Japanese Food Spots in Okinawa Area

  • Airport Restaurant
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    4.0
    1212 Reviews
    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).

    I had a transit flight for Ishigaki Island, I looked forward to trying this restaurant as I heard about positive feedback. Soki soba was good maybe because of super reasonable price. Other local...

  • Ufuya - Okinawa Old Folk House
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    4.0
    616 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Nakayama 90
    This local restaurant uses a kominka (old house) centered on Asato residence, constructed in the late Meiji period (1868–1912). In the afternoon, in addition to Okinawan soba wheat noodles, you can enjoy their prided Agu pork dishes and steak using wagyu beef from the prefecture, and reservations are only available for the shabu-shabu course and wagyu steak. They only offer courses of Ryukyu dishes or Agu pork at night.

    Make your reservations online as the place can be packed. We ordered the Agu pork shabu shabu set for 3 persons and really enjoyed the meat and the fresh vegetables. The resulting broth at the end...

  • Ryukyu Sabo Ashibiuna
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    4.5
    360 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Shuritounokurachou 2-13
    Ryukyu Sabo Ashibiuna is an Okinawan cuisine restaurant in a traditional Japanese house in Ryukyu architecture built more than 60 years ago. It stands on the site of the Misato Palace in the foothills of Shuri Castle. In the quiet and tasteful restaurant, you can enjoy traditional Okinawan cuisine including Okinawan soba noodles, rafute (stewed pork cubes), nigana (Ixeris dentata) and tofuyo (Okinawan fermented tofu). On veranda seating, you can enjoy your meal while admiring a beautiful meticulously maintained garden.

    With tables and benches in the outdoors surrounding a zen garden, the restaurant is an experience by itself aside from the food. We had the Goat Soup set which is as pungent as expected but otherwise...

  • Okinawa Soba Nakamura Soba
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    4.0
    447 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.

    We popped by this restaurant for lunch on a Friday afternoon in October 2019 as we were on our way to Nago. The restaurant was not fully crowded and seats were available quite shortly, thanks to the...

  • Okinawa Soba Hamaya
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    4.5
    322 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nakagamigunchatanchou Miyagi 2-99
    This 36-year-old Okinawa soba noodle restaurant is a symbol of Okinawa. Their traditional salty soup that uses no soy sauce has the condensed savoriness of pork, chicken and skipjack, and is popular for its unique irresistible flavor. Their “Hamaya soba” with pork cartilage soki boiled until soft and their “Okinawa soba” topped with cartilage soki and boneless rib of pork are especially popular.

    So glad we visited. Its very casual inside - you pay at the vending machine out front and get a ticket - prices are great. The soba was wonderful. The pork is so tender it just melts in your mouth...

  • Mikado
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    4.0
    316 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.

  • Kishimoto Shokudo Yaedake Branch
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    4.0
    295 Reviews
    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).

    If you have gave this place a bad review it’s because your stupid and have no idea what your eating. The deal here is that this place is well over a hundred years old and the recipes haven’t...

  • Kishimoto Cafeteria flagship store
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    4.0
    260 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...

  • Funakura no Sato
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    4.0
    204 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Arakawa 2468-1
    This local restaurant was created by relocating various small and large kominka (old houses) to premises that are over one hectare. It can meet your needs from extravagant multi-course meals in a relaxing space like Yaeyama, to reasonable a la carte dishes and lunch. The restaurant also has a local cuisine building, teahouse, and gallery shop with Okinawan goods.

    The restaurant sits in a culturally decorated site. The atmosphere was luxurious which was partly reflected in the price. Consider coming here for lunch which starts at 11:00. There are two set...

  • Urizun restaurant
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    4.0
    200 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Asato 388-5
    Urizun is a restaurant specializing in Okinawan cuisine that has been operating for over 40 years; it is located around five minutes’ walk from Asato Station on the Okinawa Monorail (Yui Rail) line. Diners can enjoy the restaurant’s famous Kusu (aged Awamori spirit), which has been specially blended by the restaurant owner using Awamori from an old wine store in Shuri, and then left to age for several more years in earthenware jars. Kusu is served directly from the earthenware jars into small wine-cups, to accompany dishes from a comprehensive menu that includes traditional Okinawan home cooking, Palace recipes dating from the time of the Ryukuan kings, and original modern recipes.

    All dishes are small portion to allow one to taste a variety of food that would go well with drinks. One will find many local favors that are quite unique to Okinawa. They speak minimum amount of...

  • Kunatsuyu
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    4.0
    175 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Ishigaki-shi Ishigaki 203
    This restaurant on specializing in Yaeyama soba is located along Prefectural Route 208 in Ishigaki, Ishigaki City. They are popular for their simple Yaeyama soba, which features thick, round wheat noodles served in a soup made from pork bones and skipjack tuna. The only items on the menu are three large, medium, and small Yaeyama soba and two choices of side dish; jushi (Okinawa pilaf) and red rice.

