Take a trip to the heart of the blue zone (Photo: Bonson Lam)

Okinawa Health and Wellbeing

Immerse yourself in the Blue Zone

Take a trip to the heart of the blue zone (Photo: Bonson Lam)
Bonson Lam   - 3 min read

Okinawa is home to some of the world’s oldest and healthiest people, with 34 centenarians per 100,000 people. Citizens of this blue zone have lower rates of cancer and cardiovascular disease than most other parts of the world. It is time to take the plunge. Become an Okinawan for five days on this special tour and experience it for yourself.

DAY 1 Arrive in Naha

On arrival at Naha Airport take the monorail to the hotel in Naha city, the capital of Okinawa. Following dinner take in one of the many cafes, Okinawan, or jazz music venues in Kokusai Dori, the island’s “International Street”, before retiring to Hyakuan Garan Resort.

DAY 2 Naha Markets and Culture

Makishi Public Market is Naha’s kitchen, with dozens of fresh food stalls showcasing local produce. Drop in after breakfast, before heading to a hands-on cooking class using some of the ingredients. This is an insightful foray into Okinawa culture, which will be of interest to active and passive cooks alike. We will also visit the Okinawa Cultural Museum, for a unique insight on what makes this island kingdom so special.

DAY 3 Island Life

For a taste of traditional village life, we take the ferry to one of the outlying islands. Take life at a slower pace, discover some of the special fauna and flora, as well as a pork soba lunch at an authentic beach side restaurant. You might even be taken in as part of the family.

DAY 4 Hiji falls hike and longevity lunch

Venture to Hiji, home to the highest waterfalls in Okinawa. The one-and-a-half-kilometer trail to Hiji Falls can be hiked in about two hours round trip. Keep an eye for the native wildlife like the Ryukyu Robin and the Ryukyu Black-Breasted Leaf Turtle. It is then time to have lunch at a local restaurant and discover the secret behind why five times as many Okinawans live to be 100 as the rest of Japan. After lunch, we visit a local village and take a private yoga lesson with one of the island teachers before heading back to the hotel for a traditional Okinawan family meal for our farewell dinner.

DAY 5 Trip concludes

This 5-day adventure concludes today after breakfast. Questions or applications for this tour may be directed to the author of this article.

Bonson Lam

Bonson Lam @bonson.lam

I knew my future was destined to be with Japan the moment I flew from Sydney to experience the atmospheric laneways of Kyoto last century.  I am humbled to have met many distinguished people during this time, especially the national living treasures of Japan, such as the doll maker to the Imperia...