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Technical Tour

Plan Ryukyu Mura, Okinawa Tracking and Communication Station,
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)
Date & Time 9 June (Thu) 13:00-18:30
Fee 1,000 Yen / Person
Maximum capacity 20 persons


13:00 Departure from Symposium Site
13:40 Visiting to Ryukyu Mura, Okinawa Tracking Communication
Station(OTCS), Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology(OIST)
18:30 Arrival at Symposium Site

Outline of Tour

On this tour Ryukyu Mura, OTCS, OIST are visited:

  1. Ryukyu Mura(Japanese Only)
    You can experience many parts of traditional life and Okinawan culture in the various sections of the village.
  2. Okinawa Tracking and Communication Station(OTCS)
    You can look around exhibitions of some explanatory models on the types and roles of satellites and launch vehicles, etc.
  3. Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)
    Introduction of OIST research and Tour of the Campus facilities

Overview of Ryukyu Mura

Ryukyu Mura is an authentic recreation of an ancient Okinawan village. Old Ryukyuan homes were brought from all over the islands, reassembled and preserved here in the village. The Indigo, Bingata and pottery workshops use traditional methods handed down from generation to generation. Music and dancing are also showcased throughout the day. The”Sugar-house,”still makes black sugar the old fashioned way with the help of a few powerful water buffalo. Enjoy and sample the rich heritage of the old Ryukyu.
Photo by: Ryukyu Mura

Overview of Okinawa Tracking and Communication Station (OTCS)

Photo by: JAXA
The Okinawa Tracking and Communication Station is equipped with a parabolic antenna measuring 30 meters in diameter for visitors to look at, the first exhibit hall, which explains the roles of satellites, the second exhibit hall with an engineering model of a broadcasting satellite (BS), the Space Information Room, where you can learn about space related issues, a Video Room and Environment Corner.

Overview of Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology – a graduate school based on the OIST School Corporation Act – will be established in November 2011, and preparations are well underway. OIST will start accepting students in September 2012.

Key Concept

  • Best in the world
  • International
  • Flexible
  • Global networking
  • Collaboration with industry
Photo by: OIST

Research and Educational Activities

The OIST graduate education and research program is cross-disciplinary and aims to be at the leading edge of research in science and technology, including the Life Sciences, the Physical Sciences, and Mathematics. To lay the foundation for the Graduate University, 27 Research Units have been launched so far, with research in four major areas: Neurosciences, Molecular Sciences, Mathematical and Computational Biology,and Environmental and Ecological Sciences. The Physical Sciences has been added as an additional area.

OIST has been hosting international workshops and courses in cooperation with research and academic institutions in Japan and overseas.


Full-day Excursion

Date & Time 7 June (Tue) 08:30-18:30
9 June(Thu) 08:30-18:30
Fee 7,000 Yen / Person (Lunch Included)
Maximum capacity 20 persons


08:30 Departure from Symposium Site
09:30 via Naha City, Visiting to Shurijyo Castle Park
13:00 Visiting to Churaumi Aquarium
16:00 Visiting to Nakijin Castle Remains
18:30 via Symposium Site, Arrival at Naha City

Half-day Excursion

Date & Time 8 June (Wed) 08:00-13:30
10 June(Fri) 08:00-13:30
Fee 3,000 Yen / Person
Maximum capacity 20 persons


08:30 Departure from Symposium Site
09:20 via Naha City, Visiting to Okinawa World and Shurijyo Castle Park
13:30 via Naha City, Arrival at Symposium Site

Shurijo Castle Park

Shurijo Castle is a symbol of the unique history and culture of Okinawa.
Shurijo Castle consists of two areas: the expanse within the walls and the space between the inner and outer walls.
The inner area was complete in the early 15th century and the outer area, in the mid-16th Century.
Shurijo Castle was both the royal residence for the king and his family and the administrative center of the Shurijo Royal Government.
In the spring of 1879, the king was exiled from Shurijo Castle, and Okinawa Prefecture was established.
Shurijo Castle then became the military headquarters of the Japanese troops and served as school buildings.
The castle was registered as a World Heritage Site in December 2000.

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is one of many popular attractions at Ocean Expo Park.
At the Aquarium, an intriguing world of marine life found in Okinawa is spread out before you.
A sea of coral dazzled with sunlight exhibits over 800 different coral colonies.
Here at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium we have taken up the challenge to be the first to unravel these mysteries.
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium was the first to succeed in keeping multiple individual of manta rays and increasing their numbers after the successful reproductions in the tank, and introduces an open system in which sea water that is scooped from the ocean enters the aquarium tanks and then is returned to the ocean once again.

Nakijin Castle Remains

Nakijin Castle, “called gusuku (Ryukyuan castle or fortress)” is currently in ruins. The fortress includes several sacred Utaki groves, reflecting the gusuku’s role as a center of religious activity.

Though there had been Lords of Nakijin prior to the creation of the Hokuzan kingdom, and thus some form of chiefly residence can be presumed to have been on or near the site before, it is believed that the gusuku form of Nakijin castle only emerged at the founding of the kingdom. It is located on the Motobu peninsula, on a rocky outcropping, facing out over the South China Sea.

As a tourist site, the ruins are particularly known for the beautiful view out over the South China Sea, for the impressive grandeur of the castle walls, and for the overall amount of space taken up by the castle grounds.

Okinawa World

In Okinawa World, there is one of large massive natural cave, kingdom/craft village and snake “called Habu” Park. Inside of the cave is well maintained and the walking paths are comfortable and well it. 850 meters of the cave are open to the public and feature spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. Please afford the time.

The Kingdom/Craft Village is a nice replica of a traditional Ryukyu village with workshops introducing the various traditional of Okinawan crafts, such as weaving, paper making, pottery, sugar cone processing etc. Hands-on experiences are offered at many of the workshops.

The Habu Park, named after the infamous, poisonous, local Habu snake, consists of a snake museum, a small, run down zoological garden with some snakes on display and snake show which is fighting Habu and Mongoose.

Cancellation Policy

Reservations cancelled will be subject to the following cancellation charge:

… by 4 days before the arrival day ….. No charge
… by the day before the arrival day ….. 20% of one night’s accommodations
… on the arrival day ….. 50% of one night’s accommodations
… No-show ….. 100% of all nights’ accommodations reserved

Excursions & Technical Tour
… by 12 days before the tour day ….. No charge
… by 9 days before the tour day ….. 20% of the tour fee
… by 3 days before the tour day ….. 30% of the tour fee
… the day before the tour day ….. 40% of the tour fee
… on the tour day ….. 50% of the tour fee
… No-show ….. 100% of the tour fee