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Umi no hurusato park
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At the Umi no hurusato park, you can experience the life of a fisherman. The place is easy to access from Naha-airport. Free parking lots for buses and cars are available.

The Umi no Hurusato park is located 15 minutes from the Naha expressway Tomishiro/Hamachi IC.
The park has buildings that are replicas of traditional Okinawan fisherman's cottages built during 1912-1926.
At the park, there is a boat called SABANI (plank-built fishing boat), museum exhibits diving tools, you can observe them for free. Moreover, you can experience making Sabani paddles and ride on a Sabani. A reservation is needed in advance.
The observation platform at the park where you can overlook Itoman port is highly recommended to visit!

Must-see sights

  • Red tile roof house

    Replicating the life of fisherman

    At the park, you can see the monument of replicas of traditional Okinawan fisherman’s cottages. You can not enter the cottage, but Sometimes the door is opened to let fresh air inside, so you can see the inside the house if you are lucky.
    The shisa, red roof tile house, an old well, and "Wa-hu-ru"(a toilet for pigs) are replicas. In Okinawan dialect, "Wa" means pig, and "hu-ru" means toilet. Having pigs was important in a fisherman's village. In Itoman, a fisherman would put pig's blood on the fishing net to make the net hard. So pigs were very important in their lives.

  • a sign board of Itoman Fisherman workshop/Museum

    Itoman Fisherman workshop/Museum

    The museum next to the park is bulives that the next generation will continue tradtions and culture. The SABANI(fisherman's boat) and Yutui(a tool to scoop out the pooled water) are displayed.
    The tools are now very rare but helped fishermen well before the war. You can get Mikagan at the souvenir shop. They were made by the only Mikagan craftsman in Okinawa Uehara Ken who is also a curator of the exhibition hall.
    The craftsmen's workplace is near the museum to observe. You can see the process of repairing SABANI up close and personal.
    The admission fees are: 300 yen for Adult, 100 yen for Elementry/Junior/High school students. For group visitors (more than 20 people)it is 200 yen.

  • conch

    A various menu of Experience

    You'll need a reservation in advance, but if you have a chance, try the Sabani paddle making. Bindama making(a glasswork) and Making boxes with cute shells. For a riding experience you need to have more than 4 people in your group. You can make reservations through the NPO oarganization "Hama su-ki".

Little tidbits of Uminohurusato Park

A stone monument of Shirohama song written

Umino hurusato park is locate 30 minutes from Naha airport by car to Itoman-city. It is about 15 minutes by car from Expressway Tomishiro/Nakachi IC. There are beaches, a market, and an Outlet mall Ahibina that’s close to the park.
The park has a monument replica of the cottage of a boss who was in charge of boats and equipment. You can enjoy the atmosphere of the fisherman's town. Moreover, The traditional okinawan houses and red roof tiles are also recommended to see. Saltwater pondand more interesting facilities are available at the park. There are 2 boats exhibited at the park, one of them traveled from Miyagi prefecture mainland Japan. It was washed ashore during the 2014 Tsunami.
On the stone monument, the song "Shirahamabushi" is written in Itoman dialect. The song is about a fisherman who raised an orphan baby girl, but his son fell in love with her.

The museum located next to the park, is where you can see the fisherman's boat SABANI, and the goggle MIKAGAN. The exhibition hands down the culture and traditions to new generations. You can touch the SABANI boat which was used for fishing. SABANI is originally made for hunting sharks. In Itoman language, they called the shark "SABA". Still today, SABANI is used for a traditional boat racing competition in Itoman held every year attracting many people.
At the museum, you can experience making the paddle of SABANI. The reservation is needed in advance. The friendly staff will teach you.

There is also a playground for children at the park. There are slides, roller slides, Tarzan ropes, a net jungle etc. There is a Fish center and Umanchu market near the park where you can shop for fresh fish and vegetables. It's recommended to visit after you've enjoyed the park!

Pictures

  • Umi no hurusato park
  • A view from an observation platform
  • A residence monument of a boss who lends boats and equipment to fisherman
  • Guardian God Shisa
  • Saltwater pond
  • A sign board of Fisherman workshop/Museum
  • Museum inside
  • Workshop inside
  • Sabani(plank-built fishing boat)
  • Mikagan(goggles from 19th centuries)
  • Red tile roof house
  • A sign board of Itoman Fisherman workshop/Museum
  • blowing a conch
  • A stone monument of Shirahamabushi song
  • A park guide map
  • Wa-hu-ru (toilet for pigs)
  • Red tile roof rest area
  • Sea gull roof
  • Shisa shaped tap-water
  • Sun drying the net
  • A fishing boat from Ishimaki was washed up on the shore
  • Float ball Jack-o-lantern
  • A guide map of Itoman Fisherman workshop/Museum
  • Museum opening hours
  • Exhibition room
  • Mikagan (goggles) exhibition
  • French free diver Jacques Mayol used Mikagan
  • Anbushi net used for fishing
  • A steamer for dyeing net with pig's blood
  • Paddles
  • Bottom of the boat which was made with one wood
  • Making process of Mikagan
  • Tools to make Mikagan
  • Monument of Shark and Tuna

Umino hurusato park Information

Name Umino hurusato park
Tel/Fax:

Itoman Fisherman workshop/Museum

TEL:0989-87-1550

FAX:0989-87-1551

Adrress

Postcode:901-0305 1-4-11 Nishizaki town Itoman-city Okinawa

Access

It takes about 30 minutes from Naha-airport
It takes about 15 minutes from Expressway Tomishiro/Nakachi IC

Bus: (Itoman 89line) It takes about 5 minutes walking from "the entrance of Industrial park" bus stop

Hours

【Park Area】
open year around


【Itoman Fisherman workshop/Museum 】
9:00-12:00, 14:00-17:00

Closed

【Itoman Fisherman workshop/Museum 】
  Monday (the museum will be open on holidays), Lunar New Year,Lunar Bon festical, Itoman Harley

Fees

Fees

【Itoman Fisherman workshop/Museum】
Adults : 300yen
Elementry/Junior/High school student : 100yen
Group (more than 20 people) : 200yen

How to pay

Budget

0-300 yen

Optional fee

SABANI experience : 3000yen (2hrs)

Bindama net making :2000yen (2hrs)

Making paddles : 8000yen (2days) ※includes the materials

Making paddles muddler:1000yen(1hour and 30 minutes)※includes the materials

Painting :1000yen(1hour and 30 minutes)※includes the materials

Credit card

Not Available

Currency

JPY

Reservation

For making experience must need reservation

Facilities

Parking

Free parking spaces for 100 cars available

Information

Time

60-120 minutes

Smorking

You are not allowed to smoke at the Itoman Fisherman workshop/Museum

e.t.c

Taking pictures is available. There is a Vending machine

A little advise from Churashima travel

A brief comment

You can experience riding the traditional Sabani boat and making paddles! It will be an awesome souvenir!

Important notice

Reservation is needed to ride the traditional Sabani boat and paddle making in advance.

What to bring


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