Introduction to Types of Fishing in Okinawa

This post is a part of the Okinawa Saltwater Fishing Introduction series. Please, enjoy.

There is a vast amount of fish in the crystal clear waters of Okinawa and you have a wide range of options for enjoying your favorite pastime. Okinawa offers many fishing options, for anyone from the novice to the experienced fisherman. You can try them all for the maximum fishing experience. Spearfishing is a popular, delightfully primitive way to catch your fish. Whether you use a spear gun or a pole spear, you wouldn’t need to go far to indulge your fishing fantasies as spear fishing can be done close to the shore.

Deep sea fishing allows you to fish in a group under the watchful eyes of a captain and guides. This type of fishing can produce a large number of fish in a short time. Here you are going after the big fish and everyone one is guaranteed a good catch. Perhaps the most popular way to fish in Okinawa is line fishing. The best line fishing is done during high tides when the fish come closer to shore to feed and there is less chance that you will snag your line.

If you love fishing, Okinawa is a great place to fish. The warm, blue and enticing water is every fish enthusiast’s dream. There is a bounty of fish waiting to be caught and enjoyed. Be sure you know what you can and cannot do when fishing. Observing the rules protects Okinawa’s marine ecosystem and ensures its enjoyment for many years to come.

Daiki Mori
Okinawa Travel

Introduction to Deep Sea Fishing in Okinawa

This article is a part of the Okinawa Saltwater Fishing Introduction series. Hope you like it.

For the fishing enthusiast Okinawa is the place to be. Okinawa is famous for the endless clear blue ocean that surrounds it, teaming with an abundance of marine life. There are certified captains eager to take you out on your excellent fishing adventure. Fishing charters are readily available in Okinawa for a full or half day and expert guides are eager to help you land the fish of your dreams. A charter would generally carry eight to twelve people at an approximate cost of $100 each including bait and tackle.

Deep sea fishing in Okinawa is a fun filled experience and if you have little or no experience there is no need to worry. The expert guides know just where the best fishing spots are and all the tips and tricks for landing the fish of your choice whether you are trolling, drift fishing or deep sea jigging. If you choose a full service charter, the guides will not only assist you in landing your prized fish, they will also help you with bleeding and icing, cleaning your catch, fish prints, taxidermy, shipping and transportation.

The oceans of Okinawa are home to a diverse collection of fish to satisfy the desires of everyone. Some of the popular fish you can catch include Tuna, Wahoo, Marlin, Mahi Mahi and Skipjack. When drifting you can catch grouper and snapper using bait and lure tackles. Deep sea light game trolling could net you small sized tuna, Mahi-mahi, Wahoo and Bonito. Deep sea fishing in Okinawa is a gratifying experience and your only problem is what to do with all the fish you caught.

Daiki Mori
Okinawa Travel

How to Buy Fishing Gear from

Many of you have asked, and even a bigger number has been looking at the impressive stock of fishing goods that are being sold on the very popular store. This is the Japanese version of the English language Amazon in the United State, United Kingdom and now I believe in many more countries as well. While the store concept is nothing new to many of you, the Japanese language often enough is. Of course it is no surprise either that they have such an impressive stock, because they are famous for selling pretty much anything they can get their hands on. And some of the very precious fishing equipment and fishing lures are not to be found anywhere else. Unless you come to Japan by yourself of course.

Yamashita Lures at Amazon Japan

That’s why Amazon is a life saver for those who cannot afford to come by themselves. I have to include, that international shipping has become incredibly affordable why these things travel very efficiently across the globe. Surprisingly enough, they get a lot of customers from China nowadays because the trust for Japanese products is much higher. However, the increasing trend is mostly within the USA where Japanese fishing gear is still relatively hard to get. At least if you compare to the abundance that is available in our own country. And as a side tip if you ever want to see one of the most impressive fishing stores in the whole of human kind, we suggest you come and have a look at some examples here at the beautiful Okinawa islands.

