Okinawa (沖縄)

Orion Brewery

Orion beer (pronounced or-ee-on)「オリオンビール」 is the 5th most popular selling beer in Japan and controls a majority share of beer consumption in Okinawa.

Orion was founded in 1957 and started with brewing a traditional German-style beer, but the company’s popularity took off when they changed the brew to become a more American-style beer.

We went on a tour of the brewery at Naha, Okinawa.

At the end of the tour, we were each given a coupon to exchange for either a beer or soft drink, and some snacks/nuts.

I’m not really a fan of beer but this beer tastes quite light, smooth and refreshing!

Those who don’t drink beer can choose to drink lemon tea instead (also Orion brand).


Orion Brewery
2-2-1 Agarie Nago-shi 905-0021


Phone: 0980-54-4103 (Japanese only)

Opening Hours: 9:20-16:40
Closed from 31 December to 3 January (New Year holiday)
Tours take 40min, followed by a 20min tasting session.

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Treehouse Restaurant: Naha Harbor Diner (那覇 ハーバーダイナー)

Located on Route 58, on the left just after Meiji Bridge on the road to Naha International Airport in Okinawa, you won’t miss seeing the large Banyan Tree along the way!

The Naha Harbor Diner is perched on top of this large banyan tree (also known as gajumaru). Although the tree isn’t real, I’ve never been to a treehouse, what more a treehouse restaurant, so I decided to check it out!

To get to the restaurant, you’ll need to take the elevator which is housed in the trunk of the tree.

Views from the top of the banyan tree (i.e. from the restaurant).

Decided to try the dishes with Agu Pork, which is Okinawa’s premium pork. Agu pork has three-and-a-half times the glutamic acid, twice the essential amino acids and lower cholesterol than regular pork. It is also high in collagen.

あぐー豚の豚肉丼 (Agu Pork Don)

あぐー豚 スパゲティ (Agu Pork Spaghetti), soup, salad & シークヮーサー果汁 (calamansi juice)
– our set meal came with a soup/salad/drink buffet

シークヮーサー果汁は美味しいでよ! 本当大好きですね!

The restaurant is open daily, 11:30am ~ 3:30pm for lunch. Dinner is served from 5:30pm ~ 11pm, with last order at 10pm.

Naha Harbor Diner (那覇 ハーバーダイナー)
〒900-0026 沖縄県那覇市奥武山町46
46 Ohnoyama-cho, Naha-shi, Okinawa 900-0026

Getting there: It’s a 7min walk from Yui-rail Tsubokawa station

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Manko Waterbird & Wetland Center (漫湖水鳥湿地センター)

I love nature and found this wetland on the Naha map so I decided to check it out. Unfortunately there isn’t much info on their English website.

The lady boss of the center can be seen walking in the background towards the visitor centre. She’s a nice lady and welcomed us to the place but she told me that she can’t really speak English. Anyway, I told her that I only understand a little Japanese (^o^) …

Souvenir stamp obtained from the visitor centre:

A model of the Black-faced Spoonbill (クロツラヘラサギ) at the visitors’ centre – we came here to try to spot the real thing….

Headed to the Toyomi Ohashi bridge (とよみ大橋) to look for the Black-faced Spoonbill….

We spotted a black-faced spoonbill which was busy looking for food and was walking around a lot. Too bad my camera’s zoom isn’t good enough to take better wildlife pics (only 18x optical zoom). There were supposed to be 2 or 3 of them but the rest were out of sight.

Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor)
Conservation Status: Endangered

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Conservation Status: Least Concern


On the ground:
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)
Conservation Status: Least Concern

On the stick:
Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) also known as Chinese Bulbul
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)
Conservation Status: Least Concern

View of Manko Waterbird and Wetland Center (漫湖水鳥・湿地センター)

One of the bird hides overlooking the wetlands.

Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Getting there:
奥武山公園駅から 約1.2km 徒歩 約15分
Take the Okinawa Urban Monorail (Yui Rail) to Ōnoyama-kōen station.
The Manko Waterbird & Wetland Center (漫湖水鳥湿地センター) is about a 1.2km walk (approx. 15min walk) from the station.

Opening Hours of the Visitor Centre: 9am to 5pm
Closed on Monday (except national holidays), New Year (from 29-Dec to 03-Jan), and the anniversary of the end of the battle in Okinawa (23-Jun)

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