Aguni Guide

Aguni Island is a 7.5 square kilometer island home to 950 of the coolest people you will ever meet. It is a two-hour and fifteen-minute ferry or 25-minute plane ride northwest of Naha. There is one boat a day that leave Naha Tomarin Port at 9:55 in the morning, reaches Aguni at around 12:10 and then head back to Naha at 2:00pm and arrives about 4:15. This is definitely the nice way to travel. The ferry is large and very spacious, with regular seats on the upper floor and a sleeping room on the lower floor. Depending on the weather, the ride can be a little rough but it is well worth it. Round trip ticket for the ferry costs 5260 yen.
The plane, while faster, is also more expensive. One-way costs 9200 yen and round trip is about 14500 yen. The plane is an experience in itself because I doubt many people have ridden on a plane that seats only nine people, with one of the passenger seats being next to the pilot. There are three flights a day from Naha. There are two in the morning around 8:45 and 9:45 and one in the afternoon around 3:15.
Once on the island there are numerous places to stay. The obvious in Puchi Isa Hotel right near the port. There are however numerous minshoku (Japanese Inns) available for people. For food there are usually café/dinning areas where you stay, but if you chose to venture out, there are a few restaurants. One in traditional Okinawan Fare called Nabi, and another is Marusan, a Chinese restaurant. And of course, there is Paru, the karaoke parlor that is open from around 7:30 pm to when the last customer leaves.
For those wanting a more natural adventure, Aguni is home to beautiful cliffs and just as lovely coast. Once can spend hours walking along sandy beach or rocky water edges and then climbing up to Mahana observatory, from which one can see all the neighboring islands on a clear day (neighboring islands include Tonaki, Kume, Zamami, and Tokashiki). There are also beautiful caves on the northern parts of island, which are located directly behind the island temple.
For more cultural activities, one can tour the ancient ruins of a castle that once stood on Aguni during the Ryukyu Kingdom, visit the salt factory, where famous Aguni slat is produced, or seasonally visit the sugar refinery, where brown sugar is produced. Lastly, one can take part in one of the numerous festivals that occur during the year. These festivals range from the dragon boat race to the lunar New Year, but they almost always involve traditional dancing, eisa, drinking, and lots of fun.


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