First off, let me whine about the accommodation. I’ve stayed in many hostels; but this is, by far, the shabbiest. Torn wallpaper, freaky bathroom, creaky bed, snoring roommate. Small wonder it cost us 1000JPY (S$12.50) per night. The only consolation was the dog.
And maybe the free bike rental too. Which brings me to the next exciting part of Naha: cycling in the rain. We cycled up and down slopes, while the monorail passed overhead. We imagined that the other tourists that stared at us as they passed by would envy our experience and think how cool we were. And maybe we did look cool for a bit.
But mostly, we were wet. And often, plain dorky.
All this effort, just to see yet another castle – Shuri Castle. Can’t get enough of castles in Japan – cool dragon taps, ubiquitous chanting music, traditional gateways and stairways and all.