Former President Clinton's Childhood Home -- In Japan
No, the former president didn't live in Japan as a child. This is an odd but true story. In Nago, on the main Okinawan Island, a Japanese businessman constructed an exact replica of Bill Clinton's childhood home in Hope, Arkansas. The home was completed in the year 2000, when Mr. Clinton visited the island for the G-8 summit, although there is no record of him visiting the home.
ABC News reported the cost of the house, complete with imported period-appropriate furniture and appliances from antique stores in the USA, cost $730,000 USD. For awhile it was a popular tourist attraction, but now seems to be forgotten. It is on the private property of the Kanucha Bay Resort, across from the golf course in Nago, northern Okinawa.
I visited Nago but I didn't know about this home at the time. If I get to travel to Okinawa again, I would like to have a look at this place. I'm not such a big fan of the former president, but I am curious to see what the home he grew up in was like.
Kanucha Bay Resort (www.kanucha.jp/en), with its hotel, villas, restaurants and golf course, is located at 156-2 Abu, Nago-shi, Okinawa-ken, 905-2263. To get there, head north on the expressway to Nago and take 329 to 331.
The Clinton House is not open for tours, but visitors can view it anytime.