Enjoy BBQ with Elder Locals in a Town Famous for Longevity
- Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Ogimi-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
- Product code: EN-OKN-6009-60092
【OUTLINE】An overnight stay (camping) where guests enjoy a barbecue dinner while talking with the locals of Ogimi Village, a village within the World Natural Heritage Area of northern Okinawa.
- Interact with local people at the community center, the hub of the village.
- The BBQ will include local ingredients (Inobuta, seasonal vegetables and fish) and enjoy the food of the village of longevity!
- Enjoy a folk dance to the Okinawan folk song 'Kachashii'!
- Enjoy camping at a great price!
[16:10] BBQ set-up:
Get ready to meet the elderly folk of the village!
Work with the coordinator to set up the BBQ area in front of the Miyagi Community Center in a plaza overlooking the ocean.
There will be time to prepare a tent.
The elderly will join us for dinner!
There are usually 2~3 people, but as the elderly are busy with various jobs, the number of people who join the dinner may vary.
[17:00] Culture Exchange:
Enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner!
Enjoy BBQ with food prepared by the elderly locals of the village. The ingredients vary depending on the time of year, but we will bring in local Inobuta (a breed of pig crossed with wild boar), vegetables, and fish that are harvested seasonally.
Towards the end of the day, there will be a sanshin (Okinawan guitar) and dance performance to the Okinawan folk song 'Kachashii'.
[19:00] Clean up and Farewell
After the BBQ, guests will clean up with the staff and bid farewell to the locals.
Campers will be free to stay in front of the community center (fire pits are free to use until 10:00 p.m.).
Ogimi Village is in a region registered as a World Natural Heritage Site called Yanbaru National Park. It is a designated 'Blue Zone', one of five regions in the world said to have extreme longevity among its residents.
The residents are healthy, energetic, and active throughout their lives. They laugh often, sing and dance, and share their happiness and joy with friends. There are many events held at the village, with plenty of nature and an air of mutual support among the community and residents. The Yuimaaru spirit, which consists of a healthy culture and lifestyle, is the core of the village.
In Ogimi, the village of longevity, use the community center as a starting point for exchange with villagers and enjoy a delicious BBQ. Enjoy being in nature and engaging with the local history that has nurtured longevity. Refresh yourself by learning the secrets of good health and long life.
Accommodation is camping in front of the community center where the ocean of Okinawa stretches out before your eyes.
【THINGS TO NOTE】
- Duration： 3hours
- Meeting point： Miyagi Community Center
10 Miyagi, Ōgimi, Kunigami District, Okinawa 905-1319 [MAP]
About 90km / about 100 minutes from Naha City (Naha Airport).
About 30km / about 50 minutes From Churaumi Aquarium.
About 20km / about 50 minutes from Nago City (Kyoda IC)
About 100km / about 130 minutes from Itoman City (Peace Memorial Park)
- Minimum number of participants：2 people
- Language support： Japanese
・BBQ equipment rental
・Camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, chair, table, lantern)
- Excluded： Drink
- Items to bring：
Please bring your own drinks (alcohol, etc.) for the BBQ.
There is a convenience store 5 minutes away by car.
- Participation requirements：
・Not recommended for pregnant travelers.
・Not recommended for travelers with heart problems or other serious medical conditions.
- Special support： Luggage storage is available.
- Free WI-FI： No
- Toilet： Yes (Western-style)
- Other things to note：
・Closed: Dec. 29th to Jan. 4th
・In the event of cancellation due to weather conditions, like an approaching typhoon, a full refund will be issued.
【HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES】Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout the experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between uses
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
7 to 4 days before the tour date: 40% of the tour price
3 to 2 days before the tour date: 60% of the tour price
The day before the tour date, on the day of the tour: 100% of the tour price
※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.
※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.