You don’t think I’d post about Taketomi without some foodie posts, did you? :) My husband is a noodle fanatic so he tried to get as many bowls of okinawan soba in his stomach as possible. Sobatei Takenoko on the northwest side of ‘downtown’ Taketomi was one of our favorites. Friendly service, a homey atmosphere, great noodle texture and homemade soup make this place a must-eat! Plus, it’s just a stone’s throw from West Pier, which makes it convenient too! Continue reading
It’s surprising that Taketomi is so low key. With beaches like this, I’d expect more of a Waikiki situation, but that’s not the case at all. There are no beach hawkers or over priced vendors. In fact, you won’t even find a vending machine. It’s as if you’ve discovered a pristine paradise that no one knows about yet. Just park your bike rental and enjoy. Continue reading
Happy Friday! Since the last few (and next few) posts have been about Okinawa, I thought it would be good to introduce a condiment that’s ubiquitous to all the islands – Koregusu (pronounced: ko-ray-goo-sue). It’s a bottle of awamori – the local alcohol made from rice – mixed with lots of red hot chill peppers. You’ll find it at many of the restaurants especially okinawan soba joints. A little bit goes a long way and adds a nice, slow bite to your dishes.
What are your favorite hot sauces?
Ishigaki is a great island to use as a hub for exploring many of the Yaeyama Islands including Yonaguni, Iriomote, Kohama, Hateruma, and Taketomi. All of these islands are connected by a high speed ferry, which runs from early morning to early evening. You can also stay overnight at most of these islands. Taketomi is a small island just a 10 minute ride from Ishigaki, and in that 10 minutes, you travel back through time a few hundred years. Continue reading
Many places on Ishigaki have a laid-back island feel that’s just so darn relaxing and cute. It’s surprisingly under-developed, which makes you feel like you’re in the country – a countryside with an ocean view. One of my favorite spots that epitomizes this atmosphere is a little gelato shop MiruMiru. We went every day! Continue reading
Kabira Bay‘s emerald blue waters and white sand is special, and if you don’t believe me (or the photos), then maybe you’ll believe the experts at Michelin! It was awarded 3 Michelin stars in 2009 and has been a major destination ever since. It’s the most photographed spot on Ishigaki Island, the main economic hub of the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa. Continue reading