5 Recommended Accommodations in Tokashiki Island – where you can Enjoy the Kerama Blue Sea
Tokashiki Island is part of the Kerama Island chain and is one of Okinawa’s most popular neighbor islands. People from around the world visit the island to see its clear sea known as Kerama Blue.
In this article we will introduce you to accommodation facilities we recommend for thoroughly enjoying Tokashiki Island.
Table of Contents
- Tokashiku Marine Village
- Kame Kame House (Formerly: Pension Marine Palace)
- Sea Friend
- Minshuku Yunagi-So (Guesthouse)
- Kerama Villa Shionoka
- What kind of island is Tokashiki?
Tokashiku Marine Village
See the Kerama Blue right in front of you! Tokashiku Marine Village is located right next to Tokashiku Beach and has 56 rooms that all have oceanv views.
There are Japanese-style rooms and Western-style rooms available, as well as a barrier-free ramp. It is known for its charming blue roof and is the largest accommodation facility n the island.
Although Tokashiki Island is an island surrounded by the sea, Tokashiku Marine Village is the only hotel on the island that is located along the beach. It is the perfect place to stay for those who want to enjoy the Kerama Blue sea all day long and those who want to participate in a variety of marine activities.
If you’re lucky, you may even see sea turtles. We recommend whale watching during winter.
Basic Information: Tokashiku Marine Village
Address: 1919-1 Tokashiki, Tokashiki-son, Shimajiri-gun, Okinawa
Kame Kame House (Formerly: Pension Marine Palace)
Feel as though you are returning home when you stay at Kame Kame House, which has a nostalgic atmosphere about it. Located in the Aharen district, where the famous Aharen Beach is located, it is just a 2 minute walk from the beach.
There are Japanese-style twin rooms and western-style twin rooms, as well as Japanese-style family rooms with up to 4 futons. As up to 10 guests can stay in 1 room, it is a great choice for family trips and for those traveling in large groups.
The pension is run by a family and is located in a quiet area. The meals served are home-style Okinawan dishes. We recommend staying here if you would like to refresh you mind and body in a quiet environment.
Basic Information: Kame Kame House (Formerly Pension marine Palace)
Address: 76 Aharen, Tokashiki-son, Shimajiri-gun, Okinawa
If you would like to enjoy the Kerama Blue sea by snorkeling and diving, we recommend Sea Friend. It is located just 100 meters away from Aharen Beach so you can enjoy activities without any hassle.
There are 4 different accommodation facilities (pension, guesthouse, guesthouse annex, log house) you can choose from. The guesthouse annex is located closest to the beach, but the log house has a grassy area and terrace, perfect for relaxing.
Sea Friend serves 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and meals are served at the restaurant located in a separate building. The restaurant on the 2nd floor has a counter and has a lively hall-style layout. At night the restaurant transforms into an izakaya-style bar and is a great place for those who want to go out for drinks during their trip.
Basic Information: Sea Friend
Address: 155 Aharen, Tokashiki-son, Shimajiri-gun, Okinawa
Minshuku Yunagi-So (Guesthouse)
We recommend Minshuku Yunagi-So for those who want to get a taste of life on an island in Okinawa and those who want to live in Okinawa!
Guests can pick local vegetables with the couple that owns Minshuku Yunagi-So. Meals are served at the retro living room, which also serves as the restaurant and has an at-home atmosphere.
As you engage in yuntaku (talk-story) in Shimakutuba (local language), you will feel like you have become family with the owners.
The rooms are all Japanese-style and are spacious with large windows. Although the building is retro, it is well-maintained.
Located just a 3 minute walk from Aharen Beach, you can even sign-up for diving and snorkeling at the guesthouse. It is also conveniently located next to the only shop on the island, Arakaki Store, where you can purchase souvenirs and drinks.
Basic Information: Minshuku Yunagi-So
Address: 31 Aharen, Tokashiki-son, Shimajiri-gun, Okinawa
Kerama Villa Shionoka
Located at a high elevation and overlooking Tokashiku Beach is Shionoka. It was formerly the vacation house of the writer, Kenjiro Haitani and is now being rented out as a villa.
With its bathroom with glass windows and spacious living room and terrace perfect for parties, you can enjoy a luxurious time at the villa.
The kitchen is complete with instant food and appliances. You can even help yourself to the complimentary alcoholic beverages like awamori and wine. At an additional cost you can request a personal chef.
This is the perfect place for those who want to enjoy a private stay on Tokashiki Island.
Basic Information: Kerama Villa – Shionoka
Address: 1848 Tokashiki, Tokashiki-son, Shimajiri-gun, Okinawa
What kind of island is Tokashiki?
Just 30 kilometers away from Naha, Tokashiki Island is an easily accessible island. It can be reached in about 35 minutes by high speed ferry and 1 hour by ferry from Naha. It is a popular tourist destination, so it is important to reserve boat tickets in advance, especially during summer.
The island has a small population of less that 1,000 residents. There are 3 main areas on the island, Tokashiki to the north, Tokashiku in the west and Aharen in the south.
Many of the accommodation facilities on the island are located near Aharen Beach. We recommend renting a car and taking an easygoing drive around the island, which takes about 2 hours.
There are many ways to get around the island, such as rental bicycle, rental motorbike and sightseeing bus. For those who don’t want to feel inconvenienced, this is a great island to visit.
Enjoy the abundant nature and slow lifestyle of Tokashiki Island.
Have a relaxing time at your choice of accommodation, whether it be a hotel, pension, log house, minshuku-style guesthouse, or private villa.
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