Kyushu/Okinawa

Course savoring gourmets/shopping/sunset in Naha and the west coast area!

In Naha-shi having Naha International Airport and embarkation port for a cruise, there are Kokusai-dori (International Street), a public market, etc. which are popular to tourists. The city is full of high spots such as restaurants, stores, interactive facilities, etc.
This recommended course includes the American Village replicating a townscape of the West Coast of the United States. The village is a little away to the north from Naha-shi, and there you can see the beautiful sunset.

Course savoring gourmets/shopping/sunset in Naha and the west coast area!

Complete Process :Two nights and three days
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inn Lodging at hotels in Mihama District, Chatan-cho
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* Rented car shall be returned at service office nearby the airport.

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Naha Airport

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Introduction to Spots
Naha Airport
Kokusai-dori (International Street)
The Kokusai-dori (International Street) called “the miracle one-mile” with the whole length of about 1.6km is a shopping street becoming a symbol of Okinawa. Okinawa made a remarkable comeback from the destroyed land by fire due to the World War II. Currently, this street is one of major sightseeing areas of Okinawa gathering many tourists. The street is lined with a number of stores including duty-free shops and restaurants where you can enjoy Ishigaki-gyu (beef) and Aguu-buta (pork).
Makishi Kosetsu Ichiba (Public Market)
After the Okinawa war in the World War II, the old town of Okinawa was requisitioned by the US army. This market was established by the Naha city administration as a countermeasure against a black market dealing with smuggled goods initiated in this area of Naha-shi.
In these days, a few minutes’ walk through the arcade over the Ichiba Hondori (market main street) located in the central part of the Kokusai-dori will lead you to the Daiichi (the first) Makishi Kousetsu Ichiba which is busy and prosperous every day with a great many tourists other than residents. The ground floor is for stores of fresh beef, fish and vegetables, and the 2nd floor is for restaurants where you can taste sea food using fresh fish you bought in the ground floor.
・Location: 2-10-1 Matsuo, Naha City
・TEL: O98-862-9989
・Opening Times: 8:00 - 20:00
Naha-shi Dento Kogeikan (Traditional Artifice Museum)
The Naha-shi Kogeikan is a museum where Naha’s traditional crafts such as “Ryukyu Bingata (textile dyeing),” “Tsuboya-yaki (ceramics),” “Ryukyu Glass,” “Shuri-ori (textile fabrics)” and “Ryukyu Shikki (lacquerware)” are lined up. These traditional crafts were born from nature and climate of Okinawa, and consummated through interaction with foreign countries and its own dynastic culture. There is a special exhibit room where excellent pieces of traditional crafts are displayed, a sales corner which has a large assortment of high quality crafts that can be acceptable gifts to everyone as mementos, and an experience-based craft center where visitors can make their own original works.
・Naha City Traditional Art Museum Official HP: http://www.kogeikan.jp/
・Location: Tenbusu Naha 2F, 3-2-10 Makishi, Naha City
・TEL: 098-868-7866
・Opening Times: 9.00 - 18:00
・Holidays: December 31 - January 2 (3 days)
Tsuboya Yachimun-dori (Tsuboya Yachimun Street)
Yachimun means ceramics in regional dialect of Okinawa. This area is one of major ceramics towns in Okinawa and the Yachimun-dori is lined with buildings of Tsuboya Yakimono Hakubutsukan (pottery museum), studios (potteries), Yachimun shops and restaurants where food is served on the Yachimun ceramics. The stone pavement path emanates an erstwhile atmosphere. Some shops deal with not only traditional ceramics like Shiisa (lion-shaped roof ornament), but also tableware arranged modernly, to make the Yachimun-dori a popular street for young women. There are studios where visitors can experience the ceramics making, and they attract children’s attention.
Periphery of Sakurazaka (Sloping Road)
This is a road with a markedly international character thriving with tourists. The east area interleaving from the Heiwa-dori (street) leading the Kosetsu Ichiba over the Kibogaoka Koen (park) is called “Sakurazaka,” which once gained prominence as a busting area in Okinawa which was well-known to those appreciate its attractions. In the periphery of the movie theater “Sakurazaka Theater,” a landmark of Sakurazaka, stylish and unique bars are spotted. Going down the slope, you can reach an attractive area of mazes with neon signs, which is an exotic spot where the atmospheres of the good and old days of Okinawa and those of the modern Okinawa are mixed.
