The Japan Urban Design Institute recognized the Village Road Route 1 footlights of Tonaki Island with the Block Division Prize of the 1st Public Design Award.
According to an article in Okinawa Times, the village first started to set footlights from 2000 to 2005. The 152 lights along the 765 meter long road create a magical atmosphere, illuminating the coral stone walls and Okianwan red-tiled roofs under the starry sky. Tourists who stay in the traditional houses can enjoy the nature safely at night, thanks to the hearty footlights.
Tonaki Island is only a ferry ride away on the Kume line from Tomari Port (link to Japanese website). The price and time table below:
|Price||Adults||Children (elementary school students or below)|
|One way||2,380 yen||1,190 yen|
|Round trip||4,520 yen||2,380 yen|
|Days||Leaving Naha||Arriving in Tonaki|
|Everyday||8:30 AM||10:45 AM|
|Days||Leaving Tonaki||Arriving in Naha|
|April ~ October, Only on Fridays||15:45PM||18:00PM|