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Aiai Farm, A New Type of Experience Based Tourism Spot
post : 2014.11.10 16:00
In Nakijin there is a new sightseeing spot Aiai Farm which opened on March 30th. Yugawa Elementary/Middle School close 3 years ago was repurposed to make Aiai Farm. The school and the courtyard have taken on new life and I went to check out the fun.
The facility room is a restaurant, the classrooms are hotel rooms and the science room and home economics rooms have been change workshops and experience rooms. The board for the reception menu and the information boards are repurposed chalkboards.
It has been to make an exciting and fashionable space.
Before the renovation of the school, Aiai started as an agricultural organization.
They made vegetables and were able to sell them to natural food restaurants in places like Naha.
In the schools courtyard and field they grown Okinawa vegetables and fruits like Okinawan spinach and you try planting and harvesting them.
Outside of vegetables, you can enjoy picking pineapples and tankan (a type of citrus fruit) based on the season.
(If 4 or more people make a reservation, you can participate for 1,500 yen a head.)
For the things that can be made, you can make sausage without coloring and additives, natural yeast bread and miso made from germinated brown rice.
(If 4 or more people make a reservation, you can participate for 1,800 yen a head. The classes start from 10:00am and 1:30pm.)
They also sell freshly picked vegetables and dressing and that use vegetables.
I recommend the toast set (500 yen) that comes with natural yeast bread that was made here, a fresh salad and a drink.You get to taste the jam and dressing that is produced and sold by Aiai Farm. They open at 9:00am so it is good for breakfast.
The restaurant opens from midday, so you can enjoy healthy dishes for lunch and dinner. I recommend the “Magowa Yasashii Ozen” (1,500 yen). It is a delicious and nutritionally balanced meal of ma=mame (beans), go=goma (sesame) wa=wakame(seaweed), ya=yasai (vegetables),sa=sakana(fish), shi=shiitake (shiitake mushrooms) and i=imo (root vegetable) (Magowa Yasashii).
While you experience the production and the processing of vegetables at the restaurant there is a place where you can learn about dietary education in a fun delicious way.
There are also accommodations.
They used to be classrooms, the rooms are especially big.
The window frames are the same as they were when the school was open which is somehow nostalgic but more than that they have a magnificent mountain that represents Nakajin Oppa Mountain
The scene of wilderness from the large window in a comfortable space is wonderful.
(1 Night 1 Room 2 Guest, 1 Night 2 Meals from 9,000 yen. There children and group discounts)
For the experience of farming and making things, I recommend going as a day trip or you can taking it slow and staying overnight.
So how about enjoying a sightseeing experience that will leave memories?
Address: 369 Wakugawa, Nakijin-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
Operating Hours: Lunch 11:30am-3:00pm (Last Order 2:00pm)
Dinner: 5:30pm-10:30pm (Last Order 9:00pm)
Direct Operated Store & Cafe: 9:00am-6:00pm
Closed: First Wednesday of Each Month
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