YYY Resort – Ie Island!

Hello! I hope you guys are enjoying this lovely Sunday. After working four days straight (ugh!) i finally had a day off!! I spent today at home with the hubby. We made pancakes this morning, cleaned up a bit, bought some groceries, watched tons of Supernatural episodes and even baked brownies! I definitely needed a low-key day spent on the couch in my pj’s. I took my time editing these pictures and writing this post. I hope you enjoy reading about our impromptu vacation or better yet, stay-cation! I also hope your ready for a major picture spam!
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If you follow me on Twitter you probably read that G and I decided last Sunday to spend monday night at a resort, it was very last minute and very fun! He decided to take a week off work for r&r, to recharge his batteries before leaving next month for a month. I (surprisingly) had two days off consecutively and we knew we had to plan something fun! After submitting our information on the resorts website, we thought we were going to get an email with the rates but on Monday morning we noticed they had already separated a room for us and we would have to pay 80% if we cancelled (same day). Haha, so we decided in the spur of the moment to take this as a sign and enjoy two days away.
We packed a backpack each, took out some yen and set out for a fun stay-cation on Ie Island. You may have seen my Lily Festival post last May (if not i encourage you to check it out!), it was on the same island 🙂 We drove north all the way to Motobu and after arriving early we kept driving and explored another little island just across the bridge! We took the 3:30pm ferry, though if we would’ve planned everything better we definitely would’ve taken the 11:00am ferry instead and explored Ie island! We decided to do that the next day instead.
Let’s just say these two days were such a breath of fresh air! 
 ^^ wearing a dress was probably not the best idea, but i’m glad i wore shorts underneath! ^^
 ^^ our beautiful oceanview! ^^
^^ japanese mini bar ^^
 ^^ You Tried, Okinawa. You Tried. ^^

^^ They had complimentary pajamas and let’s just say we had so much fun playing dress up! ^^
After a wonderful day spent together we had the fanciest dinner EVER! I’m talking real silver, tiny portions and seven courses of meat, fish, salad, soup, more meat and more fish, with dessert and tea! Everything was soo delicious but after we finished our dessert G literally said “that better not be it because i’m starving”! HAHA! We played pool at the hotel bar and although i got really close G won both games :(. 
The next morning we had breakfast and then relaxed by the pool and the beach. At 11am we packed up, checked out and took the van back to the port. We were so ready to rent bikes and explore the island! 
Sadly, when we got the the rental place after playing charades for a bit they told us that there was a typhoon close to Okinawa and that if it hit they would have to close the port and we would be stuck there. We saw the clouds coming in and decided to take the 12pm ferry back to Okinawa instead. I was very mad and discouraged, because i’ve been wanting to go back to Ie since we visited in May and the whole reason we ended up staying at the resort was because i asked G if we could spend the day riding bikes and exploring there. Well that part didn’t work out as planned, but this means now i want to go back even more. 
 ^^ i am obsessed with these “jacks” wave breakers! aren’t they the coolest thing?! ^^
While looking for a place to eat i decided to take hubby to Cafe Doka Doka before heading home for the day! 🙂 
Even though some parts of the trip didn’t go as planned we had so much fun enjoying each other’s company and spending some quality time together. Nothing really mattered as long as we were together, holding hands, and most important of all having a good time!
Q: Ever planned a spontaneous trip somewhere and things didn’t go as planned? 

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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

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  • It is just too gorgeous.
    Oh, and I tried to wear a dress on the ferry once… wah wah wah.
    Not a good plan. Lucky you with the shorts. Or smart you.

  • Oh my gosh, that will be such a fun trip! I'm hoping to be able to go to Tokyo during my winter break. There are so many things I have yet to see there.

    Mangoes are my favorite fruit and they're pretty much non-existent where I live, so I'd be all over that!

  • Yes! Spontaneous trips that don't go as planned make the best stories! I can't wait to visit Osaka!! Husband and I are thinking of doing a trip in December to Tokyo/Osaka/Kyoto!!!

    You should visit Okinawa next summer and i'll take you!! ^__^ and that mango ice cream bowl was THE BOMB! it was so expensive but soo big and delicious!

  • ^__^ thanks! I love how different Okinawa is to mainland Japan!! Although i'm so excited to visit soon and experience that side! i always thought it would be a fun thing to share on your blog, the other side of Japan! 🙂

  • FUN! i love getting away for the weekend! Can't wait to see pictures of Montana!!
    OMG i knooow the first time we went to the ocean and saw these i couldn't believe my eyes! They look like a God or someone just threw them in the ocean randomly, haha!

  • We had a blast even though the whole trip didn't go as planned! It was our first spontaneous trip and probably not the last! ;D

  • I went to the Lily Festival and now just to the Resort!! I can't wait to be able to go back and rent bikes/mopeds to explore the island! It'll probably be better during fall 🙂 This heat/humidity is ridiculous!

  • It was totally refreshing! Especially being away from base and americans, hahaha! OMG that pink Ie Soda is soooo goood!! I want to go back soo badly!!

  • You two are so cute! LOVED all these pictures and a new look into a different side of Japan. This totally looks like America, not the Nihon I know! I kinda love it! haha

  • What a fun time!!!
    Husband and I have a weekend off next weekend, and we're going to montana.
    I am beyond excited. But i'm sure it won't near compare to those beautiful skies and sea.
    just, wow.

    Those wave breakers are the best thing ever. It was one of the first things I noticed.
    and complimentary PJs… my kind of place.

    Can't wait to see your explorations when you go back.

  • Kara

    Love IE Island! I went twice. Once was a girl's trip and we spent the night at YYY. The other time was with my sis for the day. We rented bikes. It was only 1,000 yen for the day and well worth it. There's a lot to see on that little island. I love seeing others enjoy Okinawa too!

  • Great photos, it looks like you had an awesome time despite not being able to rent the bikes. Sometimes, spontaneous trips that don't go to plan can lead to the best unplanned experiences 🙂

  • It looks like you two had a great time even though you weren't able to go bike riding to explore. Even when I plan trips out, a lot of the times, random problems come up! Like today, my friend and I were going to go exploring in Osaka, but it was pouring like crazy. We ended up going shopping which is totally okay with me though haha! The little problems make for great stories later on. I think all that matters, especially when you're with your loved one, is that you got to spend time together and have fun with each other.

    You need to take me to Cafe Doka Doka! It's soooo cute and that view looks amazing and so does that mango and ice cream bowl. Oh my goodness.

  • Andrea Ostler Castro

    Ahh this looks amazing! I love how a night away can feel so refreshing. And I LOVE that Ie soda: that's mainly the reason I want to go back there 🙂

  • Lovely place! Those jacks wave breakers are so unique, I don't think I've seen anything like that before. That complimentary pajamas looks so fun. Haha. Hopefully you'll have a chance to go back and explore the island soon!