Way long overdue post, but a couple months ago two of my best girlfriends and I took a little vaca to the island of Okinawa, Japan.
We stayed at the Zampamisaki Royal Hotel right on Zanpa Beach. The weather was perfect and the beach was gorgeous! It was a very short trip, but so much fun!
Just three days in Okinawa, we sought out to eat good food, get a little bit of beach time, and see a few sights in our short amount of time...
First stop - the Shuri Castle, a World Heritage Site.
We paid 300 extra yen to have tea and traditional Okinawan cookies in the special quarters of the castle (definitely the best part!!!)
On the drive from the Castle to our hotel (about an hour) we stopped and got a snack...
I'd heard of this yummy dish they have in Oki called "taco rice" which is basically taco salad but instead of chips, on a bed of rice. I was really excited to try it and made it my first priority. We found the famous taco rice, but instead of in a bowl, the local convenience store had them wrapped up in a sushi roll! It was super yummy!
Seaweed wrapped around sticky rice with taco flavored ground beef, nacho cheese, lettuce and salsa inside!!!! (heated up) Two of my favorite things together in one! (Super bummed that the mainland hasn't caught on!)
The next day we got up and headed to the beach!
More taco rice!!! (this time the traditional way, over a bed of rice)
The next day we took a long drive along the coast to see the "much talked about" Okinawa Aquarium. On our way we stopped at a unique little "drive-thru" as it was called. A quaint little restaurant sitting right over the water.
At the aquarium we saw lots of interesting fish and sea creatures.
It was a fabulous aquarium just as the guide books had boasted!
That evening we met up with a friend for drinks and dinner.
Our last day in Okinawa we toured the lighthouse right by our hotel and got some of the best views of the island....so beautiful!
Girl trip to Okinawa...CHECK CHECK!