Iriomote Island is the largest island among the Yaeyama Islands, where about 90 percent of the island is subtropical jungle. There are plenty of activities that take advantage of the abundant nature, but this tour steps even further into the charm of Iriomote Island, an unexplored gem where the only way to reach other villages is by boat. Hence, this tour take participants through a mangrove on traditional Okinawan Hari boats to Funauki village, which is like its own little island but on land.
Iriomote Island is the first internationally recognized International Dark Sky Place in Japan, where the Milky Way can be seen all year round and constellations change with the seasons. Participants are offered a luxurious stargazing experience, where they enter a tent sauna to observe the island's soothing yet impressive starry sky while enjoying the warmth of the sauna.
The ultimate diving experience is offered off Barasu Island, an uninhabited island located 5 kilometers off the northern coast of Iriomote Island, between Iriomote Island and Hatoma Island. This includes PADI and divers who offer inbound guiding and a chartered cruiser for small groups of participants.
The upstream of many of the rivers on Iriomote Island are home to undiscovered secluded waterfalls and a great variety of wildlife. The tour offers trekking and canyoning with a professional guide at Geta Waterfall, which is referred to as a mythical waterfall, and Yutsun Falls, which has a 35-meter drop and the most beautiful gradation of water thanks to the ebb and flow of the tides. Participants will feel energized from the greenery of the subtropical jungle and the clear water of Geta Waterfall on this guided tour.
We have a wide range of intimate tour products of Iriomote Island that can only be experienced here and nowhere else in Japan or in the world.
Karate is a practical martial art that was developed in a war-torn world long ago but has been handed down with a focus on kata practice performed alone. As such, it is a type of martial art that can be practiced by anyone, regardless of physical fitness, age, or gender. Karate practice, which helps to control the heightened tension in the mind and body so that the body can relax, can be considered a kind of moving Zen, and is an ideal "bodyfulness" method for business people who are exposed to intense stress on the front lines of their work. There are just over 350 dojos in Okinawa, the birthplace of karate. Participants on this tour will receive private lessons in Kobayashi-ryu karate and Ryukyu Kobudo from a renowned master who has students all over the world and who has passed on the teachings of Taira Shinken, the restorer of the Ryukyu Kobudo School. Inbetween training sessions, participants will take a tour to learn about the history of Shuri, and experiences related to food culture introduced as part of Blue Zones Okinawa and beauty are also included.
Project that creates and sells high value-added products that utilize the Geionkan facility and luxurious Ryukyu Bingata costumes, combining Okinawa’s history, culture, and cuisine
Participants can wear luxurious Ryukyu Bingata costumes, which are highly valuable and not normally available for rental, as well as indulge in an extravagant time at the Geionkan facility, an old, traditional, Japanese-style house privately reserved for participants and serviced for guests. Here, guests can leisurely partake in creative Ryukyu cuisine, which lavishly makes use of Okinawan ingredients, while watching Ryukyu performing arts (from among an Eisa folk dance, a Sanshin lute performance, a karate demonstration, or a Shishimai lion dance). In addition, a commemorative video in Ryukyu Village will be shot and specially edited into an original video for participants to take home as a souvenir of their trip. For those with limited time, there is also an à la carte plan available.
・The "B.LEAGUE ALL★STAR GAME 2024 IN OKINAWA" is an extravaganza merging elite basketball with entertainment.
・Apart from the actual game, there is also an "ASIA ALL STARS GAME" with players from the Philippines, South Korea, and other Asian countries, as well as other festivities that include dance & 3-point contests.
・To make watching the game even more enjoyable, there will be a hospitality package that includes the ultimate spectator environment, food and drink service, use and private access to Okinawa Arena’s state-of-the-art lounge, and interaction with the players.
・In particular, for the Player Interaction Event, we provide value-added experiences only possible here, including the chance to interact with superstars on B.LEAGUE clubs and get their autographs.
・Okinawa, this time's host site, is one of Japan’s top resort areas, boasting some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and a rich culture. We will announce separate packages to help you fully enjoy the cuisine, culture, and natural beauty of Okinawa in your spare time aside from “B.LEAGUE ALL★STAR GAME 2024 IN OKINAWA.”
・Expected to go on sale in late October. For those interested, please contact us by referring to the information on OTA websites.
[Produced by JUNKO KOSHINO] Limited time event from 12/17-12/24! POP-UP BAR fusing the music culture of Koza (Okinawa City) and table tennis as well as street table tennis that suddenly appears in town
The professional table tennis team Ryukyu Asteeda from Okinawa is holding the Asteeda Festival from December 23 to 24! This festival will be a fusion of sports, tourism, technology, entertainment, and food at the Okinawa Arena, the most cutting-edge stadium in Japan!
Ahead of the Asteeda Festival, internationally acclaimed designer JUNKO KOSHINO will produce a street table tennis event and table tennis POP-UP BAR!
● Table Tennis POP-UP BAR
Dates open: December 17 to 24
Venue: REF Okinawa Arena by VESSEL HOTELS, Floor 8, Music Bar “LEKT”
Tickets: 5,000 yen with two drink tickets (tax included)
● Street Table Tennis
Event period: December 17 to 24
Location: Koza Music Town, Southeast Botanical Gardens, REF Okinawa Arena by VESSEL HOTELS, other locations in Naha City
REF Okinawa Arena by VESSEL HOTELS, the site of the table tennis POP-UP BAR, is a hotel opened on August 1, 2023, based around the concept of THE CHANPURU. This space lets visitors feel the atmosphere of Okinawa City, where a unique culture has taken root that “CHANPURU” (mixes up) the cultures of Okinawa and America.