So first things first, and that is to get over the language issue. Previously, they had more support for English language but looks like they have reduced it to a bare minimum. But there is nothing to worry about, because you can browse the whole website.. yes the whole website! Almost entirely in English thanks to modern software technology of course. Just see this simple, but great guide to in English that I have recently found. It will explain each process in detail. It’s good to note, that anyone can register to the website with an international address. The only problem is the language and some smaller sellers that don’t shop internationally. But if it’s sold by Amazon, they can deliver to any part of the world in a breeze with different delivery options available.

Here are some fantastic examples of products available on Amazon.

Daiko Fishing Rods

One of the classics in Japanese Domestic Market rods, these will not dissapoint and can withstand the train of even the biggest fishes. Made for those who like to fish in any kinds of conditions, including the extreme. You can really trust on the quality of Daiko. Our favorite feature are the ‘Fuji Titanium Framed SiC guides”. You will need some deep mathematics do understand the genius behind the work here.

Yamashita Lures

The products from Yamashita are top of the line with some of the most advanced high technology being utilized here. Although it’s a very classic company, and they have been making one of their most hit products, the ‘squid jiggs’ since 1965. These guys are specialized in salt water lures, which is why it’s one of our very favorites here at the Okinawa islands.

Hope you enjoyed the small introduction of Japanese fishing brands. Now that you know how to do you shopping at, I am confident that a whole world of exciting and new products is waiting for you. Just hold on to that wallet and make choices carefully of stuff that you really need. This is the Japanese spirit or mentality, to purchase one product that is extremely good and expensive is cheaper than buying many of worse quality. So keep that in my mind please and enjoy your Japanese fishing store experience in English of course! =)

Best regards,

Daiki Mori

iTunes Fishing Apps in Japan

Did you know that there are plenty of apps that are related to Fishing in Japan as well as Okinawa. It’s a world that we opened out eyes to on our last trip to China in fact. There it seems that everyone has their smart phones ready when going out to fishing.. so we decided to have a go at it too and explore some interesting technological possibilities. Much of it was just plain fun, but some can be extremely useful as well. Luckily these apps don’t really cost much, or many of them can even be free why trying them out is not something that you can loose at.

Fish iTunes App

As a side note, I wanted to share this extremely useful tip on buying a Japanese iTunes gift card abroad that really saved our trip. Because you need to charge credit to iTunes for making purchases. Being outside of Japan, we needed a way to purchases a gift card that specifically works for our Japanese iTunes account. Luckily we were because there are not many such good guides around. So check it out if you want to find the best way to do it.

Alright, so here are some of the fun apps we found!

Fish Kanji Dictionary

This is really useful. Also for Chinese and Japanese that share a lot of common names of fish. How many times were we in a situation that we are abroad and want to explain the name of the fish in English. This app has an impressive collection so you can talk fish with foreigners. Costs only a dollar.

Best Fisherman for Japan

This fun game let’s you relax when you are away from your real hobby. Made by ‘Glamor Phoenix Entertainment’, this contains all popular Japanese fish breeds. Also you have a store, where with collected credit you can buy different kinds of gear. Making it a very addictive game indeed!

Japanese Goldfish

This interesting app is all dedicated towards goldfish and their interesting life. Find out about the tens of different varieties, their names and other information. Along with beautiful pictures of course. As it is free, this is just free education when bored or going to work on the train. This app is suprisingly interesting.

There you go, an introduction of Japanese fish apps on the iTunes store. Grab a gift card and start downloading to make your day worthwile. Hope you like it.

Okinawa Travel Manager,
Daiki Mori

Chinese Style Travel: Chaoyang Theater Acrobatics!

We have covered a lot of Okinawa Travel related insight throughout the island. But it’s time to reveal our latest and greatest of traveling beyond our precious island. Before, we have announced our great plans to visit the great Republic of China!

