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Okinawan Cuisine Spots in Japan

  • Restaurant Tokujin
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Chinen Kudaka 238
    This restaurant is right next to the boat waiting area at Tokujin Port on Kudaka Island. You can gaze at the sea as you enjoy a sea grape rice bowl, sashimi, salad with nigana dressing, and other dishes that feature fresh vegetables and seafood from the island. The restaurant's most popular item is a traditional local dish called Irabu-jiru soup, a court dish that contains smoked Erabu black-banded sea krait and other eel meat that is said to boost immunity.
  • Suru
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Kumoji 3-25-7
    This Okinawa soba restaurant, with its wooden structure and red roof, looks quintessentially Okinawan. Its specialty freshwater noodles are thin and springy. The soup uses no chemical seasonings. The delicious soup stock is made using natural Okinawan salt, dried bonito, and kelp. The yushi dofu (fluffy Okinawan tofu) topped with grilled soy sauce is great as well. The closest stations are Miebashi Station and Kencho-mae Station on the Okinawa Monorail (Yui Rail).
  • Bar Shikenbaru
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Hirara Nishizato 236
    This Japanese-style pub is on Nishizato-odori Avenue on Miyako Island and offers Okinawan cuisine. The restaurant features several private rooms and a subdued, modern Japanese atmosphere. There is a rich variety of spirits to choose from, including awamori (millet brandy), shochu (liquor distilled from yams, etc.), and Japanese sake. Dishes made with seasonal fish caught from the waters around the island and locally grown vegetables are available as well. The day’s recommendations are displayed in a case by the counter and are also visible on the board inside the restaurant.
  • Chanpuru Folk Song Japanese Style Bar
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunnakijinson Yonamine 524
    At this pub, you can enjoy both Okinawan cooking and folk songs. There are several types of awamori (millet brandy) as well as dishes prepared with fish shipped straight from fishermen. Deep-fried bananafish (gurukun in the Okinawan dialect) is an especially popular dish due to its fragrant and soft white flesh. The staff dress in florid attire and provide traditional drumming, sanshin, and song performances accompanied with explanations. There are karaoke rooms as well, making this place perfect for afterparties. Free shuttle service is available to hotels in Nakijin Village and Motobu Town.
  • Local cuisine Tenryu
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    4.0
    132 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Kagamizu 150 Naha Airport Domestic Terminal Building 4F
    This restaurant is on the 4th floor of the Naha Airport Domestic Terminal. While alcohol is served as well, Okinawa soba is their main offering, along with chanpuru and other local dishes. Since it's inside the airport, you can grab a quick bite to eat here before your departure.

    You can expect a short wait as the restaurant is quite small. It is located on the 4th Floor of Naha Domestic Terminal and the food is great! We got the Taco Rice and Soba Set (which is not a huge...

  • Mikado
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Matsuyama 1-3-18
    This dining hall was founded in 1962 and is open 24 hours. It is famous as the origin of the “pork and eggs set,” which has become a standard of Okinawan cuisine. There's also goya chanpuru, Okinawa soba, and other home-style cooking with plenty of vegetables. The main draw is their katsudon (pork cutlet rice bowl). The sweet and savory sauce, soba soup stock, and braised pork is sure to whet your appetite.
  • Koja Soba Noodle Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Hirara Shimozato 1517-1
    This is the company store for the long-standing “Koja Soba Factory” founded in 1932. The store has a calm air about it that women can feel comfortable entering alone. It’s popular with the locals, and the traditional, plain taste is as enjoyable as always. The most popular item is the “soki soba” (Okinawan noodles made from wheat powder). The springy noodles are topped with soft, sweet pork, and the soup is clear and has a light taste. Both the soba sets and individual item menu offer numerous options.
  • Sobe
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    4.5
    79 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Sobe 2-37-40
    This spot, which has been featured on television, allows visitors to enjoy Okinawa soba and seafood dishes. The atrium-style interior is designed after a traditional Japanese home, with 80 tatami mat seats and 10 tables. The extensive menu features everything from “Okinawa soba” to iced zenzai (red bean sweet). The soba noodles are firm and come with a light soup that complement them perfectly. The “seafood rice bowl” is a luxurious dish chock-full of the blessings of the sea.

