Whether it's summer or winter, Japan's little island Okinawa is the perfect getaway. Okinawa's blue skies and ocean beach along with its unique culture makes it also called the Hawaii of Japan! Which makes sense why it would be a first choice for many people to travel to.
Traveling to Okinawa for the holidays!
For many, what is normally the whole concept of going on vacation? Pampering and treating yourself! While exploring all of Okinawa's great sightseeing spots, why not pamper and treat your skin too!? This time JAPANKURU will be introducing 3 secret gems of Okinawa along with the question of "What kind of skin care products are best to take?" Japanese skincare brand THE GINZA also prepared a new travel size moisture mist spray that you can bring with you onboard plane. From the moment of getting off the plane, our journey begins!🛬🏖
Okinawa Hidden Gems
Tranquil Private Beach Feeling：Mission Beach
The Onna Village in Okinawa is full of resorts, and one place is tucked away is a white sanded beach named Mission Beach. Apparently, this beach used to be a private beach/summer camp site that only opened to Catholics. Now it's open for everyone to pay a small fee and enjoy the beach!
Mission Beach maintains the original beach appearance, the water is crystal clear, and when you see the beachside huts and stands on the shore. Since it is one of the hidden gems, it isn't swamped with people like other beaches would be in this resort area. Mission Beach has something for everyone, from sitting on a beach chair relaxing to jumping into the water with the local marine life. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the much talked about Mission Beach sunset, but if you go to Mission Beach try to stay there for it! It is said to be unforgetable💖
🏖 Mission Beach
📅Swimming season: April-October
💴300 yen *Admission includes changing room
Rentals: Beach and swimming gear
Marine activities: Available Price info here (JPN)
BBQ: 2300yen/person, starting from 4people BBQ info here (JPN)
Okinawa Hidden Gems
Underwater Observatory：Busena Marine Park
Okinawa has one of the most beautiful coral reefs which is why many people in Okinawa and want to explore the deep waters beneath, but they can't swim or something holds them back. How can you still see Okinawa's waters? We recommend the famous marine park Busena located in the Okinawa Kaigan Quasi-National Park. Busena has two facilities, a glass boat and an underwater observatory tower to let us explore the sea.
🐳First, the glass boat. This whale shaped underwater boat takes you on a cruise for about 20mins. The sea has all sorts of mysterious and breathtaking creatures, so the glass bottom and windows around the boat allow you to get up close as if you were swimming down there yourself!
🐡Next, the underwater observatory! This is a great alternative in case of bad weather! The underwater observatory at Busena Marine Park is particularly special because it is the ONLY underwater observatory tower in Okinawa! Just walk down the spiral staircase about 5 meters deep, and you'll get a complete underwater landscape in 360 degrees. Just look through the circular window panes and see what sort of things you can discover!
- 🚌There is a free shuttle bus! More info here!
🐠Busena Marine Park
departs every 20mins from 9:10
APR～OCT: First boat is 9:10am, last boat is 5:30pm (no boat at 12:30)
NOV～MAR: First boat is 9:10am, last boat is 5pm (" " 12:30, 4:50pm)
APR～OCT: 9:00～6:00pm *Last admission 5:30pm
NOV～MAR: 9:00～5:30pm *Last admission 5:00pm
Adult 1,540yen, Student (High school and university, show ID) 1,230yen, Children (4yr~middle school) 770yen
Adults 1,030yen, Student (High school and university, show ID) 820yen, Children (4yr~middle school) 520 yen
Adult 2,060yen, Students 1650yen, Children 1,030 yen
💻Official website (ENG)
Okinawa Hidden Gems
SO MUCH PINK!：MAGENTA n blue
MAGENTA, refers to the color between red and purple. In Okinawa, which always has blue skies and waters, the vivid contrast of MAGENTA n blue is a sight that can't be ignored.
MAGENTA n blue
is in the village of Onna, Okinawa and is a beverage shop that sells juice and sparkling water made of fresh fruit and a lot of love! There aren't any tables inside the store, but there are tons of fun decorations and things to take pictures with and check out!📷✨
🍍MAGENTA n blue
⊡ Official IG
Take the beauty of Okinawa and add it to your skin
An island vacation is supposed to be low hassle, but packing can sometimes be anything but.
