Okinawa Tourism Information:24YearsAftertheStartingofHamabenoChaya.AnotherHideawayforAdultsHasOpenedataSubtropicalForest.“VillaSachibaru-Yadui(NanjoCity)”

24 Years After the Starting of Hamabe no Chaya. Another Hideaway for Adults Has Opened at a Subtropical Forest. “Villa Sachibaru-Yadui (Nanjo City)”

post : 2018.07.19 18:00


Photo by: Sachibaru no niwa Co.

Nanjo City is known as the ocean which is reflected clear blue sky. Also, numerous sacred places are located in this city. Recently, “Villa Sachibaru-Yadui” has opened in the forest of Nanjo City, and 3 buidings fit well in the nature. The forest faces to the Pacific Ocean, and 3 separate buildings are built as they are blended in to the forest. The view of beautiful ocean can take your breath away, and guests can enjoy their stay peacefully in this hidden sloping land. 


Photo by: Sachibaru no niwa Co.

A person who built the villa is Nobuyoshi Inafuku. He opened a café called “Hamabe no Chaya,” and he is the first person who opened a café in a place with only beach and sand. He built the café without overelaborating and disturbing plants and insects that exists this place. He built it to promote the nature and climate of Okinawa, and also “to develop the potential power that exists in this place.”


Photo by: Sachibaru no niwa Co. 


Photo by: Sachibaru no niwa Co.

“It seems like there is nothing in this place, but actually there is,” said Inafuku. To make it more valuable, he built the villa to express “the land of Okinawa supposed to be.” As for construction, he tried not to flat the undulating landscape as much as he could and leave gajumaru (banyan tree) and akagi trees that are growing from long time ago. “Just because our lives get better, I didn’t want to do anything to endanger other living creatures’ lives. I made a right decision to leave plants or grass for Japanese white-eye and caterpillars of tree nymph butterfly because they eat those plants to grow up.”  





Usually, sloping land is encased in concrete to build buildings. Instead of that, Inafuku used Ryukyu limestone and bonded them to protect the land, and 90% of limestones were originally located in this place. 3 stone laying techniques are inherited in Okinawa: Uncoursed rubble masonry, Coursed rubble masonry, and Random rubble masonry. You can see these 3 techniques at “Villa Sachibaru-Yadui” and the forest, so guests can feel the blessing of nature with five senses.


Photo by: Sachibaru no niwa Co.


Photo by: Sachibaru no niwa Co.

Also, guests can view ino from the villa. “Ino” is shallow water which is surrounded by reef, and this is a perfect spot for young fishes to grow up, so it is called as “cradle of the ocean.” On the day of spring tide, waves run right below “Hamabe no Chaya” at high tide. The distance from the sand to waves that rushed back into the ocean at low tide is about 700m / 0.43mil. Guests can feel the rhythm of the earth while looking at the tidal zone. The most valuable part about the villa is to spend time on the ground of Okinawa from dawn to dusk. Nature transforms by the transition of time. For example, change of the sky, the sound of birds and insects, the sound of wind, colors of trees, plants, and flowers. There are many places where people can feel the attractiveness and power of nature in Okinawa, but there are not many places to feel like being as a part of nature.


Photo by: Sachibaru no niwa Co. 


Photo by: Sachibaru no niwa Co.

By the way, its name “Sachibaru” means “a field at the cape.” This place is located in the cape, so the residents used to call this area as "Sachibaru." “Yadui” is an area where samurais gathered and developed. They had to leave the royal government for financial reasons in around the mid-1700s, so they moved here to start their lives all over. Actually, Inafuku is a descendent of samurai, so he wanted to stick with the name “Sachibaru-Yadui.” 



Also, each villa is named after the nickname of Okinawan family (“Yago”). Villa A is called as “Hantanui,” Villa B is “Jeehakaya,” and Villa C is “Nikeya.” “Hanta” of “Hantanui” means cliff in Okinawan language, and “i” is above or top. It was named because the villa is located on the top of cliff. “Jee” of “Jeehakaya” means ground, and “hayaka” is a person who surveys. It explains that its name means land surveyor.  “Nike” of “Nikeya” means the second floor, and “ya” is house, so its name means two-story building. Nickname of each family is derived from the direction, location, landscape, or structure of house. Also, some names came from the occupation of household, head family or branch of the family, or the number of brothers. Inafuku named each villa because he wanted his guests to understand not only the nature, but also the culture of Okinawa. 


Photo by: Sachibaru no niwa Co.

“I want anybody to come to this place, especially those people who wants to be relaxed in Okinawa. This is the place where they can communicate and spend time with Okinawan people, and guests can hear chat in Okinawan language. Also, guests can light a bonfire at the beach.” Inafuku cleans nearby streets and facilities on sunny morning, and he works as a guide for a sea kayak tour when he has time. Don’t you want to join the tour and enjoy chatting with him? 

Also, there are many places where are famous in connection with Amamikiyo near the villa. Amamikiyo is the God who created the Ryukyu Islands. Places include Yaharazukasa where Amamikiyo had landed in Okinawa for the first time, Hamagawa Utaki is a spiritual place for local people, and Ukinju Hainju is believed as the first rice cultivation place in Okinawa. Each place is located within walking distance, so you can walk and look around here. Not only spend time in the nature, but you can learn about the history and culture of Okinawa while staying at the villa. 


Photo by: Sachibaru no niwa Co. 


Photo by: Sachibaru no niwa Co. 

Guests can also join certain activities here. For example, relaxation treatment, yoga, walking, and watch of the night sky at terrace. Essential oil that condensed plants such as shell ginger and plants that were grew in the forest of Amazon is used for the relaxation treatment, and it might help you to get relaxed mentally and physically. If you are considering doing yoga, you can choose the from Indian traditional yoga or relaxing yoga. You can also pick a location to do yoga.


Photo by: Sachibaru no niwa Co. 

I feel like being in my true colors while spending time at an isolated place where can feel the bounty of the ocean and forest at the same time. I feel like being more honest than usual, and some people might feel greater happiness by being here. Probably this is how I, others, nature, and the earth open and adopt ourselves. The way we spend time, accept things, and communicate to others at the villa might help us to be ourselves without thinking of occupation or position of our jobs. 


Villa Sachibaru-Yadui
Address: 18-13 Tamagusuku Tamagusuku, Nanjo City
Tel: 070-2322-8023 (reservation required)
URL: http://sachibaru-yado.com/en/


Okinawa CLIP photo writer Nobuya Fukuda

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