Excursions

  • Although the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) still has serious influence over the world, OLC2021 has a plan to provide half-a-day bus tours in the afternoon of Wednesday 29 September 2021. Now, we have four courses to visit the beautiful and wonderful scenic spots of Okinawa.

Remarks

  • Contents of each tour is tentative.
  • Excursion fee will include lunch, transportation, guide by English, and admission fee. Each tour may be cancelled in the case of the lack of participants (below the minimum number of participants).
  • Excursion will be held with appropriate countermeasures against COVID-19, such as wearing a mask during tours, measurement of body temperature and disinfection of hands prior to each tour.
  • Depending on the spreading situation of COVID-19, the all tours may be ceased.
  • Excursion fee will be charged separately from the registration fee on your request and be collected at the registration desk of OLC2021 on your registration at the conference venue. Details will be announced on this site later.

Course A: Cape Manzamo & Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

  • Excursion fee (tentative): 13,000 JPN
  • Minimum number of participants: 10
  • Maximum number of participants: 20
  • Cape Manzamo is one of the famous popular scenic spots in Okinawa. The cape is made of Ryukyu limestone, unique stone found in Okinawa Islands.  In 1726 during the Ryukyu Kingdom era, King Shokei visited here and praised it by saying that it was vast enough for a million of people to sit down.  And this is how the cape is named after; “Man” is million, “Za” is to sit, “Mo” means field.
  • Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is also another popular spot in Okinawa.  The aquarium recreates Okinawa’s sea by exhibiting various marine life.  The enormous Kuroshio Sea Tank is the biggest and the most popular tank where you can observe whale sharks, manta rays, and other migratory fish swimming in front of you.  Enjoy the excitement of underwater world at Churaumi Aquarium!

Course B: Yomitan Pottery Village & Zakimi Castle

  • Excursion fee (tentative): 10,000 yen
  • Minimum number of participants: 10
  • Maximum number of participants: 20
  • Yomitan Pottery Village is a place with in a tradition, culture, a history of the pottery of Okinawa. “Yachimun” means pottery in a dialect of Okinawa and is one of the proud traditional crafts in Yomitan. They have 19 pottery factories; you can observe it freely. Let’s look for a your favorite of here!
  • Zakimi Castle, which was built around 1420 by Gosamaru, a famous general and castle construction engineer who played an important role to secure the Ryukyu Kingdom. Zakimi Castle Ruin is included in “Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyus” as registered UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

Course C: Cape Manzamo & Bios on the Hill

  • Pending Due to Covid-19 infection

Course D: OIST & Uruma city tour

  • Excursion fee (tentative): 10,000 yen
  • Minimum number of participants: 10
  • Maximum number of participants: 20
  • OIST (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology) Graduate University is an interdisciplinary graduate school offering a 5-year PhD program in Science. Located in the southernmost park of Japan, OIST Graduate University is a research and educational institution surrounded by the beautiful sea of Onna Village. It established as a university open to the world, bringing together researchers from around globe. The OIST Conference Center can be used for a wide variety of events.
  • *”Nuchi-masu” is recognized for its high mineral salt content. The manufacturing process of the salt is called Okinawa’s snowscape. On tour, visitors can see the process through glass windows along with a guide’s explanation.
  • Katsuren Castle is the oldest in a castle of Okinawa, and is most famous as the seat of Lord Amawari in the 15th century. The site office organizes incentive events such as local traditional dance performances at this special historic site, and also provides dining plans for groups. Katsuren Castle Ruin is included in “Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyus” as registered UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.