The music bar on the top floor of the hotel, LEKT, fuses the Koza music culture and a pool terrace that is reminiscent of an Okinawan resort. In this event, the worldview of JUNKO KOSHINO and table tennis will be “CHANPURU” (mixed together) as well. What sort of chemical reaction will be created? Please come and see for yourself!
Okinawa Churaumi Wedding is a service where couples can rent out Churaumi Aquarium and hold a special wedding surrounded by Okinawa's waters, something that is not normally possible. The service includes a wedding ceremony held in front of the Kuroshio Sea tank, where you can watch a school of whale sharks and reef manta rays glide through the water, and photoshoots in the beautiful outdoors of Okinawa. This is a one-of-a-kind experience focused on people living in East Asia. The package includes photography at each location (data will be provided), dress and suit rentals for the bride and groom (one for each), hair and makeup, and on-location assistance. Since this package does not require any advance preparation nor do participants need to bring anything with them, it can be easily incorporated as part of a trip to Okinawa. In addition to couples, we can also accommodate large groups including children, family members, and friends. We can also arrange after-parties and photo shoots at other locations within Okinawa Prefecture to create your own ideal wedding.
In a collaboration between Okinawan traditions and beautiful ocean waters, this tour program can only be experienced here on Kume Island.
Experience precious Kumejima-tsumugi silk fabric, an Important Intangible Cultural Property of high artistic merit, handmade by artisans, and have an expert dress you in it. While wearing Kumejima-tsumugi silk fabric, visit sightseeing spots around Kume Island and learn about Okinawa’s food and traditional culture. Try your hand at weaving Kumejima-tsumugi silk fabric, stroll through old streets, take photos framed by beautiful sea waters, and visit the spectacular ruins of Uejo Castle, a National Important Cultural Property known as the Machu Picchu of Kume Island for its 360° panoramic views.
The Uezu House, a National Important Cultural Property, is the oldest historic private residence in Okinawa. With a wooden structure unique to Okinawa, it has withstood the wind and rain for 400 years, and offers magnificent panoramic views. Although the home is currently closed to the public, it will be accessible as a part of this tour.
In the deluxe plan, visitors will enjoy a unique Okinawan variation of tea ceremony called bukubuku tea at the Uezu House. This special tea ceremony imparts a sense of the mystical energy of the Ryukyu Islands.
A special dining course will also be served. Enjoy exquisitely fresh oysters, prawns, and "sea grapes" (a seaweed delicacy), which is grown in sea water about 612 meters deep, and available only on Kume Island. Visitors will enjoy a gastronomic experience using an abundance of Kume Island tuna and other local ingredients.
Key Attractions of the Tour:
◆Puts importance on sustainability views
The understanding and cooperation of both local residents and visitors to the area is essential to protect its beautiful nature. This tour chooses environmentally friendly activities, and meals are centered on the idea of local production for local consumption.
◆Shows hospitality through a fully guided, community-based & collaborative tour
Tour guides who love the area will assist participants throughout the entire duration of the tour. The guides' roles are also to connect the local residents with the visitors, promoting collaboration and communication.
◆Tours the unexplored, normally inaccessible "Maejima Island," and allows participants to explore and experience the old and new cuisines to fully appreciate the culture of Okinawa's remote, idyllic islands
Maejima Island became uninhabited about 60 years ago when the last family moved to the main island of Okinawa. The atmosphere is mystical, as the remnants of a previous lifestyle slowly merge with nature. Participants will also get to meet Mr. Nakamura, who was born on the island and continues today to protect it, hoping for its restoration. This experience is one of the the major highlights of the tour.
Japan Fruits, a duty-free shop (Note 1) selling fresh, high-value Japanese fruits and cut fruit that can be eaten on the spot, will open in the special security-restricted area (the food and shopping area after passing through customs) of Terminal 3 of Tokyo International Airport for a limited time from early October 2023 until the end of January 2024.
Visitors can experience the full appeal of fruits, which can only be gained by visiting the store, including comparing the flavors of different fruits in season. Grapes and mandarin oranges are sold in October and November, mandarin oranges and strawberries in November and December, and strawberries in January; melons and apples are sold from October to the end of January. Please buy some as a souvenir for that special someone (Note 1). In addition, the store will also display information about tourist farms with fresh fruit harvesting experiences and other tourist attractions in the surrounding areas.
Please enjoy the delicious charm of Japan Fruits while reminiscing on your happy memories of Japan before getting on the plane.
(Note 1: Due to plant quarantine regulations, there are a limited number of countries and regions where Japanese fruits can be taken.)
Multi-Day Tour by Helicopter for Wealthy Foreign Tourists, Featuring Michelin-Starred Restaurants and Luxury Traditional Japanese Inns/Hotels
The idea behind the tour is that the novelty and special nature of the event will attract this target demographic. TripAdvisor, the leading OTA overseas, offers a variety of tours, but no tours that utilize helicopters to take participants around accommodations and restaurants. Using a helicopter gives this tour a sense of novelty. The tour can also be marketed as a special experience, as it can be tailored to meet the specific preferences and needs of wealthy foreign tourists. For instance, some tourists tend to favor ostentatious, extravagant experiences, the interior of the helicopter could be decorated with gold balloons for such a tour group.
Additionally, ARILA Inc. conducts over 300 helicopter tours a year and would be able to form partnerships with many airports and helicopter operators. This collaboration between ARILA Inc. and Gurunavi—a company with strong ties to the restaurant industry—also allows us to offer dinners for these wealthy foreign tourists at restaurants where they would normally be unable to get a reservation. This event will also appeal to foreign tourists through the inherent attractiveness of the various sightseeing destinations in Kyoto and Kumamoto Prefectures.