To our surprise, it became true sooner than we could have even anticipated. One could say, that travel is in the essence of embracing the unexpected. Exactly as is the behavior of the sea side in Okinawa and other islands around Japan. But no longer were we at an island, but at the fantastic capital city of Beijing. I would like to say that we never visit the small night fishing bars or such, even though some of were tempted to. Our mission is to bring dignity to the way of a honorable fishing lifestyle. That means we don’t support places where fish are not being treated with the right respect in our humble opinion. Instead of just fishing stuff, and shops we wanted to experience a local way of life. And what really got our attention was the Chaoyang Theater that hosted one of the most brilliant and stunning acrobatics shows we have seen in our lives. Being Japanese, you get to see some great performances from time to time.. but nothing could prepare us for the deep taste of the Chinese performing art scene. The one that we got to witness right in front of our noses thanks to the brave attempt and nightlife spectacle put up by the Beijing Acrobatic Troupe.

Acrobatic Feats

While acrobatics is often categorized as circus, I think the Chinese see more pride in their variety of acts than that. More than just breath taking feats, tricks and stunts that were many. Beyond that, there was a perfectly orchestrated choreography of artistic performers. The whole show was filled with dance, music and beautiful decorations as well as costumes that made a whole that did something deep and profound to your being. If anyone ever visits Beijing, we as Japanese can highly recommend that best ever Chinese show held at the Chaoyang Theater. I believe that the name is something like “The Flying Acrobatics Show”. You may also search for keywords like “Peking Acrobats”, or “Beijing Acrobatic Show” for more information.

Being an entity that brings forth not just travel, but especially culture related information about the island of Okinawa.. we felt that it was hour duty to research on the subject of Chinese culture as well. Interestingly enough, the acrobatics performance that caught our eye was just the right motivation to start doing our research. While Shanghai was a whole another game, that we loved too. In this post I’ll just concentrate on our findings out Beijing!

The word acrobats is infact Greek and it means “to walk on tiptoe”. While we can say that different cultures have had their different kinds of origins to a variety of acrobatic performances, China has been on the fore front. They have been held at all kinds of village festivals and of course to please the emperor! Now the whole art has taken a new modern form, with respect to it’s ancestral roots. That which can be seen in many theaters all over the country. Don’t miss on it if you are looking for a culture treat like no other.

Venue: Chaoyang Theater, “Flying Acrobatic Show”.
In Chinese: 朝阳剧场, “杂技飞翔”
Address: 36 North East Third Ring Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
In Chinese: 朝阳区东三环北路36号
Show Time: 14:30, 15:50, 17:30 & 19:15

Until next time!
Okinawa Travel | China Edition
Daiki Mori.

Fun Things to do at Okinawa Island!

As the largest island in Japan, Okinawa has become the central transportation hub of the Okinawa Prefecture as well as an excellent place to experience rich culture, friendly locals and beautiful sights of nature. From stunning architecture, museums and an excellent aquarium to some of the healthiest and most delicious food throughout the region how can you go wrong in a visit to Okinawa Island?

Whether you visit for a day trip or spend an entire week on the island, here are some ideas on what you can do to fill your days…

Visit Shuri Castle

Shuri Castle

Located in the capital, Naha this magnificent castle previously served as the administrative center as well as the residence of the Ryukyu kings for many centuries. It is now named an UNESCO World Heritage site and welcomes visitors to enjoy it in all its splendor. Take a walk around the outside of the castle where you can gaze at the amazing architecture and snap some incredible photos. Then explore the interior where you will find historical artifacts, read about the history and even see a replica of the king’s throne and crown.

See Japan’s Best Aquarium

Churaumi Aquarium

The Churaumi Aquarium on the island has widely been considered the best aquarium throughout all of Japan. It is home to one of the world’s largest tanks, the Kuroshio Tank where they hold a variety of marine life including whale sharks and giant manta rays. With three floors filled with the world’s first large scale exhibit of living coral, daily feeding shows, a high definition movie theater and so much more this will surely be a visit to remember.

Experience Hiji Waterfall

Hiji Waterfall

Head toward the northern region of Yambaru and you will find yourself surrounded mostly by lush, green forests ready to welcome you in and explore some amazing sights of nature. The Hiji Waterfall contains a trailhead about two kilometers inland from the main road and does include an entrance fee (500 yen). The waterfall itself is 26 meters tall and is surrounded by a peaceful atmosphere that will allow you to take in all that nature has to offer.

