Transportation

Public Buses

There are four main bus companies in Okinawa. Ordinary buses have route numbers, which are coordinated between companies (i.e. there is only one #86 bus line), so if you know the route number, you do not need to worry about getting on the wrong bus. The bus system may seem confusing at first, but once you get used to the bus lines, they can be quite convenient.

How to Ride the Bus

  1. Stand visibly by the bus stop, or the bus driver may not see you.
  2. Take a ticket upon entering the bus. The number printed on your ticket corresponds to the stop where you got on, and will determine the fare you pay when you get off.
  3. Press the "stop" button by your seat when you are approaching your stop. This will cause a sign at the front of the bus to become illuminated if it is not already.
  4. When you get off the bus, put your fare (exact change) into the fare box by the driver along with your ticket. If you do not have change, use the change machine below the fare box.

Bus stops will be announced, so you can listen for your stop. If you are not sure when to press the stop button for your stop, you should tell to the bus driver where you would like get off when you board. A book of all the bus routes in Okinawa,and timetables for all the routes is available from the bus information counter in Naha Airport.

Bus Companies in Okinawa

Ryukyu Bus (098) 863-2821
Okinawa Bus (098) 861-0385
Naha Bus (098) 868-7149
Toyo Bus (098) 867-2313

Further information on buses and bus routes can be found at:
http://www.kotsu-okinawa.org/en/index.html
(The public buses which stop at OIST are #20 and #120. It runs between Naha Airport and Nago-shi in the north. Also the Airport limousine bus “Basho/Cattleya” comes to the OIST campus.) For further information, please check: http://www.oist.jp/limousine-bus

OIST Shuttle Bus

OIST provides a free shuttle bus service between Ishikawa and Onna Campus. If you would like to take the shuttle bus, you need to register in advance with the Facility Management Section. Please check the following bus schedule and route: Look at Shuttle Bus Schedule for the most up-to-date schedule here

for more information is below:
https://groups.oist.jp/bfm/useful-information

Taxi

Using a taxi is a convenient, but expensive way to get around in Okinawa. The initial fee is ¥500 for the first 1800 meters. Taxis can be easily found in resort or city areas. You can hail a taxi on the street or at a taxi stand. Please remember, the rear passenger doors are opened by the driver, and they will close automatically. It is not necessary to tip taxi drivers in Japan.

Okitoh Kotsu (沖東交通)

Taxi company with English speaking drivers
1730 Seragaki, Onna-son, Kunigami, Okinwa, Japan
TEL 098-966-2861; FAX 098-966-8141
English operator: Toll free 0120-23-5477

Daiko Service

Daiko service is a substitute driving service. Drinking and driving is prohibited in Japan. If you drink and need a ride to take your car home, use this service. Two drivers with a car will come to pick you up. One of them drives you home in your car, and the other driver follows behind to pick up the first driver when you get to your destination.

You will see a Daiko Service list at restaurants which offer alcoholic drinks and at pubs. Please ask the establishments staff to call Daiko Service for you or have a Japanese friend to do so. Remember, the punishment for drinking and driving is strict in Japan! If you drink, don’t drive; it you drive, don’t drink!