The Oki Islands is a sushi and sashimi afficionado's paradise. One of the best local restaurants to enjoy the freshest catch of the day is Ajinokura, a great name for a restaurant -- aji means flavor and kura refers to those traditional Japanese storehouses. The restaurant has a nostalgic feel to it. You will see an antique-looking payphone that actually works and vintage beer posters from a bygone era. The best seating in the house has to be in the tatami area with a view of the river and the boats. Across the river is the Oki Plaza Hotel, and Mioya Shrine. The menu varies throughout the year depending on what's seasonally available. If you arrive at Oki Islands via Saigo Port Terminal, make Ajinokura your first food stop and you will be rewarded with one of the best local dining experiences you will have on the islands.
From Saigo Port terminal, Ajinokura is a 3 minute walk away. The best way to get around the Oki Islands by taxi or by a rental car. Parking spaces are available.
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For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2015 Tokyo Marathon -- her first ever full marathon -- in 4 hours and 37 minutes. She was absolutely psyched when she got selected again to run the new Tokyo Marathon route in 2018. She hopes to complete other races in Japan.