Walk Around Ocean Expo Park

Ocean Expo Park

If you are looking for a day to simply relax and stroll around in a nice and peaceful park then head to Ocean Expo Park. Located very near the aquarium and includes three kilometers of walk paths and routes to different attractions right along the coastline.

Hope you enjoyed this article on fun things to do at the Okinawa Island. Besides saltwater fishing that is! =) See you next time, Daiki Mori.

Saltwater Fishing Goes to China

Fishing in China

For long, we have been planning a trip outside of Okinawa. And finally our dreams are coming true, in a big way that is! Plus thanks to our wonderful new blog, we are able to tell you all about it as well. It’s not going to be just fishing and other fun stuff. Instead, we are planning a huge trip to the great Chinese mainland. It’s about time that we get to know these neighboring brothers, their lifestyles and methods for fishing too of course. We are well ahead of our planning schedule and expect to take off anytime soon. For the first leg of our trip, we have hooked up with a great team of dedicated Shanghai goers, known as the Show Shanghai. Which are the true experts of Nightlife in Shanghai!

Salt water fishing is not exactly ideal in Chinese waters and we are quite concerned about the state of the Sea itself. Especially around Shanghai, it seems that to the locals it doesn’t even feel like living next to the coast. But instead, it’s more of an experience of city style. But that doesn’t matter, we will see what kind of fishy stuff we can find from there, and the one thing we will find for sure is delicious fish to eat. Our third favorite hobby after fishing, and traveling!

For the fishy portion of the trip, we are thinking about visiting some beautiful lakes that are still in good condition and begging to be experienced with the help of a rod. We’ve heard of so many places, thanks to the useful guidance from Show Shanghai. Some that are in our target include, Wild Duck Lake which is close to Beijing.. as well as Qiandao Lake, Mulan Lake and Xiali Lake to name a few excellent ones. Our time will be plentiful and we will enjoy the Chinese land day by day in harmony with the Yin & Yang. Much like the way we do it back home in the Okinawa Islands!

In Shanghai and elsewhere in China, we expect to get a good grasp on the world famous nightlife. From acrobatics, to martial arts and opera.. we expect to experience it all as we are very exited about the show life in the red people’s country.

Daiki Mori

Travel Guide: Camping in Okinawa Islands

Camping Okinawa

Okinawa offers a unique camping experience. The climate is subtropical/tropical – which means that it has hot and humid summers, and mild to cool winters. The temperatures never go below 13 degrees Celsius, or 55 degrees Fahrenheit, though the wind chill factor may say otherwise. Sleeping bags should have synthetic insulation (for the humidity) and be rated for 40-60 degrees. Tents should include a rain fly, and be strong enough to withstand strong winds, especially if you are camping right on the open beach.

Cape Hedo, on the northernmost shores of Okinawa, Japan, is a hidden gem for campers and anglers who prefer to get away from all the conveniences and amenities of civilization. Okinawa has many campgrounds that are managed and accommodated, with restrooms, showers, and places to rent equipment and buy supplies. For the purist, however, all that’s needed is a patch of ground (or sand) to pitch their tent on.

It is quite likely that it will rain, but days of constant downpour shouldn’t be a worry. Bring rain gear, and have it on hand at all times. Okinawa gets about 200 – 250 inches of rain during the summer months. The rainy season is May – June. Typhoon season is June – November, but most typhoons occur through September. In the summer, make sure to have plenty of water and sunscreen.

The best times to visit are in spring (late March – April) and fall (October – November). If you go in the spring, be aware of Golden Week (several national holidays). Golden Week can be a busy time, unless you opt for camping on one of the small islands.

Anglers will find a delightful variety of fishing opportunities. Okinawa has some of the best offshore fishing in the world. Many fishing charters offer the chance to catch some tuna, mahi mahi, marlin, and many others. There is also great fishing from the shore, with either flies or lures. When shore fishing, a heavier weight and stronger rod are needed than you would think, for the fish you are going for. Fish commonly found along the shores include a variety of snappers, and even eels.

