Okinawa's Torii Beach reopening after upgrades
April 20, 2009
TORII STATION, Okinawa — Brace yourselves for the official Torii Beach opening April 25.
"It’s going to be the ultimate beach party," said Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation director Justin Evers.
Torii Beach will open this season with a $1.6 million face-lift that includes the addition of four beach cabins, a splash fountain, and upgrades to CJ’s Bar and Grill, Evers said.
The project was designed to give Torii beach a more resort-style flair, he said.
Coral-cut walls, decorative art and bamboo palms adorn the area.
The water slide has been spruced up, and a removable boardwalk was added.
The four new cabins, expected to open for guests in June, bring the number of beachfront huts to eight and will feature flat-screen TVs, refrigerators and full showers.
And workers renovated the older cabins, Evers said.
Construction began in October, and staff members are putting the finishing touches on the outdoor restaurant area, he said.
"It’s a pretty comprehensive project," he said.
"Before, things didn’t really flow together, and now they will."
A new pavilion will host live performances during the base’s summer music series on weekends from May 2 through Sept. 5.
Free shuttle service will be provided from Kadena Air Base’s Emery Lanes to Torii Station during the music series from 5 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.
Torii Beach season opening
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25
Features: Treasure hunts, bouncers, costumed super heroes, water slide, live entertainment
Transportation: Free bus service will run from 10 a.m. to midnight from Kadena Air Base Emery Lanes to Torii Station
For more Information: DSN 644-4334