It continued to pour when we woke up in Naha the next morning. I had booked the OTS car rental (at more than 40 days in advance) and opted for OTS to send a pickup car to our hotel. The cab arrived punctually at 830am. It was a 5 minutes’ ride to the OTS Tomarin branch from our hotel.
It took us less than 15 minutes to settle the rental because we had selected the car and filled up most information online. It was hassle free. However, given the rainy situation, I decided to extend the car rental by one more day and return the car at the OTS branch nearest to the airport.
We rented a Toyota Aqua car for 31,000 yen from Sunday 930am to the following Saturday 1030am. It was pretty cheap. Furthermore, as it was a hybrid car, despite driving for a week, we only had to top up half a fuel tank which was 3100yen. Our ETC toll charges came up to 3000yen because of how freely we got on and off the highway.
Thankfully, we always verified all GPS instructions against Google Maps, we did not have much of a problem using the OTS GPS. I was so glad we were on Klook’s unlimited wifi!
We had purchased these tickets at OTS and they were cheaper than if we had bought at entrance. I wish I had purchased my Churaumi Aquarium tickets from OTS too.
We were very clueless on what the map meant and dashed in for the performance due to a heavy rain. We were puzzled with the order of the place because we saw the souvenir shopping area, then the show arena.
It was only after the show did we walk further into the park when a staff told us to reverse and look for the cave entrance. We were supposed to enter via the cave first, view the orchard, walk through the Ryu Kyu village, watch the show and enter the shopping plaza.
After such a long walk in the cave, I was wondering if we had to trek up the staircase. Japan, being Japan, was always thoughtful. There was an escalator waiting for us at the end!
There was a museum in Ryu Kyu village which we visited and watched a video to learn more about history of Okinawa which was fascinating for all of us.
We were done with the attraction by 12pm and had a simple lunch.
I did not post any photo of the trail inside Seifa Utaki. It was a UNESCO site, was highly regarded as a sacred place. As such, we did not take many photos and even X was speaking in a whisper. It was a really serene and zen place. It would be important to know the history of the Ryu Kyu kingdom prior to visiting this place.