Especially when it comes to what sort of skincare/sun protection you should bring, or if it is even necessary?
Protecting your skin with a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen is of course crucial, but your skin deserves more after all the sun and ray exposure. Why not make your skin as beautiful and relaxed as you feel being in Okinawa? So for an added Okinawa travel tip, we thought about introducing a Japanese skincare brand known for being suitable for ALL skin types, THE GINZA. Along with our favorite skincare product from THE GINZA, there are two products from Shiseido (THE GINZA's main company).
"It's important for before and after sun exposure."
THE GINZA HYBRID GEL OIL
3 oz/ 100 mL 25,000yen（excluding tax）
After a sunburn, it is the most crucial time to feed the skin moisture and something soothing because the skin is delicate from the damage and lacks water. We have found that oil works best because it has a higher concentration. You don't even need to use a lot to feel refreshed. Just one or two drops is enough for the whole face to make the deepest hydrating repair.
Not only can it be used on the face, THE GINZA's HYBRID GEL OIL can also be used as a body massage oil, helping you to relax. The versatility of bringing a multi-purpose item makes a good travel item that won't take extra room.
For more information on the benefits of using the Hybrid Gel Oil for a self-massage click here
*Lymphatic Facial Self-Massage HOW TO included!
"Has the hydrating power of skin cream!
And comes in country limited bottles!"
Shiseido 24-HR DEFENSE MIST DUO
MIST 1 MIST 2, 2 bottle set: 1 oz/ 30 mL 4,500yen
It's easy for one's skin to dry out or get oily and become exhausted on a plane due to the lack of humidity, making it more crucial to moisturize! Specially designed to be used during traveling, the new 24h Defense Mist Duo from Shiseido keeps skin hydrated in the air and on-the-go with the moisturizing power of a skincare cream. Including two 1oz/30ml bottles for the perfect hydrating routine, it locks in moisture without the sticky heavy feeling you may get with other high moisturizers. Japanese contemporary artist, ShiShi Yamazaki drew up the bottle designs. Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and America have special country inspired designs, also making them fun collectibles!
- SPECIAL JAPAN DESIGN! The gesture of the girls on the bottle tell you the order of use! How cute are they!?
- Can be used under or over makeup!! The perfect travel sized moisturizer.
"Sunscreen should be more than just protection."
Shiseido Perfect UV Protector
1.6 oz/ 50 mL 4,500yen（excluding tax）
All kinds of conditions in the mountains and sea can change the type of sunblock you need. However, sometimes you need to consider your skin type as well. You don't want anything too oily, sticky, thick, or something that may cause acne...and if it doesn't include anything artificial, that's a bonus! People really should have higher standards in choosing sunscreen products, because they go through your skin into your body!
SHISEIDO's Perfect UV Protector Sunscreen Lotion is not only waterproof and sweat-resistant but has the first "pollen barrier component" that can isolate the dust in the air, along with black tea extract included providing double protection against UV radiation by absorbing the rays and repairing damage inside the skin.
"Come back with more than just a good tan."
Naha International Terminal - SHISEIDO Naha Airport Store
In the international terminal of Naha Airport, there are SHISEIDO Naha Airport stores, not only THE GINZA, but also various brands of SHISEIDO can be purchased such as cle de peau BEAUTE, SHISEIDO, SERGE LUTENS.
The service staff are also expert beauty consultants and will explain and recommend suitable products.
There are also English-speaking staff in the store, so don't worry about communication obstacles!
The "SHISEIDO 24-HR DEFENSE MIST DUO" mentioned above is a limited item that's only available in duty-free shops. There are other tax-free limited combinations at SHISEIDO Naha Airport. Take a closer look and you may find value-for-money items along with things your body will fall in love with!
- SHISEIDO Top Brand THE GINZA
- Beauty consultants help you find what you're looking for.
- Perfume line created by a multi-talented and famous artist, SERGE LUTENS. Not available in some countries!
So we recommend you topping your vacation off with THE GINZA,
leaving all exhaustion and troubles in the dust.
So once you return back to the office,
everyone will be in aw of how great you look!
●THE GINZA Official Site (English)●
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