We were only able to stay at Yu-naya because another couple cancelled. Unlucky for them! We were delighted to find this treasure of a kominka (traditional folk house) on a slightly unprepossessing street in Kabira, walking distance from the eyewateringly beautiful bay. Although only thirty years old, much of the guesthouse is built from hardwoods from older buildings which gives the whole building an antique feel. A friendly welcome in the downstairs bar from owners, their friends, families and assorted guests starts with a single drink and can last until the wee hours. Our advice is to soak up the booze with their excellent food.
We managed to communicate just fine with the charming owner Onaga-san even though he speaks little English - the 'liquid Berlitz' helps. He can point you towards a 'secret' local beach which is ten minutes' stroll. On the way you'll pass the local bakery which is veggie-friendly and has the best bread in Okinawa.
If possible, try to get one... More