    I found it in athan application for hallal food When i get here its not Ended i had some fish and honestly was really good Their nodules looks Awsome too

  • Yagiya
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    4.5
    87 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Shimajirigunyaesechou Oton 1172
    Situated on a small hill in Yaese Town, Shimajiri County, this restaurant features a red-brick design and offers local cuisine and sweets. The pure Ryukyu-style “karaya” tiled building is a registered Tangible Cultural Property. This restaurant has been repeatedly voted on sites such as “Hitosara” and “Tabelog” as having the “best lunch” and other distinctions. Their popular Okinawa soba uses a rich soup with a wonderfully light taste. There’s also “asa soba,” featuring noodles with sea lettuce kneaded into the flour, and “soy milk soba,” whose noodles contain soy milk. The dessert selection is impressive as well, with the “brown sugar zenzai (red bean sweet) with brown syrup and soybean flour” enjoying particular popularity. A wide selection of a la carte options is also available.

    Tucked away in a small lane off the Main Street, this is traditional noodle shop, which specializes in local soba. Menu is simple, mostly soba sets with some extras to choose from. Noodles come with...

  • Shimasoba Ichibanchi
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Ishigaki 1-1
    This Yaeyama soba specialty shop is known for its devotion to health. Enjoy an exquisite bowl of Yaeyama soba made from carefully selected ingredients, including the noodles, soup, and seasoning you sprinkle onto your noodles. The soba noodles are firm and thin flat noodles made without preservatives or artificial coloring. The soup contains no chemical additives and is made with pork produced on the island that is boiled for a long time to produce a light, refreshing taste. The “jushi” (Okinawan paella) has a Yaeyama flavor that you won’t find anywhere else.

    Don't quite understand why the reviews not only here but other sites are very positive. I m very disappointed with the taste of the noodle.

  • Yamaya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Kumoji 2-21-12
    Yamaya, a restaurant that specializes in kimchi and Okinawa soba, makes its home in Kumoji of Naha City. The noodles are short and easily pick up the soup, which has a deep but light flavor that uses no chemical seasonings. The “Yamaya soba” is a popular and delicious dish that goes well with kimchi. There's also “kimchi yakisoba” and several other original menu items available. The hand-prepared kimchi uses no additives, and dishes such as the specially made “mozuku kimchi” (kimchi with a type of edible seaweed) and the seasonal “island Japanese leek with kimchi” combine typical Okinawan ingredients with kimchi.
  • “Shimatoate” Island Japanese rice wine and relish
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 3-11
    This Okinawan cuisine restaurant is located in the Kokusai Street Food Village. There are over 100 types of awamori (millet brandy) and awamori cocktails available, including a combination of prefecture-produced black tea and awamori. The menu options include the rare pineapple roast pork rafute (Okinawan-style stewed pork cubes), as well as “goya chanpuru,” “zaru mozuku,” and other Okinawan dishes. All were chosen specifically to complement the awamori.
  • Nouka no Shokutaku restaurant
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    5.0
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunnakijinson Wakugawa 369
    This restaurant is on the “Aiai Tezukuri Farm” along National Route 505 in Nakijin Village. It offers cuisine that uses vegetables raised on the farm as well as meat and fish from Nakijin. The lunch menu includes popular, reasonably priced options such as “island tofu with boiled pork cutlet,” and the side dishes are served buffet-style, so refills are unlimited. For dinner, with the exception of those who are staying overnight, reservations must be made by the day before.

    Tasty restaurant and the friendly staff. No "Vegan menu" here but after discussed with staff some TOFU main dishes can be vegan food. All of the family have good time here.

  • Uema Shokudo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunnakijinson Imadomari 170
    This dining hall, located along National Route 505 in Imadomari of Nakijin Village, focuses on yakuzen cooking (meals mixed with medicinal ingredients). It prepares its food using carefully selected seasonal ingredients, and each medicinal dish contains a healthy serving of vegetables. The cook is a member of the Japan Chinese Medicinal Food Society  and is certified as a cook and an international preparer of Chinese medicinal meals. Everything, including the dessert, is painstakingly prepared by hand.
  • Urashima (Okinawan entertainment theater - traditional dance and dishes)
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    4.5
    31 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Kume 2-10-6 Aragaki Building 2F
    This Ryukyu-style restaurant is a five-minute walk from Asahibashi Station. It was founded in 1974 and performed thorough research to create original preparation methods for providing Ryukyuan cuisine. It is also famous for hosting authentic performances of Ryukyu dance, with 10 dance performances being held every day with no swapping taking place. The restaurant interior is barrier-free, so the elderly, baby carriages, and wheelchairs can access the facility with ease.

