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Naha City


Among the major attractions in Naha City are Kokusai Street, Shurijo Castle and its vicinity, and the Shintoshin district with large shopping malls and a variety of eating establishments.

Kokusai Street, running from the Kencho-mae intersection to the Asato intersection, is lined with a number of eateries and souvenir shops. When tourists come to Okinawa, they almost always make a visit to this vibrant, 1.6-kilometer-long street. The little streets running off Kokusai each have their own particular charm. On Tsuboya Yachimun Street, which prospered as the center of pottery production in the old days, are numerous cafés and pottery and craft shops. Sakurazaka Street offers unique bars and traditional-style drinking establishments, while Ukishima Street is dotted with popular shops and eateries frequented by young trendies. Ichigin Street is a nightlife spot with many izakaya and eateries. The Kumoji area near the Prefectural Office is a popular after-work stop for locals where numerous classic bars, izakaya and restaurants are located. Known as Naha’s nightlife center, Matsuyama is full of bars and drinking establishments where you can enjoy friendly conversation with female staff at the counter.

Please be advised smoking is not allowed on Kokusai Street.





Kainan and Makishi Public Market

Known as Naha’s kitchen, the Makishi Public Market is home to a great many shops, selling fresh vibrantly colored fish and seafood, and pork belly, which is integral to Okinawan home cooking, as well as pig’s feet, pig’s face, dried food and vegetables. You can pick out your favorite fish to be cooked at eateries on the second floor for an extra fee.




Sakurazaka Street is located between Kokusai and Heiwa streets. The Sakurazaka area was one of Naha’s most lively nightlife entertainment districts, with hundreds of bars and cabarets jostling for space when Okinawa was still under U.S. administration. After the reversion of Okinawa to Japan, the entertainment center shifted to Wakasa, and Sakurazaka very quickly became a ghost town. In the past decade, with an increasing number of hostels and lodging for long-term stays, unique eateries and hidden restaurants popular with the younger crowd, the area is gradually being rejuvenated.




A famous red-light district before the war, Tsuji was destroyed by fire in the Battle of Okinawa. In the postwar era, the area was designated as off-limits by the U.S. military. After the order was finally lifted, the area turned into a large entertainment district frequented by U.S. military personnel. After reaching its peak during the Vietnam War, Tsuji again became obsolete with the reversion of Okinawa to Japan. Today, many restaurants and steakhouses that have been in business since Okinawa was under U.S. administration are attracting a great deal of attention from tourists.



Kokusai Street is home to a number of restaurants, including some Ryukyuan cuisine restaurants where you can enjoy traditional dance performances while you dine, as well as steakhouses, izakaya, fancy eateries, nightclubs and bars.


Tsuboya Yachimun Street: You can enjoy pottery and craft shopping or relaxing at one of the cozy cafés.

Makishi Public Market: Pick out your favorite seafood on the first floor and have it cooked however you like upstairs.

Sakurazaka Street: The street is full of late night bars and old-style drinking establishments.

Ukishima Street: This is a popular destination for young people to shop for clothes, food and drink.

Ichigin Street: A lot of izakaya and restaurants line the street.

Kumoji: Classic bars and izakaya and restaurants are found here.

Matsuyama: This is Naha’s nightlife center with numerous drinking establishments of various types.

Tsuji: Once an entertainment district serving U.S. military personnel, the area is famous for its long-established restaurants, steakhouses and izakaya.




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