A few things to watch out for are the giant killer wasps called Suzumebachi, Mukade, a giant centipede, and Habu snakes. These critters can ruin a trip, so stay away from them if you find them, and have a plan for emergency medical attention. Apart from those three, ants and mosquitoes can make camping miserable, much like other parts of the world. The problem with warmer weather all year long is they are always present. Okinawa also has several dangerous species of jellyfish. If you plan on getting wet, heed the warnings. Having alerted you to the dangers, know that the greatest risk to human health is sunburn.

There are many tourist attractions, but it is hard to beat the crystal clear surfs and close islands teeming with tropical foliage. Be prepared, obey the signs, and enjoy an amazing outdoor experience.

The People & Mentality of Okinawa

People of Okinawa

Personally, it’s really a proud thing that I can live in Okinawa. One thing is the beauty of the island, the other is the wonderful people that live here. For that reason, I can well understand why many of the inhabitants just never leave the island. I too have the strangest feeling when leaving the island with a boat, like I want to go back and never stay away from some kind of a higher calling. Not that I am religious, but at times it feels so mystical which is hard to explain. Dispite this longing to belong to Okinawa, I do set out to travel beyond the borders too. It’s often a long trip but worth it of course. Having been out for a while, is very refreshing and returning is such a joy always.

But the fact is, that Okinawa is very much dependent on tourism. That’s why we need people like myself and my good friends, who go out to make connections. So that we can promote tourism, fishing and the island itself to the outside world. While the official tourism board has done much to make the living conditions better, there is still a lot to be done.

Wherever one goes, you need good connections. And our aspiration is to be exactly that for the island. That’s why we always say, that don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need a contact here. Likewise, we always keep in touch with our friends abroad too for mutual beneift. I guess you could call that island mentality.

This kind of connectivity is the core for survival on our island. With at times harsh conditions it’s a question of safety. Or just a good way to find the best fishing spots! Anyway you really have to come here to our island to really understand the mentality here. Overall something very positive we hope that everyone would have an opportunity to experience (plus a lot of fishing of course!!), in their lives. Likewise, I hope that more people from here would explore foreign countries so that we could build more knowledge, trust and peace between nations. And I am not pointing any fingers here, except the one that is focus towards my self. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you want to know more about the people here.

Thank you!

Daiki Mori

Okinawa Heaven Beyond Fishing

Okinawa Heaven Beyond Fishing

A lot of people come here for vacations and out of those people about 99% enjoy fresh sea food provided by the nearby oceans. But Okinawa is a heaven for not just those who love fish. It is also a favorite for those who enjoy a comfortable, relaxed environment with abundant beauty throughout the island. For us it’s obvious that one of the best activities at the island is fishing but it’s not actually what it is most famous for. In fact, we’ve had lots of visitors who come surprised to see so many fishing opportunities.. some of whom have fallen in love with the sport for the first time in their lives. It’s a great feeling when you know that you can give people the gift of a new hobby!

What Okinawa is famous for, is the food in general, sea sports and traditional Japanese customs. For us, it’s all about dancing and enjoying good music that we love the most. Most of the activities of which happen at one of the hundreds of beaches available. Of course there is a city with all the modern accommodates available. But to truly enjoy this beautiful island, one needs to get in touch with the friendly people that inhabit the island. There are plenty of inhabitants on the island and we don’t want visitors to feel like strangers. That’s why we often like to meet up in local bars and other musical events so that we can learn culture and having fun from each other.

Over the long history of the island, there have been a lot of foreigners visiting there of which mainly most are Americans. That’s why we are in the fortunate situation that people can speak more English, compared to the main island of Japa. In fact, the atmosphere is very different and certainly something that needs to be experienced to be understood.

Of course, some tasty sea food always helps a long way! Hope to see you in Okinawa one day, thanks for reading folks.

Sea breeze greetings,
Daiki Mori

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