A groundbreaking ceremony for the Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa ("Four
Seasons Okinawa") was held at the project site in Onna Village on 28 October 2020.
The groundbreaking was witnessed by the Mayor of Onna Village, Mr. Nagahama Yoshimi and witnessed by key representatives from Onna Village and Berjaya Okinawa Development Co Ltd.
Developed by Berjaya Okinawa Development Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Berjaya Land Berhad, in partnership with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts ("Four Seasons"), the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, the Four Seasons Okinawa is part of a master plan development site comprising about 100 acres of beach front land along the western coast of the island, known as the Sunset Strip where most of the luxury resorts are located, and is close to the famous Manzamo Cape. It has easy access by highway from Naha Airport and is very near the major tourist attractions.
Comprising about 35 acres of the project development land area, the Four Seasons Okinawa will be a exclusively low-dense and low-rise resort development, with a total of 279 accommodation units, comprising 127 hotel rooms, 124 condo residences and 28 villa-type private residences. In keeping with Four Seasons brand’s unparalleled standards of hospitality, the resort facilities will include lively mix of epicurean restaurants and bars, a banquet venue, fitness and pool, spa treatment facilities, beach club and sports facilities, as well as public grounds and gardens of the highest standards. The low-density layout of the resort will allow guests and homeowners to access every amenity by foot, bicycles or golf carts.
Through the masterful eyes of world-renowned Japanese architects Kengo Kuma and Kuniken with internationally-acclaimed masterplan and landscape architecture firm EDSA Inc, the project is expected to take approximately three years to complete with the gross development value estimated to be about USD1.0 billion.
(From left) Kokuba Gumi President, Mr. Kokuba Yukikazu; Land Owner Associates Chairman, Mr. Shimabukuro Akira; Onna Village Counselor Chairman, Mr. Matayoshi Kaoru; Berjaya Okinawa Development Co Ltd Director, Tan Teng Yan; Onna Village Mayor, Mr Nagahama Yoshimi; Kuniken Chairman, Mr Higa Moritomo and Seikou Okinawa construction director, Mr. Izena Yoshio during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa.
Guests of honour performing the Kuwairenogi (Ceremony of Hoe) during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa.
Berjaya Corporation Berhad Executive Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan delivering his speech to the invited guests virtually from Berjaya Corporation Berhad’s head office in Kuala Lumpur.
Executive Chairman of Berjaya Corporation Berhad, Tan Sri Dato' Seri Vincent Tan said, “We
are pleased to continue our successful partnership with Four Seasons for the Four Seasons
Okinawa, emulating the success of Four Seasons Hotel and Hotel Residences Kyoto, which has
garnered numerous international recognitions and accolades. Besides Okinawa, we will also be
building a Four Seasons Hotel in Yokohama. In total, we plan to build a total of 10 hotels
with Four Seasons branding across Japan.”
"Given the considerable effort and investment that will go into the design and construction of the Four Seasons Okinawa, as well as of the future property development projects which make up the remaining land in our master plan development, I am confident that our huge mixed development project in Onna Village will have vast commercial potential, and will add immense value to the economic development and growth of the island. Besides creating a host of long-term employment and business opportunities for the local community, it will put Okinawa on the world map as a prime destination to visit in Japan," added Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan.
Chief Executive Officer of Berjaya Land Berhad, Syed Ali Shahul Hameed said, “Known as the Hawaii of Japan, Okinawa is an elevating destination and it is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination in Japan. Coupled with the world-class reputation of Four Seasons brand, Berjaya Land Berhad sees a great opportunity in Four Seasons Okinawa as the most exciting iconic luxury resort destination of the highest standards on the island of Okinawa and will contribute significantly to the local economy."
The Four Seasons Okinawa will be Berjaya’s second hotel on the island. The Group opened the ANSA Resort Okinawa in November 2019. The hotel is located in Uruma, the third-largest city in the Okinawa prefecture.
Onna Village Mayor, Mr Nagahama Yoshimi presenting his speech at the groundbreaking ceremony in Japan.