American Village

The Mihama American Village is a big entertainment complex and outdoor shopping mall in Okinawa with lots of shops, restaurants and cafes. It also has a movie theater that shows American and Japanese movies. Its most prominent feature is probably the Sky Max 60 Ferris Wheel which operates from 11am – 10pm for Y500 a ride. This is a fun diversion for many locals, residents of American bases as well as tourists. It can be reached in 30mins by car. I rode the bus from Naha city proper which took about 40mins.

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One thing interesting about visiting the American Village is that you get easy and free access to Okinawan beach. Sunset Beach is just a few steps away along the waterfront. As the name implies, it is a popular place to catch a glimpse of the sunset. The Beach Tower Okinawa and Vessel Hotel Campana are located right along the beach front.

I was surprised to see a homeless right within the beach park premises. So Japan’s problem of its homeless citizens isn’t confined in the big and crowded cities of Tokyo. Obviously, it extends to faraway islands. Fortunately, they seem harmless and usually just keep to themselves.

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