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[My Place] is a Perfect Guesthouse when Visiting the Outer Islands from Okinawa Island
post : 2019.12.19 23:00
The ferries that connect the main Okinawa Island with its surrounding islands depart from Tomari Port in Naha. During the peak tourist season, the port area is overflowing with excited tourists looking forward to enjoying the spectacular beaches on the outer island. The flow of people makes finding a parking space a challenge, and the crowds at the terminal make the ticketing procedures a little hectic. In this article, I’ll be introducing the guesthouse, [My Place], which is just five minutes away from Tomari Port on foot. The great accessibility makes this guesthouse a very popular choice in accommodation by visitors heading out the outer islands as well as by the many divers that visit the islands.
As soon as you step in through the front door, you’ll see a decoration with a whale’s tail by the front desk, a telltale sign that this place is favored by many divers and nature-lovers who enjoy visiting the outer islands. This interior decoration was brought here by the parent company of [My Place], one of Okinawa’s largest marine shops, [Marine House Seasir], which has been in operation for 36 years since its founding. With ocean-loving staff who work there, the communal kitchen and living room, which are available for the guests 24 hours, are great places to hang out and enjoy chatting about diving. Next, let me introduce the most important part of the facilities, the guestrooms.
For travelers on a budget, their dormitory style rooms are a great deal at 1,500 yen to 2,500 yen (rates differ by season), and there is also a dormitory exclusively for women too. These dormitory type rooms have a maximum capacity of six guests.
Next is the four-person room which has two bunk beds, with the rate at 6,600 yen to 12,000 yen (rates differ by season). This is a great room to enjoy a lively time with friends.
Next is their standard twin room at 5,000 yen to 6,800 yen, with two single beds (rates differ by season). You can see the ferries coming and going from Tomari Port from the window in the room.
Their double room has one double bed, and is very stylish and clean, and the rate goes from 4,000 yen to 5,600 yen (rates differ by season). For solo travelers looking to spend a relaxing time in a nice, stylish room, this room is highly recommended.
Finally, their deluxe twin room has two semi-double beds and goes for 6,000 yen to 8,000 yen (rates differ by season). This is a great choice for visitors traveling with a partner or a friend and looking to ensure a restful night in a bigger sized beds.
The five different types of rooms introduced all have washrooms and showers. You can choose according to your preference and budget.
Held on a regular basis at [My Place] are various fun events for the guests and staff, like Takoyaki parties, Shodo calligraphy, Nabe hot pot parties, and sparklers and fireworks nights. The manager, Tachikawa-san says, “Greetings are the beginnings for communication, and communication is the greatest part about staying in a guesthouse. But that initial ice-breaker takes a little courage sometimes.” The events they hold there are designed in hopes that they will encourage people to take that first step and enjoy themselves together. They have staff who speak English, Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese, so guests from around the world will definitely have a great time, too.
Posted on the living room wall were photos and letters sent by guests who stayed here and have continued on their journeys. As I read through some of them, the letters contained episodes from their trips and were full of kind words, showing the strong bond that formed between the guests and the staff who work here.
If you reserve a diving tour with [Marine House Seasir] that operates [My Place], you can get 10% off the rate of stay. If you’re looking to visit Okinawa and going diving or touring the outer islands, I highly recommend staying at [My Place]. The staff will become like family, and the fun time you’ll have with other guests from around the world will certainly make your time on Okinawa all the more enjoyable.
Address: JEIS Bldg. 3-1-8 Tomari, Naha City, Okinawa
Front Desk Hours: 8:00 to 22:00
Check In: 15:00 to 22:00
Check Out: 10:00
*Prices quoted in this article are current as of November 2019.
Okinawa CLIP photo writer, Yu Murakami