Japanese Food Spots in Okinawa Area

  • Okinawa Soba Nakamura Soba
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    4.0
    459 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunonnason Serakaki 1669-1
    Okinawa soba noodles have various tastes depending on the region. At this store, their hand-prepared and thin 100% wheat flour sea lettuce noodles using homemade sea lettuce without preservatives are popular. The soup base is rich with pork and bonito, but the noodles go perfectly with the simple soup. Fish cakes with sea lettuce, pork ribs, sea lettuce and red pickled ginger are used as topping.

    Great service- super quick and tasty food. Awesome outdoor seating although it is in the back and you cannot enjoy their amazing oceanview! It was a nice place for a quick lunch

  • Kishimoto Cafeteria flagship store
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    4.0
    262 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunmotobuchou Toguchi 5
    Kishimoto Cafeteria is a long-established (founded in 1905) Okinawan Soba Noodles restaurant located in Motobu Town. The restaurant’s signature dish is its hand-made “Ash Soba Noodles,” made with broth derived from the clear upper layer of water that has had rice straw ash dissolved in it. The rich-flavored dried bonito soup stock and thick hand-made noodles have remained largely unchanged since the restaurant was first established. Kishimoto Cafeteria is very popular with both tourists and locals.

    If you are exploring the northeast of Okinawa island you owe it to yourself to try and have lunch here. They specialise in the local Okinawan soba noodles and it was one of the best lunches we had on...

  • Ryukyumura (Airport Store)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Naha-shi Kagamizu 150 Naha Airport Domestic Flight Passenger Terminal Building 4F
    "This Okinawa soba specialty shop is located on the 4th floor in the Naha Airport Domestic Terminal in Kagamizu, Naha City. They provide Okinawa soba with a variety of toppings, in particular, ""soki soba."" The set meals featuring ""jushi,"" Okinawan taki-komi gohan (boiled rice seasoned with soy sauce and mixed with boneless pork ribs, hijiki seafood and vegetables) are popular too."
  • Sobe
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    4.5
    106 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.

    구글맵이나 내비게이션으로 찾기는 좀 어려웠습니다만, 가보니 정말 아기자기한 일본 가정식 소바집이었습니다. 직원도 너무 친절하고, 일본에서만 먹어볼 수 있는 진짜 일본식 소바였습니다. 진한 가츠오부시 국물에 튀기지 않은 면발이 부드러웠습니다. 정말 맛있고 저렴한 일본식 소바로 추천합니다. it was difficult to find the place...

  • Mikasa Matsuyama Branch
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Matsuyama 1-12-20
    A five-minute walk from Kencho-mae Station, this long-established dining hall was opened over fifty years ago. Okinawa-style set meals are offered at reasonable prices and with generous servings, making this a favorite spot among locals and tourists alike. It is open 24 hours a day year-round, with the exception of the first three days of the year and two days during the lunar calendar Bon Festival. In December 2016, the dining hall changed locations to a spot a one-minute walk away from its former location, so be careful not to go to the wrong address.
  • Tofu no Higa
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    4.0
    362 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Ishigaki-shi Ishigaki 570
    This tofu shop in Ishigaki, Ishigaki City makes and sells yushi-dofu, a style of tofu unique to Okinawa. The shop also has a restaurant where guests can enjoy dishes featuring freshly-made yushi-dofu. Offerings include their yushi-dofu sets, which include yushi-dofu, seasoned rice, and other items, as well as yushi-dofu soba, which features yushi-dofu served in a bowl of Okinawa soba.

    By knowing the restaurant reputation, we reached there earlier by 11:30am for lunch. We ordered Yushi Tofu set and Yushi Tofu soba. I must admit the full of natural flavor from soya beans and it...

  • Yanbaru Soba
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    4.0
    148 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunmotobuchou Izumi 70-1
    Despite being located a two-hour drive from Naha Airport in Motobu Town, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture, this Okinawa soba noodle restaurant is so popular, lines of waiting customers form outside its door. Operating out of an Okinawan style wooden Japanese home with a red tile roof, the restaurant's tatami mat seating gives it an old fashioned, Showa period atmosphere. The establishment's medium thick noodles are served in a fairly thick skipjack tuna based broth. Here customers can enjoy soki soba noodles topped with sweet and salty stewed spare rib, and san-mai niku soba topped with three strips of sweet and salty stewed boneless pork rib. Lines often form outside the door before the restaurant even opens and the establishment closes when supplies run out. This popular restaurant is frequently featured on television and in magazines.

    There was a small queue of people waiting to get in when we arrived - a sign that the food was worth waiting for! The queue does move quickly though. They only have 2 dishes available, soba with pork...

  • Shimujo
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    4.5
    61 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Shurisueyoshichou 2-124-1
    Shimujo near Sueyoshi Park is a restaurant located at 2-chome, Shurisueyoshi Town, Naha City. The shop occupies a traditional Japanese house with red roof tiles which has been designated as a national registered Tangible Cultural Property. It offers set meals of local cuisine such as Okinawan soba noodles, which are thin noodles covered with stock from pork and dried bonito. You can enjoy them in the Okinawan atmosphere which remains the same as in the past.

    Interesting place as it is not located in the usual touristy places. Go for the food and overall ambience.

