If I am reading multiple place on the Interwebs you may be out of luck. There were ferries running regular scheduled service from Taiwan to Okinawa but they apparently went bankrupt (OpenJourney confirms this as well).
If one to believe Wikitravel there is an irregular service offered by Star Cruises but I can't confirm through their website this to be ...
The Okinawa Classic Car Association (沖縄クラシックカー協会) has a small showroom atop a garage specializing in, you guessed it, classic cars. All visitors welcome.
ガレージルマン (Garage Le Mans)
In Ginowan on the main island, not far from the US Army base, so I imagine they've had the odd long-nose visiting in the past. Open Mon-Sat 8:30-18:30, map ...
Star Cruises operates cruises in 2013 from Keelung, Taiwan to Naha and Ishigaki in Okinawa. Their website is astonishingly disorganized, slow and flaky, but a search for cruises in July 2013 from Keelung indicates that they operate the Keelung-Ishigaki-Keelung route almost weekly in summer, with departures on July 3, 10, 24 and 31, with two-night cruises ...
Yup, Okinawa has lots of cheap lodgings, it's where all the Japanese hippies, surfers and dropouts go to hang out. ゲストハウス (gesutohausu, "guesthouse") and 安宿 (yasuyado, "cheap inn") are the usual terms. ¥1000/night is largely a Naha thing though, it's not going to be easy to find that elsewhere in Okinawa.
Here's a handy listing of (close to?) all ...
A colleague has traveled to Okinawa from the US twice to teach a class. Each time, he flew to Tokyo (Narita, I believe), and transferred to another flight that stopped in Osaka before heading to Naha.
A list of ferries are listed on this Japan-Guide website, including ones from Kagoshima or Tokyo. Travel times are over a day.
This website is a mini search engine of all Automobile Museum in Japan, by prefecture. It doesn't say how many total museums there are in Japan, but it appears they have quite a lot listed. However, there are "no results for Okinawa-ken" so I'm going to go ahead and say unfortunately the answer to this question is "No"
I found this twelve-year-old post on a Lonely Planet forum:
Weekly ferry services operate between the Taiwanese ports of Keelung
and Kaohsiung, and the southern Japanese-island of Okinawa. The
ferries arrive in and depart from Naha, the capital of Okinawa, often
stopping at the Miyako and Ishigaki Islands en route. Fares for the
20-hour journey ...
Well, as usual not directly.
There are ferries operating from Shanghai to Kobe and Osaka, by multiple companies
Japan China International Ferry Company
Shanghai Ferry Company
and from Qingdao to Shimonoseki by:
Orient Ferry Company - And in English
From Osaka you can definitely catch a ferry to Naha from Shimonoseki I am not so sure but you can ...
There seems to be at least a couple!
Chuko Awamori in Tomigusuku apparently has free tours.
It's about a twenty minute drive from the airport. I'm not sure if they offer free tasting as the webpage mentions prices for buying awamori, but this doesn't mean there's not also free sipping.
Apparently this is the only company that makes its own earthenware ...
After following the BBC links to his English website, it seems he teaches at a cultural center in Naha...
I currently teach Uchinaaguchi at the Well Culture School in Naha. If you have any inquiries or would like to try it out, please call 098-832-5588.
Judging by the Japanese news page which still mentions his teaching as recently as autumn last year, I ...
I can't prove a negative, but as far as I can tell by looking at the sites of A-Line and Marix, the answer is no, they don't offer any sort of hop-on-hop-off ticket, nor do you get any "stopovers" if you buy a longer ticket.
There's a third option from Amami to Kagoshima, the once-weekly Tokara Ferry via the tiny and obscure Tokara Islands (long on my ...
Here's a blog post about it, including a pointer to the location on map.goo.ne.jp. As you can see, it's hard to find and there's barely anything there aside from a few overgrown stone walls. The last couple of photos are of a shrine along the way, not the ruins.
According to the Ryukyu Shimpo, a new service was started in the spring of 2016 between Taiwan and Ishigaki (Okinawa) once a week. The ship that makes the trip is the Natchan Rera. The route was just put on hiatus last month (Mainichi Shinbun article) but is expected to resume from May 2017 as a charter service.
