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  • Mibaru Beach and Hyakuna Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Tamagusuku Hyakuna
    Mibaru Beach and Hyakuna Beach provide the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of the southern part of Okinawa Island. Mibaru Beach is a gently shelving beach with small waves; visitors can take a boat ride in a glass-bottomed boat from a dock nearby to view the fish. Many people visit Mibaru Beach to enjoy watersports. The nearby Hykuna Beach, which is sandwiched between rocky promontories, is a sacred place where, according to legend, the creator goddess Amamikiyo came ashore from Kudaka Island; this tranquil beach is still revered by local people today. As there are no marine activity facilities here, Hyakuna is much less crowded than Mibaru Beach, making it a great place to relax.
  • Ryukyu Glass Village
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    4.0
    181 Reviews
    Shopping
    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Fukudi 169
    This handmade Ryukyu glass workshop, one of the largest in the prefecture, is located in Itoman City. There, visitors can purchase or even make their own works of Ryukyu glass, one of Okinawa's most notable handicrafts. Visitors can watch glass craftsman create works of Ryukyu glass at the 1,300-degree Celsius kiln located at the center of the workshop. Visitors can try a wide range of glass making experiences such as making accessories or photo frames, which are suitable for all ages, as well as making a one-of-a-kind glass. Some of the workshop's other attractions include a direct sales shop, an outlet shop, and a Ryukyu glass museum that shows off the stunning craftsmanship of Ryukyu glass artisans.

    We toured the glass village and while all of the glass items displayed and for sale were beautiful, unfortunately the furnace used for making things was under construction/repair. A typhoon had...

  • Jack’s Steak House
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Nishi 1-7-3
    Located in Naha City, Jack’s Steak House is a long-established steak restaurant that opened in 1953, not long after the end of the Second World War. It offers delicious, high-quality steak at reasonable prices, and is popular with both tourists and locals. The interior, which is reminiscent of an American diner, still features the “A Sign” permit awarded to the restaurant during the American Occupation.
  • Airport Restaurant
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    4.0
    990 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).

    Good food and a pleasant atmosphere. Took points off mostly because it’s definitely ‘airport food’ and under seasoned.

  • Hamabe no chaya
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    4.0
    201 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Tamagusuku Tamagusuku 2-1
    Hamabe no chaya (“Seaside Tea-house”) is a café located in Nanjo City. As the name suggests, the cafe is situated right on the coast, with large windows that afford a great view of the ocean; a lot of diners choose to eat at the counter by the window for this reason. The food menu features dishes that make use of locally-sourced ingredients produced in Nanjo; beverage options include Okinawan herbal tea and original-blend coffee.

    The family owns a few forest cottages a few restaurant and a park and it’s kind of a small family resort. I rented their tree home and was able to just walk here for lunch one day . It’s fantastic to...

