Begins in 2018! The most convenient way to get to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Motobu.

[Things to enjoy in the northern area and the west coast by Okinawa Airport Shuttle—airport express bus]

Okinawa Airport Shuttle became more convenient by adding new bus stop “Onna-no-eki Nakayukui Ichiba”— a treasure house for delicious foods!!

It only takes about 2 hours from Naha Airport to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium!!

From February 2019, time table and service route of Okinawa Airport Shuttle have been renewed!

Rapid services are added, and from Naha Airport to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium only takes about 2 hours. Rapid express bus for Resort Liner (Naha Airport to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium direction) has 4 services a day; and for Airport Liner (from Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium direction to Naha Airport) has 5 services a day.

Please refer to the website for the new time table:
https://www.okinawa-shuttle.co.jp/en/topics/20190201

Service route was also re-routed. The shuttle bus will get on the highway immediately from Kencho Kitaguchi (Okinawa Prefectural Government Office). This enables regular express services to get off the highway at Ishikawa Interchange much faster than the old time table; and first stops at Michi-no-eki of Kunigami-gun Onna-son “Onna-no-eki — Nakayukui Ichiba” bus stop. It takes about 1 hour 20 minutes from Naha Airport!

On top of that, before arriving at Nabee Beach Mae for a bathroom break, the shuttle stops at Tiger Beach Mae (close to Hotel Moon Beach and Hotel Monterey Okinawa Spa & Resort) and Sun Marina Beach Mae (close to Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort and Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay).

At Motobu, the bus stop has been relocated from Motobucho Kanko-kyokai Mae (Motobu Kariyushi Market) to Motobu-Kou (Motobu Port). Not only this, but the bus stops after Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (Kinenkoen Mae) have changed to Emerald Beach Mae and Bise Fukubi Namiki Iriguchi as the last stop.

For this reason, I, Umi the editor, visited the new bus stop station “Onna-no-eki — Nakayukui Ichiba”.

What’s miracle about Miracle Fruit?!

Michi-no-Eki (Roadside rest areas) usually have rare products and delicious foods.

So, let’s find out what Onna-no-eki — Nakayukui Ichiba have!?

If you want to see something rare, go to the farm products area! so I first headed to vegetables and fruits market section.

THIS! THIS! Do you know what this is??



The answer is “Shima-ninjin” (Island carrot). This is Okinawa’s local variety, and is a winter season vegetable. Speaking of carrots…, famous carrot dish in Okinawa is called “Ninjin-shirishiri” — it’s a stir-fried dish of shredded carrots and eggs.

How about this one?



This is “Shima-rakkyou” (Island shallot). Normally, white shallots are common but this one is a “red shallot”. Apparently, red ones are not as pungent as white ones. It can be eaten raw but it is recommended to cook it as a tempura dish.

This one is called “Atemoya” which appear in the market during December to January. It’s a fruit with sweet taste but low in calories so it is also known as the “Forest’s ice cream”. Mmm… I want to try it!!

What are these red berry-like fruits?!

These are called “Miracle fruits”. The fruit itself is tasteless but apparently if you eat sour foods after having this miracle fruits, the sourness is replaced with sweetness.

It is said to be quite the rare food.

I should’ve tried it with shekwasha…!!

This is Jimami-dofu. It is made from sweet potato starch and liquid squeezed from peanuts. It is made like this so that it can be eaten as a dessert.

Many popular food products bringing back customers as repeaters

This one is “Banno-dare” (all-purpose sauce) with “Onna-Nabee” label. It uses Onna Village produced passion fruits. The sauce matches well with meat and fish dishes.

Mozuku and umibudo (sea grapes) are distinctive of Okinawan foods.

Passion fruits, dragon fruits, and mango jams.

“Churaumi Dressing” made of passion fruits and dragon fruits. No doubt it goes well with salad, but it also matches perfectly with "marinated dishes", often recommended with fish.

This one you cannot eat, but it’s a Shisa easy-handmaking kit that you can buy as a souvenir.

Okinawan sweets such as Beni-imo (purple yam) tarts and Chinsuko (Okinawan biscuits) are of course sold, and many more souvenir sweets are lined up in the shop.

Many options to choose from at the dining area…

The site is still more to see, but the most fun part of Michi-no-Eki is the Dining Area!

There are many food stores lined up outside the building. This Sata andagi (sweet deep-fried buns of dough similar to doughnuts) store looked very yummy…

This one is called “Buta-saburo”, Okinawa’s specialty pork knuckle shop.

“Tebichi karaage” is very popular. Be careful not to dislocate your jaw!!

This is a snow cone shop called “Ryupin”. Snow cones topped with lots of fruits looked all delicious.

If it was the mango season, no doubt I would have ordered one with mangos on it but this time I tried “Ice cream chanpuru”, a mix of ice cream, fruits and yams.

Vanilla and beni-imo ice creams with toppings of yogurt, sweet red kidney beans, beni-imo, jimami, shiratama (rice-flour balls) and ta-imo (field yum). I properly “chanpuru-ed” (chanpuru means to mix everything thoroughly) before eating.

Heavy on earth!!

Please allow me to continue a little more about this amazing Michi-no-Eki on the next article!

※The content of this article is written at the end of December 2018. It is subject to change without notice.


Information

Okinawa Airport Shuttle
An express bus that connects Naha Airport and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium as short as in 2 hours.
Going from Naha Airport to Nago Shiyakusho Mae (Nago City Hall) takes about 1 hour 20 minutes using this express bus.
https://www.okinawa-shuttle.co.jp/en/

◇Access to Onna-no-eki Nakayukui Ichiba
Take Okinawa Airport Shuttle and get off at “Onna-no-eki Nakayukui Ichiba Mae” bus stop.

Onna-no-eki Nakayukui Ichiba
http://onnanoeki.com/

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