・Makishi, Naha-shi
Hotels in the City
T-galleria Okinawa
It means a group of roadside duty-free shops capable of purchasing brand items without showing a passport at duty-free prices. The world top-brand more than 130 items of fashion, jewelries, wrist watches, cosmetics, etc. can be seen in the shops. Here, at the lodgment of the travel, you can buy Okinawa’s exclusive souvenirs and use services of car-rental, baggage room and the like. T-galleria Okinawa is in the new urban area of Naha-shi where a large shopping center, Okinawa Kenritsu Hakubutsukan (Prefectural Museum) and Bijyutsukan (Art Museum), stylish restaurants and beyond exist, and is adjacent to Omoromachi Station of about 20 minutes from the Naha Airport by Yui Railway.
・T-galleria Okinawa Official HP: https://www.com/jp/tgalleria-okinawa
・Location: 4-1 Omoromachi, Naha City
・TEL: 0120-782-460
・Opening Times: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:00am - 10:00pm
*Vary according to seasons and shops
Minatogawa States Side Town (Former Foreigners’ Residential Street)
In the American administrative period after the World War II, Americans had once lived in this area. At present, those houses were reformed to be utilized as shops, for such as café, restaurants and general goods. This area containing about 20 - 30 shops are called “Minatogawa States Side Town” and it has become a well-known spot for travelers. Please be care not to park on the streets which are very narrow or park in other shop’s parking area. It is better to use a toll parking lot.
American Village
It takes about 40 minutes by car from the Naha Airport. A big Ferris wheel located in the middle part of Okinawa Main Island is a land mark of this urban resort shopping area. Replicating a townscape of the West Coast of the United States, there are hotels and commercial facilities in a huge tract of area containable about 5 units of the Tokyo Dome. These facilities face beautiful beaches where you can see the sunset scene. In American Village, you can enjoy meals, shopping, movies and so on. Street performances sometimes are seen, and it is an area filled with entertainments performed all day and all night.
Hotels in Mihama District, Chatan-cho
Araha Beach
A straight lined beach of white sand with whole length of 600m. Along this beach, there is the Araha Park where tourists and the local people can play in a basket court and a full-scale model of a British-style sail boat, and rest in a small arbor. A large lawn area and natural trails are comfortable for families accompanying young children. As Araha Beach is located along the west coast of Okinawa, you can see the beautiful sunset scene. You can drop in at this area because this beach is close to the national road.
・Swimming Period: from middle of April to the end of October
・Swimming Times: 9:00 -18:00
・Location: 2-21 Chatan, Chatan-cho
Sunset Beach
As one of the foremost sunset spots in Okinawa, this beach will provide the attractive sunset scene for you. In this beach, many people enjoy landscape rather than swimming. It is located near the “American Village,” a popular shopping area in Chatan-cho, and you can enjoy this beach after shopping. Since the U.S. base is close to, many Americans come here as sea bathers. Such a view may not be a typical Japanese scene.
・Swimming Period: from April 1 to the end of October
・Swimming Times: change according to seasons and months
・Location: 2 Mihama, Chatan-cho
Ashibina (Outlet Mall)
This outlet mall at the southernmost tip of Japan is located in the convenient site within 15 minutes from Naha Airport by car, and provides you with pleasure of shopping and eating even in a short time during the Okinawan sightseeing or waiting time for going on board. You can select well-known Japanese and foreign brand items among a variety of goods in shops of more than 100 including many duty-free shops. Of course, here you can buy fashion items, home electrical appliances, sundry goods and Okinawan souvenirs. Everyone, many couples and families, from adults to children can enjoy all day long.
・Ashibina Official HP: http://www.ashibinaa.com/
・Location: Toyosaki, Tomigusuku-shi
・TEL: 098-891-6000
・Opening Times: 10:00 - 20:00
・Holidays: Always open