    The restaurant looks a part of local residing house and specializes for Yaeyama noodles. We ordered Yaenaya noodles with Japanese paella. Yaeyama noodles is slightly different from Soki noodles, a...

  • Hanagasa Shokudo
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    3.5
    197 Reviews
    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.

    This local eatery is located in Heiwa Dori market off Kokusai Dori. There are models of food on display outside. Picture menu is also available. A soba (noodle) set meal costs around ¥1000-1100 with...

  • Doraemon Miyako Soba Noodles
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    4.0
    165 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Kumoji 3-2-172F
    Doraemon Miyako Soba Noodles is located on Kokusai-dori Street, and the popular and hearty “Doraemon Soba” contains boned ribs, tebichi (pig’s feet), soki (Okinawan-style stewed pork spare ribs), and kamaboko (boiled fish paste). The boiled fish paste is produced right there on Miyako Island. The noodles are boiled to perfection, and the dried bonito-based soup complements it very well. There are many other dishes available, including Okinawan cuisine such as goya chanpuru.

    I order the miyako soba just dont let the simple looks of the food fool you. The soup is full of flavors, noodles was chewy had a very nice homemade feeling been serve by two friendly おばさん

  • Yanbaru Soba
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    4.5
    146 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...

  • Local cuisine Tenryu
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    4.0
    155 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...

  • Ganso Daito Soba
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    4.0
    138 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 1-4-59
    An Okinawa soba noodle restaurant located a short walk from Miebashi Station on the Okinawa Monorail in Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture. The restaurant's old fashioned, orthodox Okinawa soba noodles are served with toppings like soki stewed spare ribs, san-mai niku stewed boneless rib, and kamaboko steamed fish paste. The restaurant's thick, crimped noodles are homemade; chewy and springy, the go well with the skipjack tuna, pork, and chicken blend broth, delighting the tongue. Besides the Okinawa soba noodles, there's the restaurant's signature daito sushi, which consists of local seafood marinated in a special sauce and served nigiri sushi style. This sushi can be ordered a la carte or as a set with soba noodles.

    Perhaps this is slightly different from traditional Okinawan soki soba noodles since they say it is of Daito-jima island, a small neighbouring island that lies in the east of mainland Okinawa. I...

  • KOURI SHRIMP
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    4.0
    133 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Kunigami-gun Nakijin Mura Kori 436-1
    "This food truck on Okinawa Prefecture's Kouri Island serves original garlic shrimp menus modeled after the shrimp trucks of North Shore on Hawaii's Oahu Island. Each of their four different shrimp plates comes with rice. Customers can also add portion of grilled Onaha beef, a brand-name beef of Okinawa. Another popular offering is their shiri shiri (Okinawan for ""finely cut"") french fries. Customers can order items to go and even enjoy them on the beach."

    This place gets rave reviews for being well seasoned rice and shrimp. The price is quite high for what you get, we paid about ¥1,500 per order. The shrimp is not shelled so it becomes a bit of an...

  • Yagiya
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    4.5
    97 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.

    A little gem we found on TripAdvisor. Off the beaten track in this quaint little Okinawan house. The broth is so flavourful and the noodles are just the right texture. My Daughter has an egg...

  • Kunnatou Mozuku seaweed noodle shop
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    4.5
    95 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Tamagusuku Shikembaru 460-2
    Kunnatou Mozuku seaweed noodle shop is a specialty mozuku seaweed noodle shop on the shore before crossing to Ojima Island located in Shikenbaru Tamagusuku Aza, Nanjo City. It offers mozuku seaweed noodles and mozuku tempura both using Ojima Island produce as well as unlimited fresh mozuku seaweed. It also sells processed products. “Kunnatou set meal” including soba noodles, tempura and vinegared mozuku and mozuku jelly are popular. On the “gajumaru terrace” you can enjoy them while gazing at the sea.

    Simple seaweed food. There is not many options so if you are not particular with the choice this restaurant is just nice. View is nice as it is near a harbour.

  • Takara Shima-oden
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    4.0
    98 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Hirara Nishizato 172
    Takara Shima-oden is an Oden (one-pot winter dish) restaurant located in Izato, Miyako-jima’s entertainment district. Diners can enjoy authentic Okinawan Oden, which includes ingredients such as “Tebichi” (pigs’ feet) boiled slowly over a period of six hours. Takara Shima-oden is a long-established Oden restaurant which has been popular (especially with local people) for over half a century.

    Looks like well known restaurant, the customers keep coming on. Its better to make a reservation as soon as possible. If you took a seat fortunately, you should try to eat Shima Oden. Oden in...

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