The 16th Asia-Pacific Rally General Information

2013-07-05

The 16th Asia-Pacific Rally

General Information

 

The 16th Asia-Pacific Rally will be held for a four-day period from Friday, October 11 to Monday, October 14, 2013 at the “Sonmin no Mori Tsutsuji Eco Park (or Higashi Village People’s Park Azalea Eco Park)” in Higashi Village, Okinawa Prefecture. The event will be organized by the Japan Auto Camping Federation and co-organized by the Higashi Village and Higashi Village Furusato Development Corp.

 

The Okinawa prefecture is located in the southern-most part of Japan, consisting of some 160 large and small islands in a mild, subtropical oceanic climate, blessed with warm sunshine throughout the year. As one of leading tourist spots in Japan, Okinawa is surrounded with the emerald green ocean under which colorful coral reefs widely spread, making it a favorite destination of marine sport lovers. Due to its unique climatic features, Okinawa is also a habitat of fauna and flora to the region, well-known as the land of natural treasures.

 

With its close proximity to the Asian continent, Okinawa has a long history of having active trades with neighboring countries. Reflecting the unique culture grown in its history, Okinawa has many places to visit to this day, including a number of historical relics that goes back to the Ryukyu Dynasty, traditional arts and crafts, entertainment, manners and customs and cuisine, which allow us to vividly imagine what the dynastic culture might have looked like in the ancient era.

 

The Azalea Eco Park, or the event site, is located in the Higashi Village in the north part of the main island of Okinawa. It sits in a corner of dense evergreen forests called “Yanbaru no Mori” and has a camping area on a hill looking down the ocean. In March, azalea flowers bloom across the park, brightly coloring the hilly area in various hues of pink forming a sharp contrast with the lush green. The Higashi Village is also the largest producer of pineapples in Japan.

 

The park has one of the leading auto camping areas in Okinawa, with each site equipped with 100-voltage AC power supply. Log house-style bungalows are scattered across the camping area and are fully equipped with kitchenettes and other amenities so that campers can enjoy their stay comfortably.

 

October, when the Asia-Pacific Rally will take place, is the best tourist season in Okinawa after summer heat subsides. Join us to enjoy excellent local hospitality, the beautiful nature and valuable culture and to foster warm friendships with Asian participants in the rally at the same time.

 

Akira Yoshida

Chairman

The Japan Auto Camping Federation

 

                                                                  Higashi Village People’s Forest – Azalea Eco Park

 

The 16th Asia-Pacific Rally

Outline of the Event

 

Organized by:

The Japan Auto Camping Federation

Co-organized by:

Higashi Village and Higashi Village Furusato   Development Corp.

Period:

Friday, October 11 – Monday, October 14,   2013

Site:

Higashi Village Sonmin no Mori Tsutsuji   Eco Park

Address: 766-1, Taira, Higashi-son,   Kunigami-gun, Okinawa

Application   Acceptance Period:

Please submit applications for   participation in the period of:

June 28 – July 30, 2013

Fee:

Adults: 3,000 yen/person

Children (aged 18 or younger): 1,500   yen/person

Accommodation:

 

3 Type A Bungalows for 8 guests: 54,000   yen/unit

6 Type B Bungalows for 6 guests: 36,000   yen/unit

5 Type C Bungalows for 4 guests: 30,000   yen/unit

(Each amount above covers a 3-night-4-day stay for   the Oct. 11-14 period)

NB.

- Each bungalow   is equipped with a kitchenette, a bathroom and a toilet room, as well as a   small refrigerator, air conditioners (with charge), a rice cooker, a small   pot, a hot plate for barbeque, the tableware and the bedding

- The accommodation   (bungalow use) charge should be paid by transferring the money to the bank   account designated on the last page of this information on or before September   30, 2013. The event participation fees should be paid at the reception desk   on October 11, 2013.

Another Accommodation Available:

Sunrising Petit Hotel

A 15-minite drive from the Tsutsuji Eco Park, the event site

Address: 940-1, Arume, Higashi-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa, 905-1206

Phone: +81 980 51 2616

Fax: +81 980 51 2615

Mobile Phone: +81 90 1944 3364 (Contact: Mr. Yoshimoto)

Room Rates:

Standard Twin:

 

Special Twin:

 

Petit Suite Twin:

4,500 yen per   night, per person for adults (with no breakfast, 3,000 yen for children aged   12 or younger; 7,000 yen for single use)

5,500 yen per   night, per person for adults (with no breakfast, 4,000 yen for children aged   12 or younger; 8,200 yen for single use)

11,500 yen per   night, per person for adults (with no breakfast, 6,000 yen for children aged   12 or younger; 12,500 yen for single use)

 

Please call the hotel for reservation.

An extra bed available at a separate charge of 3,000 yen.

Each room rate above does not include breakfast. Japanese-style breakfast is available at an additional charge of 500 yen per person.

