By Bonson Lam
If you're a budget-conscious traveller still intent on exploring the best that Okinawa has to offer, consider the Kitchen Hostel Aoi in Naha city. Its convenient location and comfortable low-cost rooms will allow you to stay in comfort and enjoy the region's sand and beaches.
A spacious lounge beside the front counter welcomes all tourists as a great place to relax, allowing you to make new friends from all over the world and with read their handy guide books and magazines for traveling around and using rental cars.
The bedroom area is separated into capsule-like single size beds with their own secured password auto-lock security systems. All dormitories are separated into male and female rooms. Each bedroom has an outlet, charging USB port, and light. Shower rooms and washrooms are shared. A one night stay starts at 2,999 yen (you can also include breakfast plan for an additional 500 yen). Also, both women and men get a basic pack of amenities for no charge. The hostel also has a restaurant bar which serves food from pizzas to seafood to salads.
The clean, well-organized, and brightly decorated environment is very welcoming after a long flight or sightseeing after a tiring day. It creates a nice space for all tourists traveling alone to feel comfortable and safe. Kalakaua Inn also makes sure to create a great environment for women who are traveling alone.
From Naha Airport, it only takes 20 minutes by car or taxi, which costs 1,200–1,500 yen. If you take the Yui Rail train, it takes around 23 minutes total (260 yen) – 15 minutes by train to Kencho-mae Station followed by an 8 minute walk. Taking the bus also takes 23 minutes in total – Naha Airport to the Naha bus terminal takes 18 minutes (230 yen) then a short 5 minute walk to the hostel.
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