    As part of the tour, this dinner place was easy to find by self drive from DFS. Food is good and tasty and the traditional show was awesome! If you want to check out some traditional Japanese dance...

  • Ryukyuan restaurant Itoguruma
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Tomari 1-22-9
    Ryukyuan restaurant Itoguruma is at 1 Tomari in Naha City. The soft and slowly boiled “rafute” (Okinawan-style stewed pork cubes) is one of many Ryukyu-style dishes they offer, and there's palace cuisine available as well. There are many types of seating, from table seats to counter seats, tatami seats, and sunken kotatsu seats (low table over a hole in the floor), and there are both a la carte and banquet dishes available, making this establishment suitable for a number of purposes.

    那覇の港から住宅地に入ったところにある沖縄料理屋です。何年か前に沖縄出身の先輩に紹介されて、こちらにくれば、必ず行ってます。去年までは、単品でも注文できたのですが、最近はコース料理中心になってます。ここの料理は、全部が美味いのですが、特にここのラフテーは最高!なんともいえぬ味付けとやわらかさは絶品です!ぜひ食べてみてください!また、おかみさんもいつも、優しく接してくれて、黒糖飴のお土産までいただき...

  • Goya restaurant
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    4.0
    138 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Hirara Nishizato 570-2
    Goya is an Izakaya (bar-restaurant) located adjacent to Prefectural Highway 78 on Miyako-jima (Miyako Island). The menu features mainly Okinawan dishes, made using vegetables, meat, fish and seafood produced locally on Miyako-jima. Every evening, there are live performance of Shima-uta (traditional Okinawan folk music) and Okinawan sanshin (shamisen) playing, enabling visitors to enjoy both Miyako-jima cuisine and local culture at the same time. The Goya-Hanare restaurant, which also serves local cuisine (including snapping turtle), is located along the same stretch of road.

    So walked in and first challenge was to explain we had no reservation and the guy serving us had to explain it would cost 320 yen just to sit. This I guess was fine as there’d be live music (going by...

  • Tubarama Kokusaidori branch
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    4.0
    91 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 2-7-25
    Tuva Rama is a restaurant specializing in Okinawan cuisine located on Kokusai Street, around one minute’s walk from Makishi Station. Tuva Rama offers an impressive range of Okinawan dishes made using local ingredients; the regular evening dinner menu alone has over 60 different items. For lunch, the restaurant has a range of set meals, including Okinawan Soba noodles and Chanpuru (an Okinawan stir-fried dish). The restaurant interior successfully recreates the atmosphere of pre-war Okinawa; there are live sanshin (shamisen) and Shima-uta (traditional Okinawan folk music) performances every evening.

    Chanced upon this charming restaurant along Kokusaidori when our tour bus off a Princess Cruise dropped us off at Makishi Park just around the corner. The menu on the easel outside of the restaurant...

  • Umi Monogatari Main Branch
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunonnason Nakama 2246
    Umi Monogatari is an Izakaya (bar-restaurant) located adjacent to National Highway 58 in Onna Village, Kunigami District. Besides a menu that emphasizes fresh fish (delivered directly from Nago fishing harbor), diners can also enjoy Kusu Awamori (aged Awamori spirit). In addition, there are live folk song performances almost every day between 19:00 and 21:00. Umi Monogotari is very popular both with locals and tourists. A variety of dining options are available, including regular tables, horigotatsu (a heated table positioned in a depression in the floor), zashiki (tatami rooms for groups of up to 35 people), booths with tables, etc.
  • Kishimoto Shokudo Yaedake Branch
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunmotobuchou Inoha 350-1
    Located in Motobu, Kunigami District near a municipal market, Kishimoto Shokudo is a famous, long-established Okinawan Soba noodles restaurant, which was founded in 1905. Kishimoto Shokudo’s second branch, the Yaedake Branch, is located to the east of the main branch on Prefectural Highway 84 near the entrance to Yae-dake (Mt. Yae). Using the same recipes as the main branch, the Yaedake Branch serves Okinawan Soba noodles with full-bodied noodles prepared using charcoal, and a simple broth, as well as Jushi (Okinawan rice porridge). As at the Main Branch, the entire menu basically consists of variations on these two items (diners can choose what size Soba noodles they want).

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