Wagon Group cruise line (Chinese only)
As you can see on this map, Japanese ferries are operated by different companies (every color is a different one). This is by the way similar to the Japanese railway and subway system. The difference from the Subway system however is that people rarely travel over several ferry routes. To make a cross-company ferry ticket is quite difficult, and due to the ...
As per the official tourism website of Yonaguni town as well as Japanese Wikipedia (last updated on 12 May 2016), no, there isn't. The only options are by plane or ferry from Ishigaki or Naha (the ferry from Naha being mentioned only on Wikipedia, and only as "irregular").
Yes, it is possible, as you have figured out yourself. Buying ferry tickets on the spot is no problem; buying plane tickets on the spot is possible too but is expensive (about 20,000 yen, versus about 5,000 if bought sufficiently in advance) and there is a risk that the flight will be booked out already.
We went to the flea market at Camp Kinser last Sunday afternoon, about half an our before the market closed.
I was a bit worried about the rules and didn't have a visa or ESTA. I went with my local Okinawan friend who has nothing to do with the military or the bases.
The flea market is inside the outermost perimeter fence. There are further perimeter ...
It certainly looks like they're checked, before opening time.
From the "Rules" page on MCCS Okinawa's flea market:
The Flea Market opens to sellers at 6a.m. on Camp Courtney and at 11 a.m. on Camps Foster and Kinser.
Anyone entering before opening time must be a seller with SOFA status and have a valid Department of Defense (DoD) identification
Well I thought this was going to be a silly question and that Ishigaki's airport might not be international.
But then some hunting revealed that there are in fact direct flights from Taipei to Ishigaki on TransAsia Airways.
Picking a random date in August I found the price to be $8448.0 TWD, which comes to $308 AUD, much cheaper than any non-direct flights ...
A-Line goes from Motobu (本部) to Kagoshima (鹿児島) around twice weekly, but the price difference is marginal:
Naha to Kagoshima: ¥15,200 in 2nd class
Motobu to Kagoshima: ¥14,300 in 2nd class
And by remarkable coincidence, the prices on competitor Marix are precisely the same.
Yes, it is. If you go to this online-bus map, you will see that there are tons of stations all over the island. Zoom out of the google maps and check the tickbox "bus stops" in the orange field above it. I am sure you will find one near where you want to go. One of the longest routes from downtown Naha will take you only 3.5 hours, provided you take the ...
Most of the American Cars have been scrapped since Reversion to Japan 1975, since left hand driving cars were a little bit harder to drive on the left-hand side of the road and shipping of American Cars were nearly prohibited. Nothing could be shipped newer than a 1973 American car in 1988.
There are some American cars still owned by the local nationals, ...
Marinas in Okinawa are rarely gated premises. You can normally go in anywhere except some special super-yacht berth places. You can always go there and start to talk to people.
If you take a look at google streetview, you can see how the marinas do not have any kind of enclosures.
You could contact the local dive shops, and ask them, they would at least tell you where they take you when you take a trip with them.
Tom Sawyer +81 980-83-4677. http://www.ishigaki-tomsawyer.jp/
Hanalee Adventure Tours +81 9031986472. http://hanalee-ishigaki.com/
Umicoza +81 980-88-2434. http://umicoza.com/en/
Note: as requested in a comment, here is how I solved the problem in my particular case. It is a workaround that hopefully will help others.
France and South Korea have an agreement and a French driver license can be exchanged for a Korean driver license. All you need is to go to a regional driver's license examination office, do a medical checkup (eyesight)...
No personal experience, but a there is apparently a popular place for both snorkelling and easy dives, along the coast close to Nago (just south of Motobu Port) called "Gorilla Chop". It's pretty much a straight transliteration for the Japanese version, ゴリラチョップ, so locals should recognise the name if you need directions.
There is parking right beside, ...
The problem is that I can only provide the site that lists the Ferries running to/from various locations in Okinawa. It lists 2 lines that make a stop at Motobu, Marix line and A Line both of which provide daily service from Motobu. Both sites are in Japanese and I currently have problem with online translation.
I've now found another possibility, also from Taipei via the website momondo.com.
Mandarin Airlines seem to have direct flights to Ishigaki for about $295 AUD but their website is of such poor quality that I can't work out how to book directly rather than with momondo.