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Higashi Village encourages visitors to return to nature

Date Posted: 2011-04-21

Higashi Village, in the countryside of the far northern reaches of Okinawa, is best known for its colorful azaleas and the festival held each year in their honor, and for professional lady golfer Ai Miyazato, but wants to expand its tourism approach by encouraging people to take advantage of its Flower & Bamboo Park, Okinawa Kaguya Hime.

Itís a nature site, to be sure, but there are numerous opportunities for more than simple interaction with nature. The park is located on a hill, with bungalows or cottages available for rental year around. Higashi Village communes with nature by its very location, and it doesnít take long for the stress and tensions of the city to melt away while visiting.

The bungalows are reasonably priced at •7,000 for two people in an eight-person capacity room. The cost is •9,000 per night for three and •10,000 for four. Larger groups, five or more, pay an additional •2,500 up to a maximum •20,000. The Flower & Bamboo Park has horses available for riding for •5,250, and a horse riding school got •21,000, including five course times.

Soki soba is a food specialty in Higashi Village, and there are other activities including ceramics and park golf, plus of course experiences with bamboo. Higashi Village is located 2Ĺ hours north of Naha City by car. Take the Okinawa Expressway to Nago, then continue north to Genka on Hwy 58 then turn right on Route 14 across the island. At the end of the road, turn left onto Route 331, and continue north towards Higashi Village until you see Okinawa Kaguya Hime sign on the left on top of a hill.

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