Cherry Blossoms in Okinawa and Kouri Island warnings

Cherry blossoms Okinawa Japan and Kouri island weekend itinerary

We had a lovely long weekend and headed up North to take in the Cherry Blossoms so beautifully displayed and in full bloom at Nakijin Castle here in Okinawa. I highly highly recommend this dreamy spot for viewing the blossoms in Okinawa. But go on a week day if possible so you don’t have to vie for pictures!

Following our morning at the Castle, which the kids thoroughly enjoyed too we were ready for lunch. Kouri island is pretty close by and we needed to see what all the fuss was about at the famous Kouri shrimp truck. The shrimp truck had just reopened following renovations looking like seating was added and nice restrooms, but all the seating is outside just fyi! The shrimp plates while not cheap were finger-licking good and conveniently an outdoor sink is provided to wash off that buttery garlic goodness, genius.

Next we headed to equally famous heart-shaped Kouri rocks, this comes up easily in your gps. Here’s where it got interesting. This spot has become a tourist trap, there’s paid parking, food stands, and hoards of people at least on the day we came. There was an actual line formed to walk down which you should know is a very slippery, narrow, rocky path down to the rocks. Small children and elderly folks take note, many people were falling. It was difficult to get a picture, but I got one and we quickly got out of there. It was a shame. While still beautiful; the people, rocky path, and circus feeling took away from the natural beauty of this spot. Now you know!

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A Christian, married to an insanely gifted and talented Marine husband, mother to Gideon (15), Boaz (10) and our rainbow baby, Shiloh. I’m actually an R.N turned accidental photographer, currently living in Fredericksuburg, Va after completing our final tour in Okinawa Japan. You'll find travel, Jesus, and lifestyle posts here on the Journal.


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