- HOSHINOYA Okinawa
Start of an all year experience at HOSHINOYA Okinawa - "Okinawa Blue Zone Stay"
- HOSHINOYA Okinawa
At HOSHINOYA Okinawa, the “Okinawa Blue Zone Stay” experience will be launched as a new, yearly experience starting from September 1, 2021. Okinawa is one of the five “Blue Zone*” areas, selected as a place where many people have a long and healthy life. This program aims to share the secrets behind longevity by incorporating habits practiced by those living a long life into the stay. Not only does this program include meals and exercises, which takes advantage of the environment within and near HOSHINOYA Okinawa, but guests can also participate in Ryukyuan pottery experience at “Yachimun no Sato” in Yomitan Village to be able to feel more connected with the friendly and welcoming locals of Okinawa.
＊Dan Buettner (2012). The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest
Blue Zone is a term that refers to a special area where many healthy and long-lived people live. Only five regions have been designated from around the world and Okinawa has been selected as one of them. The diets and habits of people living in the blue zone are attracting attention worldwide, for their secrets behind good health and longevity. With the hopes that the lives of people who are worried about their health and longevity can become healthy and prosperous, this program incorporated the characteristics of those living in Okinawa. We aim to tell the stories of good health and longevity through an enjoyable stay at HOSHINOYA Okinawa, built along the coastlines of a pristine ocean, and a pottery workshop experience at “Yachimun no Sato,” where local connections bloom as the friendly spirit of Okinawa welcomes guests.
Characteristics of “Okinawa Blue Zone Stay”
1)Loosen up to the sounds of Japanese guitar, Sanshin*, and relax with an evening cocktail at the beach
*Sanshin is a Japanese guitar, using only three strings, which is the literal translation of the word. It is said to be native to Okinawa and Amami Island and is the precursor of Shamisen.Moderate drinking leads to stress relief in the Blue Zone and it is one of the habits that is said to be good for the body. During this program, guests can enjoy cocktails in the evening whilst enjoying the view of a pristine beach. Chairs will be prepared on the beach, where cocktails using Awamori, rice alcohol native to Okinawa, and snacks. Guests can relax to the live performance of Sanshin and the sound of waves with a drink in one hand in order to let loose and indulge in the moment.
2)Savoring a special hot pot dinner with fresh vegetables
The diet of those in the Blue Zone is characterized by the use of plant-based foods and legumes. For dinner, a special hot pot using plenty of fresh vegetables that are familiar in Okinawa will be served in the guest room. The hot pot uses seafood broth, with vegetables and Yushi tofu, a soft type of tofu. The course also includes 4 side dishes using plant-based foods, and a dessert made with fruits and legumes. Dinner can be enjoyed at any hour, for the final touches of the cooking can be done at your pace. Cooking appliances are provided in the guest rooms so fresh meals can be savored in a private space at guests’ leisure.
3)Easing the body into the infinity pool
Healthy and long-lived people in the Blue Zone are all physically active. Moderate exercise is one of the essential habits for maintaining good health. During this program, guests will participate in aquatic exercises in the infinity pool, allowing the body to move with ease. After receiving a lecture from our staff at HOSHINOYA Okinawa, guests can come back to the infinity pool during their stay to practice their learnings. The pool is available 24 hours so guests can enjoy a relaxing moment surrounded by either the sunrise, sunset, or starry skies. The infinity pool is also a heated pool so guests can enjoy the pool even during seasons with cooler winds.
4)Hands-on experience of Yachimun, Ryukyuan pottery, experience, and a “Sanjicha” afternoon tea break
Passing down traditional culture, the spirit of helping each other, and having a purpose in life are all factors that are found in the Blue Zone, said to be a large contributor to good health and longevity. In order to deepen its understanding, guests will visit “Yachimun no Sato,” a Ryukyuan pottery shop, in Yomitan Village to help potters with their work. The work required varies depending on the time of year, where guests can experience either burning, earth removal, embossing, etc. After work, guests can participate in an afternoon tea session called “Sanjicha,” one of the popular customs in Okinawa, where conversations are enjoyed with cups of tea and sweets. The Okinawan lifestyle that values connections with people can be experienced by being a part of creating Ryukyuan pottery as a member of the team and enjoying conversations.
We believe that by learning about the Blue Zone, guests will not only aim for longevity but will also get hints for a better way of life. In a time where 100 years of life is the standard, improving quality of life is an important theme in today’s world. With the hopes to create opportunities for self-discovery for a happy life, HOSHINOYA Okinawa will continue to provide experiences that are extraordinary as well as creating and keeping connections between people, communities, and nature.
Program Supervisor: Masashi Arakawa, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean for Center for Health and Wellness Tourism Research, Graduate School of Tourism Sciences at the University of Ryukyus
A leading expert in wellness tourism, who pursues a wide range of research including research on lifestyles and foods for good health and longevity, thalassotherapy and the development of a wellness tourism model that utilizes local resources.
“Okinawa Blue Zone Stay” at a glance
Time Period: All year, starting from September 1, 2021
Length of Stay: 2 nights and 3 days
Price: 65,000 JPY per person (includes tax and service charge) *excludes accommodation fee
Program Includes: live performance of Sanshin and cocktails at the beach, dinner for 1 night (special hot pot with fresh vegetables), aquatic exercise, Ryukyuan pottery experience, “Sanjicha” afternoon tea
Number of persons: 1 group of a maximum of 4 people per day
Reservation: Required at least 2 weeks in advance
・Contents of the program may be subject to change depending on the weather.
・Ingredients and menu of meals may be subject to change depending on season and availability.
Address: 474 Gima, Yomitan, Nakagami District, Okinawa, 904-0327
Number of Rooms: 100
Check-in: 3:00 pm/Check-out: 12:00 pm
Price: 132,000 JPY per night per room (includes tax and service charge, excludes meals)
Directions: Approximately 1 hour by car from Naha Airport
About HOSHINOYA brand
Luxury hotel embodying the true characteristics of land, history, and culture
HOSHINOYA is an accommodation with distinct themes, conceptualized from each location’s land, history, and culture. Woven into these distinct themes is our attention to detail in every aspect from the design to hospitality; contributing to the creation of a one-of-a-kind world of HOSHINOYA. Enrich the heart with the epiphanies of travel through a unique stay experience.
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