Okinawa to Japan is like Hawaii to the US. Although a part of their respective country, they are more of their own thing–both tropical islands that attract people from all around the world. The two things I was most excited about going to Okinawa were to go to the beach and to finally try some authentic Japanese food. The trip indeed lived up to my expectations.
After exploring my options of getting to Emerald Beach from Naha, I decided to rent a car. The thing is, I had never driven on the left and it was a 5-hour drive round trip. Luckily, aside from subconsciously constantly sliding to the left, I got used to the new gig pretty fast and made it there and back in one piece!
The Emrald Beach was described perfectly by its name. The water, from near to far, was almost clear, then turquoise, finally cyan. Since it was a Thursday, the beach was pretty empty. Nothing more soothing than sitting on the sand, breathing fresh air with a slight hint of seaweed, and having an entire beach to your own.
The food there, especially sushi, was a lot simpler than the American version. I recently developed a love for sashimi, so tummy was happy. Japanese food is on the bland side though. After 3 days I was ready to go home for some American food 😉
My lovely Japanese breakfast