From Hotel Koza to Kouri Island, where the Kouri Shrimp food wagon is located, we took the expressway and paid the toll of 720yen. Traveling so much also meant needing to refuel. Petrol at JASS was relatively cheaper this time at 133yen per litre. At the airport on our way back to Singapore, there were state-sponsored surveys happening – apparently there are plans for a railway line to connect Naha in the south and Nago up north, and they were interested in what travelers thought and if they would use it. I told them it made more sense to drive because I was just buying way too many things and lugging them onto the train would be too troublesome. 😀
A pretty scenic drive…
Kouri Shrimp is so popular that it is already crowded from the moment it opens for business at 11am (*do note that it is closed on Thursdays).
The most unusual thing about this place has to be that the toilet is ‘hidden’ behind an unmarked white door.
You order the food and pay at the food wagon, and return to collect your food there too. The wait is about 15 to 20 minutes though it feels much longer when the weather’s so hot.
I’d already done my research and knew exactly what I wanted. The beef is a steal at just 500yen! We decided to eat in the car instead of at the 2nd floor deck behind Kouri Shrimp ‘cos the weather was just unbearably hot.
Thankfully, the beach is close by so people can cool off in the waters.
I think the shrimp would be much more delicious without the shells but I was too lazy to peel them. Hot weather, remember? D:
Okinawa Fruits Land
This place is really kid-friendly. Go on a quest to try and free a king supposedly captured by fairies. Answer questions and collect stamps along the way…
And of course, I had to have Blue Seal Ice Cream again. The pineapple sorbet flavor is really good. The milk tea one so-so.
Then it’s off to Neo Park but before that, we popped by the Seria store that is near to Neo Park. It’s the only 100yen shop I’ve been to in Okinawa that allows the use of credit cards!
Neo Park can be described as being really “open concept” as you can go right up close to the animals here. Very kid and family friendly!
Why, hello there, little piggy!
It was soon time to return the rented car to Orix. There is an ENEOS petrol station just next door! So you can top up the petrol tank before returning the car. Orix also provides a free shuttle service to Naha airport – we alighted at the domestic terminal. Found a locker rental service for baggage storage then took the monorail to Makishi station where Kokusai Dori is. Around 15mins was all it took and cost just 300yen.
We didn’t quite know what to eat for dinner because we were spoiled for choice along Kokusai Dori! Then I recalled that we didn’t eat at Mazemen Mahoroba after visiting Makishi Market as it’s closed on Tuesdays so off to MM we went…
Mazemen mahoroba is located in a dark alley. But isn’t that where good hole-in-the-wall eateries are? 😉 Just trust Google Maps to get you there. Thankfully we had our wifi device from Native!
Keep to the main road then turn in to a small, dark alley and walk till you see a white vertical signboard a few metres ahead and it’ll be Mazemen Mahoroba.
Spicy Taiwanese Stir Noodles 😀
Stir Noodles with Charred Cheese – can be jelat after a while. Go with the spicy Taiwanese stir noodles instead…
*Free Oimeshi: you can ask for some rice to “finish up the left over sauce in your bowl”.
Kokusai Dori at night:
The coolest thing has to be seeing the folks dressed up as Super Mario characters driving go-karts around Kokusai Dori!
I love the surprises around every corner. If we don’t return to Okinawa, at least we’ll have all these memories flooding back from reading my blogposts again. 😀 Blogging on the go is tedious but so necessary.