Have fun in the birthplace of "Hari,"
Okinawan dragon boats!
Have fun in the birthplace of "Hari,"
Okinawan dragon boats!
A half-day activity where you can experience riding a hari boat for the first time with the blue ocean right in front of you, make an original certificate of participation using the unique Uji Dyeing process, and a BBQ after-party on the beach, an Okinawa staple.
Okinawa residents, domestic and overseas tourists, adults, and children alike can enjoy this interactive tour!
What is "Hari"?
Hari is one of Okinawa's representative annual events, dragon boat rowing races and related festivities held at fishing ports and other locations throughout the prefecture. Hari races are held to pray for a safe voyage at sea and a good catch fishing.
We invite you to experience an official dragon boat equipped with a dragon's head and tail in Tomigusuku City, the birthplace of Hari.
The birthplace of "Hari,"About 600 years ago, Wan Ooso, the lord of Tomigusuku, was studying in China and was impressed by the dragon boat races that were conducted as a rainmaking ritual. After returning to the Ryukyu Kingdom, he made a boat imitating the Chinese dragon boats, and floated it on Lake Man in Tomigusuku City, which is said to be where "Hari" originated.
The appeal of Tomigusuku's
- You can experience a 600 year-old traditional dragon boat race in Okinawa!
- Near Naha Airport! Enjoy plane takeoffs and landings in front of you!
- An activity where adults and children can work together as a team!
Experience boarding a Hari boat!
- 1Warm-up exercises
To row a hari boat, not only do you use your hands and arms but also your lower body. Make sure to stretch your entire body before boarding.
- 2Practicing on land
The paddle for rowing is called "Eku" for hari boats.
The person sitting in the left row grips the top of the "eku" with his right hand and the middle of the "eku" with his left hand, controlling the "eku" with the left side of his body.
The opposite is true for those sitting in the right row. The left hand grips the top of the "eku", the right hand grips the middle, and the right side of the body controls the "eku".
When rowing, place the "eku" at a 90-degree angle in the water and pull the "eku" back, holding it at the middle (with the left hand for those in the left row and with the right hand for those in the right row).
At this time, the key is to move the "eku" in accordance with the timing and movement of the person in front of you so that it does not collide with the person in front of you.
Please watch your step and keep a slightly lower posture when boarding, rather than standing upright, so that both the boat and your body will be stable.
When sitting, please sit as close as possible to both sides of the boat (the left side for those in the left row and the right side for those in the right row).
As practiced on land, the hari boat will move forward by rowing the "eku" (paddle) in accordance with the movement of the person in front.
Feet are placed on the footrests under both ends to ensure that they are firmly planted while rowing.
At the front of the boat sits a "kaneuchi" (gong player), who beats a gong and taiko drums to keep the rhythm for everyone to move in unison. Pay attention to the movements of the person in front of you, and row with your "eku" in the water to the sound of the gong and drums.
Please be assured that the person in the back, the "kajitori" (helmsman), will be in control of changing the boat's direction.
Over time, your arms may start to ache, and it will be challenging to keep your position. Do not force yourself to paddle continuously; take moderate breaks and keep hydrated.
- 6Boat race
Once you get used to rowing, partake in rowing races, the most exciting part of Hari riding! Let's compete to see which boat gets first place.
※Depending on the number of participants, the course of embarkation, and weather conditions, there may be no rowing races.
Take home a one-of-a-kind memory!
Make an original certificate to commemorate your Hari boat ride!You can take home a one-of-a-kind certificate by coloring a dragon's face on the certificate with Uji Dyeing.
What is "Uji Dyeing"?In the Okinawan dialect, "Uji" means sugarcane and "Uji Dyeing" refers to dyeing and weaving using sugarcane.
The sugarcane leaves are used for dyeing, and based on the time of year when the leaves are harvested and how long they are soaked in the solution, you can enjoy a variety of colors from green to gold!
Beach BBQ is popular for after parties in Okinawa
Beach BBQ make for great after parties! Cheers with some drinks, surrounded by the blue ocean and sky!
Experience an Okinawan-style beach BBQ without the need for preparation and cleanup!
【Notes】Beverages are not included in the tour price, but they can be purchased at the store.
Now let's all say "Karii"
"Karii" means something happy or to be celebrated in Uchinaaguchi (Okinawan dialect), and is commonly used when making a toast.
- Get to know your fellow Hari boat rowers!
Finish off the Okinawan BBQ with yakisoba, a staple of iron plate BBQ!
- Vegan BBQ options
We also offer "vegetarian/vegan" options!
Please feel free to contact us!
※Advance reservations are required
「Hari Boating Experience Reservation」 Includes just the Hari experience, while.
「Complete Tour Reservation」includes both the Hari experience, Uji dyeing original certificate-making experience, and beach BBQ as a set plan.
Orion ECO Chura SUN BeachOne of the largest and most beautiful man-made beaches in the prefecture, with a total length of 700 meters, equipped with anti-box jellyfish nets, and beach monitors are stationed on-site.
It is close to Iias Okinawa Toyosaki and outlet malls, with great accessibility!
Stop by to watch the sunset while you shop!
April-June, September-October: 9:00AM-6:00PM
※Swimming is prohibited from November to March.
Chura VentureFun experience for both adults and children alike ♪
Near the BBQ venue are "Chura Water Park," one of the largest marine athletic facilities in Okinawa Prefecture, and "Chura Net Park," the first 3-story netted athletic facility in Okinawa Prefecture.
＜Click here for advance reservations＞
“Tomigusuku” is the closest resort cityTomigusuku City is easily accessible from the entrance to the Okinawa Expressway and has everything you need from nature, shopping, local cuisine, and historical sites!
from the airport
Most car rental stores are based in Tomigusuku City, so it makes for the perfect hub for your trip!
Orion ECO Chura SUN Beach5-1 Toyosaki, Tomigusuku City, Okinawa Prefecture 901-0225
From Naha AirportFrom Naha Airport, board a bus bound for iias Okinawa Toyosaki at bus stop No. 1 on the 1st floor of Naha Airport.
Get off at the "Iias Okinawa Toyosaki" bus stop and walk for 5 minutes.
From Naha Bus TerminalTake bus No. 55, 56, 88, or 98 departing from Naha Bus Terminal.
Get off at the "Michi-no-Eki Toyosaki" bus stop and walk west for 8 minutes.
If you are taking the Tomigusuku City busGet off at "Toyosaki Chura SUN Beach Entrance" and walk west for 3 minutes.
【By Car or Taxi】From Naha Airport, drive south on the Oroku Bypass for about 15 minutes.
[By Expressway] 15 minutes by car from the Nakachi Interchange.