We went to Miyakojima as part of our honeymoon in Japan. We were stopping over at Miyako for 1 night between Ishigaki and Tokyo and even though I can't read the Japanese reviews, the high rating made me choose YP for our 1 night stay. Now we really wished we had stayed longer! Yona Pahale was certainly one of the main highlights of our 2 week honeymoon in Japan!
I guess the reason there are no English reviews previously is because the owners Mr and Mrs Deguchi cannot speak English, however do not let this put you off, as their attentiveness, generousity and a very good use of Google Translate meant we had an absolutely amazing stay despite the language barrier.
I will break down my review in categories:
Location: Excellent, it is 5 mins walk past some lovely sugar cane fields to one of the most beautiful beaches in Japan, Maehama Beach. It was so close and convenient and Mrs Deguchi gave us a clear and informative local map.
House: Our room was cosy, clean, functional and very very relaxing. For the price and location you really couldn't have asked for anything more. The shower and wash rooms were impecctable, even the shampoo and conditioner were excellent.
Food & Service: The house is so elegantly and cosily decorated. The sitting room has many books and photos and is relaxing with soft traditional Japanese background music.
The dinner served by Mrs Deguchi was absolutely outstanding, she is an amazing cook, we had been having 3 star Michelin kaiseki meals around Japan and her cooking was one of the best we have had in Japan. Many courses of fresh, local and tasty food were served, it was truly outstanding home cooking at it's best. The breakfast was also equally amazing.
Even though Mrs Deguchi couldn't speak English, she was one of the best hosts we have had in our travels, she gave away her towels for us after check out so we can use them if we went to the beach, she drew maps and did english translate on everything including our dinner, she dropped us off to the airport and also to bus terminals and came in with us to make sure we were ok and not lost. She was a kind, helpful and attententive host without being over bearing or intrusive.
If you are going to Miyakojima, I really recommend this place. It was a real gem and we will be returning the next time we are in Okinawa.
Thank you so much Yona Pahale!
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