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Okinawa is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. It is comprised of over 160 islands, 47 of which are inhabited. Okinawa Island is the largest in Okinawa prefecture. The island is approximately 110 km long and on average 11 km wide. By taking advantage of our geographic location - the closest region in Japan to Southeast Asian countries - as well as our experience with cultural exchanges that we have cultivated with other countries, we are striving to develop an open region to serve as the center for international exchanges.

Okinawa is different from other prefectures in Japan, with its unique history, food, art, and beautiful ocean. Through this workshop, participants can enjoy both urban areas (near Okinawa Kariyushi Urban Resort Naha) and a beautiful ocean (near OIST). Kokusai street is a popular place near Okinawa Kariyushi Urban Resort Naha. It is home to about 600 shops, including department stores, restaurants, accessory shops, hotels, and souvenir stores. For more details, please visit https://naha-kokusaidori.okinawa/en/. Starting on the second day of this workshop, participants will see the beautiful sea of Okinawa in Onna-son. There are many beautiful beaches and capes in Onna-son.



November is a very convenient season for visiting Okinawa. The average temperature is about 24 °C and rainfall is relatively low. The average sea water temperature is 26 °C and one can swim. Actually, many beautiful beaches are there in Onna-son. For more about Okinawa and preparations for an Okinawa visit, please visit:
https://www.visitokinawa.jp/
https://www.pref.okinawa.lg.jp/site/chijiko/kohokoryu/foreign/english/index.html



Access

Okinawa (Naha) can only be reached by flight from abroad. Naha is accessible from Tokyo (approximately 160 min).



From Naha Airport to Okinawa Kariyushi Urban Resort Naha:
Take the train (Yui Rail) from Naha Airport Station to Miebashi Station. It is 10 minutes by foot from Miebashi Station to Okinawa Kariyushi Urban Resort Naha.

From Okinawa Kariyushi Urban Resort Naha to OIST:
The most convenient way is to take the shuttle bus arranged for APWS2019. Please come to the front lobby of Okinawa Kariyushi Urban Resort Naha at 8:00 on November 11.

From Naha Airport to OIST:
There are no trains or direct buses between Naha Airport and OIST. There are several ways to travel between airport and OIST by taking buses. Please visit https://www.oist.jp/directions-southern-okinawa for details. One can also take a taxi (~10,000 JPY).

Shuttle Bus provided by APWS2019
APWS2019 will provide shuttle buses between Naha, OIST, and four hotels in Onna-son supported by APWS2019 (Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel, Hotel Sunset Hill, Kanehide Onna Marineview Palace, and ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort). All the attendees can take our shuttle buses without additional charge.

Temporary schedule
November 11 (AM)
Routes: Okinawa Kariyushi Urban Resort Naha to OIST (Departure time: 8:00)
November 11 (PM) – November 14
Routes: Circulating between four hotels and OIST
November 15 (AM)
Routes: Hotels to Naha international Airport. The first bus leaves at 7:30. If you use this shuttle bus, please make a reservation for a flight departing after 10:30 (domestic) and 11:30 (international).

You can take following general services (charged).
Other Shuttle Buses
Okinawa Airport Shuttle: https://www.okinawa-shuttle.co.jp/en/
Okinawa bus: http://okinawabus.com/wp/
OIST Shuttle bus: https://www.oist.jp/oist-shuttle-bus

TAXI
Japan TAXI APP:
https://app.adjust.com/19hpvr0 (App Store)
https://app.adjust.com/vw034by (Google Play)

Rental car
Rental cars are available. Note that there is no parking space at OIST. Please take the conference shuttle bus or taxi.
https://www.visitokinawa.jp/transportation/transportation-in-okinawa/rental-car