  • Izakaya Mori no Kokage
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Okawa 199
    Located around 10 minutes’ walk from the Ishigaki Port Outer Island Ferry Terminal, the Izakaya Mori no Kokage restaurant serves dishes made from Ishigaki beef as well as other Yaeyama Islands and Okinawa local specialty dishes. Inside the restaurant, which is redolent of the gentle warmth of wood, there is a variety of seating options to suit everyone from individual diners to groups, including Horigotatsu (a heated table in a depression in the floor), regular tables, or seats at the bar. Diners can enjoy delicious cuts of Ishigaki beef at reasonable prices, in dishes such as Ishigaki Beef Nigiri Sushi, Ishigaki Beef Sliced Steak, etc. Slow-cooked Torotoro (skin-on pork rib stewed in soy sauce and brown sugar) is a popular lunch choice. The menu has both Japanese and English descriptions.
  • Airport Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Kagamizu 150 Naha Airport Building 1F
    The Airport Restaurant is located on the left-hand side of the first floor in the Arrivals building at Naha Airport. Although mainly intended for airport employees, non-employees are welcome to use the Restaurant, and many tourists eat there. Diners can enjoy classic Okinawa dishes such as Okinawa-style Soba Noodles, Chanpuru (a stir-fried dish), Champon (rice with fried vegetables, meat and eggs), etc. for very reasonable prices (around 600 yen).
  • Ajisai Ishigakijima
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    3.0
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Okawa 554-1
    A 30-minute drive from Painushima Ishigaki Airport. Here you can enjoy a meal while watching a show comprised of Yaeyama music and dancing. Customers are greeted by two Okinawan lion dog statues and a small garden stand guard in front of the large white walled building. Theater seating is provided on the first floor while the second floor is occupied by banquet halls. There are five spacious banquet halls in all with table seating or more relaxed tatami mat seating. The full menu includes an array of a la carte dishes like Ishigaki beef steak and Okinawa style stews, plus course meals making use of Okinawa's unique culinary delights.

    社員旅行の夕飯で訪れましたが、まあ普通の宴会料理ですね。飲み放題以外のお酒はベラボーに高い。メニュー表から泡盛を頼むと市場価格の4-5倍程度の値段になります。700円程度の泡盛が3,000円、2,500円程度の泡盛が9,800円でした。踊りも見られますが、おまけ程度の内容で全然盛り上がらないです。

  • Restaurant Tokujin
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    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.

    クチコミどおり やはりお高め設定でした、量も少なめ。でも上陸できた感謝と美味しかったので満足ってことで^ ^

  • Suru
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    4.5
    48 Reviews
    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).

    Well known place with tasty local food. Please, book in advance because its always crowded and there is a waiting line to grab the table. There is the menu in English, plus dedicated parking for...

  • 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.
  • Hanagasa Shokudo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 3-2-48
    The locals love this place for providing Okinawan cuisine at affordable prices. All menu items come in sets, and many popular options include generous side dishes. The Ryukyu Set includes goya tempura, mozuku seaweed tempura, rafute (Okinawan pork rib), sashimi, and more. There are also five kinds of soup and three kinds of rice to choose from. The closest station is Makishi Station on Yui Rail.
  • Emi no Mise
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    4.5
    29 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunogimison Oganeku 61
    Sample the various vegetables of the island at this restaurant. Each vegetable has a unique scent and level of bitterness, and the meals use them in such a way to provide maximum enjoyment. The lunchtime pasta features multicolored noodles with shekwasha (flat lemon), vegetables, and dragon fruit. The “Emi Andagi” dish, available for takeout, is popular as well. With the exception of lunches left up to the chef and light meals, reservations must be made a day in advance.

    I am so grateful we found this place as it does not market itself, but is truly a heart-based project from the owner. We were wanting to eat some local Okinawan food that was known for its longevity...

  • 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.
  • Churahime Okinawa Japanese Style Bar
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunnakijinson Heshiki 306
    This Japanese pub is in the Resort Hotel Buena Vista Nakijin. It serves the popular Okinawan cuisine “goya chanpuru” along with dishes such as “sea grape seafood rice bowl,” which features sea grapes and their distinctive texture along with freshly caught seafood. There are goat dishes available as well to complement the local cuisine. The restaurant is spacious, with both table seating and tatami seating available, and the tatami seating is non-smoking, making it perfect for children as well.

    ホテルブエナビスタ今帰仁の1階にある沖縄料理居酒屋さん。 島らっきょうの天ぷらやアグー豚、島豆腐等沖縄産の食材が色々食べれ、雰囲気も良くお値段も手頃で美味しかったです。 オーダ方法もQRコードを読んでサイトにアクセスして行えます。(店内Wi-Fi有) 店内もゆったりとした作りなので、こんな時期でも安心して楽しめると思いました。また、沖縄に来た時は伺いたいです。

  • Local cuisine Tenryu
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    4.0
    158 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.

    Even you take an international flight, you should enjoy your last meal at Tenryu located at domestic terminal (outside security gate) before heading home. We tried different types of noodles and all...

  • Mikado
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    4.0
    322 Reviews
    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.

    Great local cuisine; providing a range of dishes to tempt all cuisine styles inc vegetarians like me. Menues are in English and prices are very reasonable.

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Let go of your image of a busy, ordered Japan and replace it with crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches, and relaxing folk music: You’ve arrived in Okinawa. A world away from the high intensity of Tokyo, Okinawans appear to live a laid-back beach life on this paradisiacal tropical island that lies in the middle of the East China Sea almost 1,000 kilometers south of mainland Japan’s most southern tip. Home to a spattering of islands, prepare yourself to discover underwater caves, star-shaped sand, and an island culture sometimes unrecognizable from mainland Japan.

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