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Update’s ‘Island Guide’ - the only way to travel

By: Arthur Dobbs

Date Posted: 1999-08-27

You’ve read all the brochures and magazines. You’ve looked for information about those out-of-the-way places here on Okinawa. Where did that get you? It probably left you uninterested and tired of seeing those places you’ve not only heard about but have already visited. And you know there’s more out there, much more! But, I’m sure, questions of how and where always continued.

Fortunately those days are over. For potential island explorers, Japan Update has just released Island Guide, a first-class publication that offers an in-depth look at where to go on-island.

This easy to use guide not only puts everything at your fingertips, it will have you visiting those special places you’ve always wanted to say to friends, “Hey, I’ve been there!". The Island Guide not only focuses on sightseeing, but also helps you to get to some of the various parks and beaches used by locals. The convenient reference pages provide you with information about buses, ferries, and also when the major festivals take place on Okinawa. A detailed map insert is included with the guide, which will assist you in finding your destination. The map also lists many of the important spots to see on the island, and gives you all of the major bus routes in English.

Compiled and edited by Ayumi Luke and Marie Conway, the Island Guide is a full color reminder of Okinawa to keep with you even after you leave. The two bilingual editors were able to capture and comment on all of Okinawa's historical areas along with other highlights about the island, a shortcoming of many tourist brochures. Breathtaking photos, aided by brief explanations about each featured location, give you a good idea of what to expect, enabling you to plan some great day trips around the island.

The "Resorts and Hotels" section gives you all the information you need for getting out into town and spending a nice weekend vacation at the place of your choice. To make matters even easier, phone and fax numbers and directions are all there to aid you in making any reservations.

Personally, one of the highlights for me was the ability for anyone to pick up a copy and just take off - no need for the usual travel bureau or agent to plan everything for you, it’s there and you go at your own pace. You won't be viewing the culture from a tour bus window, and you don't have to worry about being shuffled from place to place.

I believe you’ll find the Island Guide the only “companion” you’ll need to help you not only better understand Okinawa but help to make your way around one of the most beautiful pieces of real estate on this planet!

(You can pick up a copy of the Island Guide at any AAFES book store for $9.95 or at all major off-base book stores for ¥1,200.)

Arthur Dobbs is a freelance writer who has spent more than five years in Japan and Okinawa and has contributed to some of Japan’s leading English-language newspapers.

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