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Places to get information and travel tips

Visitors to Okinawa will find it easy to get around the central part of the island with its many signs in English due to the presence of U.S. military bases there but could have more difficulty in Naha, where Japanese signage is common. If you’re looking for information and advice on some of the best spots and hidden adventures that the capital city and its environs have to offer, we recommend you try hanging out at places like these.

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DOJO Bar, a unique and intriguing karate-themed bar that opened in Naha two years ago, is where the local karate community and karate trainees from around the world come together and experience a true mix of cultures. This is also a perfect meeting place for international karate enthusiasts visiting Okinawa. The bar offers a wide variety of drinks, delicious food and genuine hospitality.

Dojo Bar
101 Asato, Naha City
Tel: 098-911-3601

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A seating area set in a “tree trunk” gives you some privacy.

Masuhara Kazuaki, a certified wine sommelier, is the owner of the bar.

Located on Ukishima St., the popular backstreet with many second-hand clothing stores, cafés and bars, this bar and lounge is a gathering spot for locals and visitors to Okinawa. The interior resembles a forest with its mock tree trunks, and their extensive selection of wines and other drinks from the bar are quite appealing to customers. The hospitable owner makes everyone feel at home.

Bar Baobab
2-12-7 Matsuo, Naha City
Tel: 098-862-5757

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Paul, the owner of the bar, is a longtime resident of the island and can give you first-hand tips on some of the best places to go during your stay in Okinawa.

The one and only Canadian pub in Okinawa, offering a taste of Canada to both an international and a local crowd. Boasting a large selection of beer and the popular Canadian dish poutine, they offer a friendly and laidback atmosphere for all guests. The owner is a veteran of the island and will make you feel at home after playing a game or two on his handmade shuffleboard.

Eager Beaver
3-19-21 Makishi, Naha City
Tel: 098-988-3838

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Rehab is a bar and lounge situated in the middle of the busy Kokusai St., which attracts a large international crowd that includes tourists, expats and military personnel as well as locals. Their décor and ambiance will let you chill out and strike up a conversation with some new faces. Stop by one of their events, like the 2 for 1 Tuesday and Monday movie nights. The friendly owner, Paul, can give you tips on some of the best ways to enjoy island life, from camping to kayaking and more.

Rehab
3A Kakazu Bldg., 2-4-14, Makishi, Naha City
Tel: 098-864-0646

 Photo by G. Ken


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