Eating for Longevity in Okinawa Naha, Okinawa
It's no surprise that Okinawa is one of the world's five “Blue Zones” of longevity meaning that thousands of centenarians live healthy, (currently more than 400) happy lives in the middle of peaceful and abundant nature consuming a healthy diet.
With very low rates of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, Okinawans incorporate three key elements that support their healthy diet: the approach to food, simple recipes and superfoods.
In Okinawa, a healthy diet is considered to have the same benefits of traditional medicine and a balanced diet leads to having a healthy body. The simple yet nutritious recipes provide Okinawans with a good nutritional balance. With Okinawa blessed by the sun and sea, there are many superfoods grown locally that are key to their diet, including shekwasa citrus fruits, umibudou seaweed, purple sweet potato, shima tofu, mozuku seaweed are key to this.
The famed farm-to-table restaurant Emi no Mise in the town of Ogimi specialises in the culture of Okinawan longevity cooking. A must try is the Choujuzen 'longevity food-lunch', which is nutritionally rich in superfoods such as mozuku, goya, shikuwasa and local fruits and vegetables. When you finish your meal, don't forget to say Kusunaibitan (that was good medicine)!
- Minimal crowds in the secluded and pristine scenery of the Yanbaru Mangrove Forests
- Sample the delicious Okinawan cuisine highlighting the world famous Okinawan longevity diet and way of life
- Unique centuries old Ryukyu culture and traditions
- Japan’s earliest cherry blossom bloom at the end of January
- There is limited public transport to get to some locations on the main island
- Sub-Tropical Seasonal Weather (Humidity and the wet season during the summer months) – March, April, May, October, November are ideal months to visit
Fly to Tokyo, Japan on JAL and ANA Airlines. Connect to Naha, Okinawa or Fly to Taipei on China Airlines Connect to Naha, Okinawa Renting a car and self driving is the recommended way to reach the many sights of the main island of Okinawa providing easy access.
Remote Location, Travelling Time, Self-Drive Itineraries, Physical Activities (Walking, Hiking and Kayaking).
Sub-Tropical Seasonal Weather (Humidity and the wet season during the summer months) – March, April, May, October, November are ideal months to visit.