  • Sakurazaka g
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 3-9-272F
    This club as has been a favorite of local people since it first opened more than ten years ago. Patrons feel as if they're in an intimate hideaway as they enjoy a playlist centered on techno and the performances of the DJs. The bar serves not only conventional cocktails but also alcoholic beverages typical of Kyushu and Okinawa, such as awamori (distilled rice liquor) and imo-jochu (distilled sweet potato liquor).
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    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 1-20-13 SO Makishi Building 4F
    This music bar is proud of its fine sound system, and people of every nationality, age, and type come here to enjoy music. There is a permanent DJ booth in the bar, which holds DJ performances and live music events on weekends.
  • Club Clutch
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Asato 1-1-60
    This club's playlists emphasize hip hop, reggae, and R&B, and it is popular with patrons of every nationality. Weekends feature live performances by DJs and dancers, and discounts on drinks, and frequent events, such as Ladies' Day attract a large and lively crowd.
  • Handmade pottery studio Nchazeku
    Shopping
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Tsuboya 1
    This pottery studio is on Tsuboya-Yachimun-dori Street in Tsuboya, Naha and serves to showcase the products of the “Minduma Pottery Workshop” located in Nanjo City. The name “Nchazeku” means “clay work” in the Okinawan dialect. The shop offers small bowls, cups, rice bowls, teapots, and various other daily items, as well as flower vases, Tsuboya-ware, Okinawan lion statues, ceramic dolls, and many other ceramic works.
  • Suimui Utaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Shurikinjouchou 1-2 (within Shuri Castle Park)
    This place of worship is situated in front of the walls of Shuri Castle, and is one of 10 sacred sites within the castle. Existing since before the castle was erected, this holy site is said to have been around since the creation of the Ryukyu Kingdom, and its long history is evident in the several poems about Suimui Utaki present in the Omoro Soshi, the oldest compilation of Ryukyuan songs. The current structure was restored in December of 1997.
  • 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.
  • Naha City Traditional Arts & Craft Center Shop
    Shopping
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 3-2-10 Sturgeon Naha 2F
    On the second floor of the “Naha City Culture Tenbusu Building (Tenbusu Naha),” a facilities complex dedicated to spreading Okinawan culture, is the Naha City Traditional Arts & Craft Center, which houses a boutique designated by the Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry as being dedicated exclusively to traditional Okinawan crafts. From Bingata-dyed crafts to Ryukyuan lacquerware, Ryukyuan glass, Tsuboya ware, and much more, you’ll find a plethora of traditional handicrafts here.
  • Flame of Peace
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Mabuni 444 - (Inside the Peace Memorial Park)
    In the central plaza of Peace Memorial Park, located in Itoman City of Okinawa Prefecture, is the “Fire of Peace.” This fire was created by combining fire from Zamami Village on Aka Island, where American forces landed during the Battle of Okinawa, with fire from Hiroshima’s “Peace Flame” and Nagasaki’s “Flame of Commitment.” The original flame has been burning since 1991, and this particular flame was lit on June 23, 1995 on Okinawa Memorial Day.
  • Cape Chinen Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Chinen Kudeken
    This park is in Cape Chinen near Sefa-utaki of Nanjo City, Okinawa Prefecture. Surrounded on three sides by the cobalt blue sea, you can enjoy a stunning view of the vast watery expanse. There’s a gazebo and walking path, not to mention a pleasant sea breeze. And don’t miss the fantastic views of nearby Mt. Kudaka and Komaka Island.
  • Vita Smoothies
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 2-17-17 Maki building 1F
    This smoothie shop is near Miebashi Station. The smoothies are made mostly from fruits and vegetables grown in Okinawa Prefecture, and in addition to the standard menu, limited-time smoothies using seasonal ingredients are available as well. You can even combine various tastes to make your very own drink by taking advantage of the “My Choice Smoothie” option.

    They have so many options that it takes time to pick the one. I found one very sour and bitter with bitterlemon. And it was so gooooood!

  • atelier + shop COCOCO
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    5.0
    2 Reviews
    Style / Fashion
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Tamagusuku Touyama 124
    This shop is located in Tamagusuku in Nanjo City. The shop displays and sells crafts that combine Bingata dyeing and pottery as well as other miscellaneous goods. It also operates a cafe on certain days of the week. There is a large garden as well, from which you can catch a glimpse of the craftsman at the adjoining workshop hard at work. The shop also offers pottery classes (reservations required) where you can create your own original Shisa (Okinawan lion), cup, and other items.

    入り口からワクワクする、陶器と雑貨のお店で週末はプチカフェも! わたしは、陶芸の体験でお邪魔してカップを作りました。 届くのが楽しみです

  • tui tree
    Style / Fashion
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 1-3-21
    This shop is one street behind Kokusai-dori Street on Paradise Street. It offers various import goods from Asia and Europe as well as organic food products. Among the handicrafts and such available are Ryukyuan glass and Ryukyuan papier-mache items made by craftsmen living in Okinawa. It also offers tea, jams, and other products made with ingredients produced via natural Okinawan farming methods, which are popular as souvenirs.
  • Cafe Yabusachi
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    4.5
    88 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Tamagusuku Hyakuna 646-1
    This cafe is situated right next to the popular and gorgeous natural Hyakuna Beach. Based on the theme of nature, culture, and health, the menu features items inspired by French and Italian cuisine. The daily lunch set is a popular choice, and dishes such as pasta and rice omelets are available as well. The parfait featuring seasonal fruits is recommended as well. You can even take advantage of the excellent location by booking it for a wedding ceremony.

    This is my favorite cafe in Okinawa. The view is absolutely amazing! The food is delicious too! The owner (Naoki Oshiro-san) is very friendly and a nice guy to talk to.

  • Kamany
    Shopping
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Tsuboya 1-22-37
    Located on Tsuboya Yachimun Street, this boutique that specializes in Tsuboya ware made by the “Ikutoen” pottery, which boasts a history of nearly 300 years. You’ll find products that blend traditional Tsuboya ware techniques with modern utility to color your lifestyle. You’ll find the main branch of the Ikutoen pottery along the same street.
  • tituti OKINAWAN CRAFT
    Shopping
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 2-23-6
    This craft shop is managed by the Okinawan arts and crafts brand “tituti.” It is situated between Miebashi and Makishi Stations along the Okinawa Monorail. The on-site artisans, who specialties include pottery, Bingata dyeing, textiles, and woodworking, craft items using traditional methods that are suitable for modern lifestyles. The brand name is Okinawan dialect for “hand in hand,” which refers to the link between the craftsman and the consumer.

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