【Okinawa Travel Info】Tourist information for Okinawa,Japan

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Okinawa's traffic

Taxi

Taxis are a convenient way to get from a place to another in Okinawa. Surprisingly, they can be an affordable option when you have a group of people moving around together. (Taxi fare starts at 550yen)

How to use a taxi

1. To hail

Hailing a taxi in Okinawa is as simple as stepping off the curb and just stick out your arm. You can also find a taxi stand around monorail stations and malls, or ask your hotel’s receptionist to call for one for you. During the night, when the sign on the roof of the taxi is lit, it is available. The back door on the left side will open and close authomatically so be carefull not to stand too close!

2. Boarding

Tell the driver your destination. If you do not speak Japanese or if your destination is not a well known place, it is recommended to point it out on a map. In case the driver doesn’t turn the meter on, taking a picture of the driver’s name on the left side in front of the seat may be wise as well.

3. Getting off

Pay only what’s on the meter. Some taxis accept credit cards and have a sticker showing this on the window. You can tell the driver for a receipt if you need one. (You are not supposed to give taxi drivers gratuity in Japan)

Fare quotation

From Naha airport

Kokusai dori street ¥980
Naha Shintoshin ¥1,400
Shurijo castle ¥1,700
Himeyuri monument ¥2,720
Peace Memorial Park ¥3,080
Mihama, Chatan-cho ¥3,500
within Nago city ¥12,800
Churaumi aquarium ¥14,780
Kouri-jima ¥16,160

From Naha bus terminal

Kokusai dori street ¥500
Naha Shintoshin ¥680
Shurijo castle ¥980
Himeyuri monument ¥2,780
Peace Memorial Park ¥3,140
Mihama, Chatan-cho ¥2,960
within Nago city ¥12,140
Churaumi aquarium ¥14,240
Kouri-jima ¥15,560

*Actual fare is subject to change due to the travel.

Notification

Number of passengers

General taxi cab can fit 4 people (except a Jumbo taxi), you can take another taxi for more passengers.

Late night additional fare

Rates are increased by 20 percent between 10pm and 5am.

Sightseeing taxis

These companies are recommended for your first visit to Okinawa by yourself or in a group. They provide excellent sightseeing services, can be reserved online and you can select one according to your needs.

Welfare taxis

There are some taxis available that can fit a wheelchair as well. (reservation required)

Getting on Okinawa expressway

When taking the expressway, additional fees will be applied to the fare. (some sightseeing taxis include tolls)

If you encounter a rude taxi driver

If your taxi driver is rude to you, get off as soon as possible. A new cab can easily be caught on any main road.