Okinawa Tourism Information:Fifty-Years-OldGuestHouse…TheMotherofTraditionalFolkHouseStyleInn“GoyaSo”

Fifty-Years-Old Guest House…The Mother of Traditional Folk House Style Inn “Goya So”

post : 2015.01.27 19:00

Just walking for a few minutes from busy Koza Town, you will find an idyllic old town where many traditional tile-roofed houses and home farms spread before you.

About 50 years old, traditional folk house-style guest house, “Goya So” is also naturally blended into this good, old scenery.

Once you step into the house, you will find a comforting space just simply spreads out.
In the guest room where you feel comfortable with the warmth of wood and coolness of tatami mats, when you are in a daydream, you feel as if you slipped in time in good old Showa period (1926–89) in Okinawa

The premises is about 60㎡ with a house of 25㎡which has 3 tatami mat rooms, floored room with a bunk bed and a kitchen.
This guest house is limited to 1 to 13 people, and you can rent it out with a group.
The entrance has a counter like a street stand, so you can enjoy chatting with awamori (Okinawan liquor) in one hand.  Sometimes the owner gives a small stage performance of sanshin (Okinawa three-stringed instrument) live show. 

Basically you will have to cook by yourself, but the owner can cook his popular “chinpin (crepe made with Okinawan brown sugar)” free of charge!  It is perfect for breakfast or the afternoon snack time, and has been loved by tourists from mainland Japan and abroad.  Also “Okinawa soba noodle from Farmers Market” for 100 yen, which you can prepare very easily, is received well.

Mr. Hidehiro Noshita (commonly called “Hide”), the owner and sightseeing guide in Okinawa City, is from Nagasaki Prefecture.  After having become independent, he moved to Okinawa, which is his wife’s hometown, and started “Goya So” in 2003.

“First, of course, I had to get the feel for everything, and some did not work out well.  Many times I thought that I should stop this business,” he said.

“Okinawa boasts not only “Blue Ocean” but also a real living of traditional houses that still remains especially here in Okinawa City.  Within a walking distance of the guest house, there is a shopping street with a human touch called “Gintengai” as well as the only remaining yuufuruyaa (public bath house) in Okinawa called “Nakanoyu.”  I really would like tourists to feel “real Okinawa”.”

Enjoying Okinawa as a resort is wonderful, but sometimes you might want to get a feel for nostalgic Okinawa.  You will surely discover new charms of Okinawa.

Goya So

Address: 1-5-32 Goya, Okinawa City
TEL: 050-1205-2758 (Reception: 9:00 to 12:00 & 16:00 to 20:00)
Accommodation Fee: 2,000 yen (weekday) ~ per adult per night (off season)
Check In from 16:00 to 20:00, Check Out at 11:00
Website: (This website is written in Japanese, so please ask a Japanese friend for help.)

Okinawa CLIP Photo Writer  Kiwamu Ogawa (Qey Word)