Payment method: Cash only

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 11:00

 

Time Schedule:

Friday, October   11:

 

Site opening

 

 

Eve of Rally party for overseas participants

Saturday, October   12:

5:00

Big game fishing   experience (option)

 

9:30

“Yanbaru 3-Ocean View Spot Tour” Excursion (option)

 

17:00

Opening Ceremony

 

17:30

Welcome Party

Sunday, October   13:

9:00

Taira Bay fishing experience (option)

 

 

Handicraft making experience (option)

 

9:15

“Neniya Beach Walk & Dugong Watching” Excursion   (option)

 

9:30

Original   Shimasaba (Okinawa-style beach sandal) making experience (option)

 

 

Pineapple jam making   experience (option)

 

 

Fukuji Dam adventure   (by canoe/natural exploration boat) (option)

 

10:00

Higashi Village   Fureai Hirugi Park Walk & Canoe Experience (option)

 

 

Project adventure   experience class (option)

 

10:30

How to cook Okinawan   food with the Dutch oven (option)

 

13:00

How to make traditional   Okinawan sweets (option)

From time to time

 

Finger whistling   class (free admission)

From time to time

 

Park golf (free   admission)

Monday, October   14:

9:30

Closing Ceremony

 

NB. Restaurants also available within in the park, with prior application required,

 

Tsutsuji Eco Park Bungalows

Exterior

 

 

  Interior

 

 

Optional Programs (Reservations Required);

Big game fishing   experience

5,000 yen per   person for adults only

How to cook   Okinawan food with the Dutch oven

1,000 yen per   person

Original Shimasaba (Okinawa-style beach sandal)   making experience

1,000 yen per   person

Pineapple jam   making experience

1,000 yen per   person

Project adventure   experience class

1,000 yen per   person

Fukuji Dam adventure (by canoe/natural exploration boat)

2,000 yen per   person

Taira Bay fishing   experience

2,000 yen per   person for anyone aged 6 or older

Handicraft making   experience

1,000 yen per   person

How to make   traditional Okinawan sweets

200 yen per   person

 

 

◆ Excursions (Options)

 

October 12: “Yanbaru 3-Ocean View Spot Tour”:

Adults: 9,000 yen; Children: 8,000 yen (lunch charge inclusive)

9:30

Departure

10:00

Visit the Dugong no Mieru Oka (Hill of   Dugongs) (15-min.walk from the parking lot)

Enjoy scenic beauty over the Nago Bay from   the Nagogusuku relics

Visit the Churaumi Aquarium

Enjoy scenic beauty over the Haneji Inland   Sea from the Arashiyama Observatory

12:00

Lunch

 

Visit   the Yagaji Island for salt farm sightseeing

16:00

Return   to the camping area

 

○ Tour Program:

The tour will have as its tour guide, Mr. Hayashi Kishimoto, known as the “Indiana Jones of Yanbaru” for his great knowledge about the nature and culture native to the region. Listen to his valuable talks that could never be heard anywhere else.

 

The Hill of Dugongs commands a panoramic view. Up on the hill, you can appreciate the excellent scenic beauty overlooking the Oh-ura Bay, less known to even local people.

The Nago Bay is a resort beach representing the surrounding area of “Yanbaru.” The area along the beach with colorful coral reefs spreading out to the sea provides fascinating points for divers and other diverse marine sport lovers.

The Arashiyama Observatory is a sightseeing point commanding the beautiful scenery of an isle seemingly floating beyond the emerald green sea.

The “Churaumi Aquarium” is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Okinawa, providing a dynamic, amazing view of how 8.5-meter-long whale sharks and many other marine inhabitants of Okinawan are swimming in the huge water tanks.

 

 

October 13: “Teniya Beach Walk & Dugong Watching”

Adults: 7,000 yen; Children: 6,000 yen (lunch charge inclusive, max 20 participants)

NB. An additional fee of 6,500 yen per person required if you are interested in riding a kayak to move from one place to another.

9:30

Departure

10:00

Walk   from the estuary along the coast line to make a field trip of the folded   strata in the Kayo Formation

12:00

Lunch

13:10

Visit the Hill of Dugongs (a   15-min. walk from the parking lot)

15:00

Arrive at the Higashi Village

 

 

Joining the tour will be Mr. Hayashi Kishimoto, known as the “Indiana Jones of Yanbaru” for his great knowledge about the nature and culture native to the region. It is a tour of adventure interwoven with his intriguing talks that could not be heard anywhere else.

 

The Teniya Beach is a geologically important area where “isoclinal folds” can be seen on the rock surfaces as a result of enormous stress that caused the rock strata to undergo bending and curvature in the ancient periods. It is a valuable place where such dynamically folded strata like this can only be seen. In 2012, the Teniya Beach was officially designated as a Natural Monument site in Japan.

The Hill of Dugongs is a panoramic view point of scenic beauty looking down the Oh-ura Bay, less known to even local people.

 

 

◆Access

 About a 2.5-hour drive from the Naha Airport to the event site:

 

Take the Okinawa Expressway to its northern termination at Kyoda, then follow signs to the   east side of the island and Higashi Village. It is about 60 minutes by car.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Temperature:

 

Average in October: 25.5℃

 

 

 

 

◆Banking Information:

  Bank    : Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

  Bank Code : SMBCJPJT

  Branch    : Koujimachi (Branch No.218)

   Account No: 0042273

   Account Holder: Japan Auto Camping Federation

 

 

◆Address:

  Sonmin no Mori Tsutsuji Eco Park

   766-1, Taira, Higashi Village,Okinawa

   TEL+81-980-43-3300 FAX+81-980-43-3030

 

The Japan Auto Camping Federation

   Kiyoshige Bldg,12 San-ei-cho,Shinjuku-ku,Tokyo

   TEL+81-3-3357-2851 FAX+81-3-3357-2850

   E-mail jac@autocamp.or.jp

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