Motobu is a port town located in Kunigami District, Prefecture of Okinawa, Japan. The town covers a total area of approx 54,30 km2 (20,97 ml2) and has a population of around 13,780 people (2013 census).
Several islands are easily accessed from Motobu: the small islands of Minna-jima (by ferry) and Sesoko (by bridge). Both islands are incorporated as part of Town of Motobu. Ferry service runs to Ie-jima from Motobu Port. Motobu is served by 3 large supermarkets and 8 individual schools (elementary to high school levels).
Just like many Okinawa towns, Motobu town is composed of what were previously several independent, smaller villages. In addition to the proper of Motobu, other included districts are Kamimotobu, Izumi, Sakimotobu and Sesoko.
The famous Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is situated in Motobu. Other notable attractions include the remains of Nakijin Castle, and several cafes.
On January 31, 2017, Motobu was selected as one of all 6 Japanese ports to receive private funding for structural upgrades of their cruise terminal facilities.
- The project aimed to attract more cruise ships and to increase the number of visiting international passengers. The other ports in that list are Yokohama, Shimizu, Sasebo, Yatsushiro-Kumamoto and Miyakojima.
- At the above listed ports, cruise companies will build passenger terminals and other port facilities using their own funds. Other companies and lines / operators will be also allowed to use these facilities. However, the cruise ship companies that will build the new port facilities will be given priority to use the wharfs.
- The companies involved in the port building project are NYK Cruises (subsidiary of the Japanese cargo shipping corporation Nippon Yusen Kaisha / NYK Line) and RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd).
- In 2016, the number of cruise ship visitors to Japan reached 1,9 million. In comparison, 2013 season's statistics showed only 174,000 passengers.
The Motobu cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Motobu, Okinawa Island, Japan.
If you lose the Motobu location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.