oblivious to the fact and don’t learn English at all. It was a very frustrating experience, but I finally got the keys… Regardless, having a rented car has opened doors to tons of new activities across the island.
The first stop was Okinawa World, which is a theme park about Okinawan culture. The park’s main attractions are a massive natural cave, a craft village and a snake museum. I was very excited about the grotto, but I quickly grew disappointed. Yes, it’s big. Yes, it’s beautiful. But there is no educational part to it, no answers to my whats, nots and hows. You can also tell the human interference is vast – drilled tunnels thus destroyed stalagmites and stalactites and nicely tiled paths covering the natural beauty of the cave. It wasn’t impressive at all in comparison to Slovenian’s Postojna Cave or Škocjan Cave. On the surface was actually quite cool – you could take a part in the traditional Okinawan craftsmanship, walk through a garden of growing ananas, bananas and other tropical fruits and enjoy an alcohol made using snake’s venom.
Next stop was the American Village. After US invasion on Okinawa Islands during the WWII, Americans established numerous military bases across the land. Following the events, the so-called American Village has been build in the Okinawa City. It involves the ferry wheel, all american fast food chains and entertainment. There is also a very nice and sandy beach available to everyone, which is rare. When you spend 2 months in Japan, you really crave a real burger and talking with someone who understands English language. I loved being there!
By the way, get an automated gearbox hybrid car. It’s epic.