Orion is Okinawa's iconic beer brand, one that is synonymous with a carefree sub-tropical lifestyle. It is a great way to introduce yourself to the flavors of this paradise, at least until you are ready to try Awamori, the local firewater made from fermented Thai Jasmine rice.
There is no better way to get acquainted with this beer of beers, than to join a guided brewery tour at their factory in Nago City, about an hour's drive north of Naha. It is best to come here on weekdays to see the factory at work, and for English tours you should book one month in advance. There are also basic English brochures which accompany the Japanese language tours, which can be booked online. There are also two free beers at the end for all visitors over the legal drinking age, and a restaurant and shop on site to remember your day here.
Take the expressway north to number 10 exit. Drive north on Route 58 for 10 minutes until you reach Orion Happy Park and Brewery
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Maki Paterson is in love with her home in Naha, Okinawa. The beautiful relaxed sub tropical lifestyle and the friendly people are like family to her. She has a background in international trade, and in her spare time she likes to kick up her heels with Samba dancing, having performed in Tokyo and Sydney. There is so much to see and do in Okinawa, from the Orion beer brewery to Shuri Castle and the Aquarium, so drop in to this blue water paradise and make new friends in the water sports playground of Japan.