Okuma Recreation Facility
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Okuma Recreation Facility Reviews
Beach buglaows, cabins, cottages, studio, suites and camping on the beaches of Okinawa Apr 30, 2004
If you are military and living or visiting Okinawa, Japan, you have to stay here for the beach scene activities! Okuma Military Recreation Facility has several options to make your stay enjoyable: Beach buglaows, cabins, cottages, studio apartments, suites and camping all on the beaches of beautiful Okinawa!
Prices range from $10/night campsites to $45-$65/night suites to $150-$200/night cabins and bungalows.
There is a shopette open 9AM-9PM in peak season (April-September) and 9AM-8PM off-season (October-March). There is also a good sit-down restaurant and an outdoor entertainment patio.
Okuma has all the water activities you can think of: parasailing, jet ski, snorkelling, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, etc. It also has mini golf, a mini 3-par golf course, walking trails, and go-kart racing among other activities. About 3 km away is beautiful Hiji Falls (30 feet high after a long woodland hike of about an hour--highly recommended if you can make the hike) and the Japan Airlines (JAL) Okuma Resort.
We have stayed here several times in the suites at $55/night for a 2-room suite. Our room also had a microwave and refrigerator with a small freezer compartment. The rooms were fine for our needs but we also visited one of the Distinguished Visitor (DV) suites which had a full kitchen and very nice chinaware and furnishings.
It looks like this military rec facility recently was upgraded by adding cabanas and bungalows ($150-$200/night) right along the beach. Some of the suites have been around since the mid-1960's and are cheaper but not a nice as the new buildings on the beach.
It does take a LONG time to drive up to this part of the 60-mile long Island of Okinawa from the military facilities in the south like Kadena Air Base or MCS Futenma--about 2.5 hours, mainly due to the 2-lane HWY 58 after the Okinawa Expressway ends near Nago.
We enjoyed the parasailing, jet skiing and the friendly people on the restaurant staff. the hike up the small hills along the beach to watch the sunset in the East China Sea is very worthwhile depending on weather conditions. Okuma is also very family/kid friendly, but there are also usually large groups of rowdy military members drinking and blowing off steam--especially in the camping areas. Families with kids are better off in the log cabin area near the playground.
Okuma is also a good place to stay if you plan to hike Hiji Falls or travel up to the northern-most point of Okinawa at Cape Hedo. there is plenty of beautiful scenery and points of interest up this far north, with some of the best diving/live reefs on the island.
Every member eligible to visit Okuma Rec Center should do so at least once early in a tour to Okinawa so you can judge for yourself if you want to travel up from the south often or not. It was also a great place for extended family to visit and lodge everyone affordably in a relaxed atmosphere.
Part of the Jeff and Jenny's Travels from 1998 to 2008 travel blog
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