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Hyakuna Garan Kanro Restaurant

Kaiseki lunch course at the Hyakuna Garan Kanro Restaurant Seasonal-local vegetables with dragon fruits dressing on a classical French plate Exquisite Japanese tableware showcasing the sashimi topped with flower The Kaiseki menu exquisitely hand written in Japanese script Herb-flavored grilled Okinawan chicken Stunning views of the Pacific Ocean I wonder what Hiromi’s grandmother would have […]

Vegetarian Cafe Choukrane

Welcome to Choukrane! Vegetarian Cafe Choukrane Curry with side dish platter. So many desserts! Gateau chocolate cake Choukrane also sells teas and snacks. Welcome to Choukrane! Last month when I visited my relatives in Itoman City. I had a dining adventure with them at Vegetarian Café Choukrane. I came across it online right before my […]

Kunigami Inobuta

Kunigami Inobuta is a small shokudou located inside the Oku Yanbaru no Sato recreation center building just off of Route 58 when entering Oku Wild pig used in the dishes seemed similar to regular pork but seemed just a bit tougher This sign simply reads “shokudou” across the top and “restaurant” on the bottom A […]

La Mer Bakery and Cafe

La Mer Bakery and Cafe is in a surprisingly out of the way location but is a great spot to get deliciously rich cakes and eat it too Like other nearby bakeries in the area, grab a tray and start choosing your selections There's a little bit of every type of baked good at La […]

LaLa Zorba

Dishes are inspired by various countries across the Asian continent Colorful and healthy spring rolls One of the parfaits on offer Dishes are inspired by various countries across the Asian continent (Photo: LaLa Zorba – Used with Permission) Naha's Kokusai Dori is a famous shopping street which is well worth a visit — it's packed […]

Made in Okinawa

Refreshing shikuwasa Goodies from Okinawa Chinsuko, Okinawan shortbread Refreshing shikuwasa Sometimes, when travel is not possible (crossing prefectures is still strongly discouraged at the moment), local food can manage to transport you there somehow. My spouse went to Okinawa for work and because we couldn't tag along, he brought back some distinctly Okinawan flavors for […]

Mahou Coffee at Tsuboya

The rows of second hand Japanese novels and English books sitting neatly on the rich brown shelves and the old antique clock really slows you down to a tranquil moment that is truly me time. Could this be the best coffee house in Okinawa, if not all of Japan? A divine coffee What is it […]

Make Man for Home, Sports and Autos

Make Man’s stores can be easily identified by the monkey on its signs What would a home improvement center be without a large selection of nails? Make Man has a large selection of interior and exterior paints in dozens and dozens of different colors Perhaps you might be interested in bringing a bidet toilet seat […]

Makishi Public Market

Fresh fish on ice Rows of stores beckon on the first level of the Makishi Public Market Live crabs and lobsters in tanks More seafood! Restaurants and eateries on the second level Menus with photos to wet your appetite A good place to sample some traditional Okinawan delicacies is the Makishi Public Market. A small, […]

Mangasouko

Mangasouko has two locations in Okinawa and another 23 in mainland Japan There's a maze of arcade games at the entrance Colorful decorations and fixtures dot the landscape on the interior of Mangasouko Throughout the store there are a couple dozen skill crane games Most of the center of the store is devoted to apparel […]

Marugame Seimen

Marugame Seimen is a chain of cafeteria style udon and tempura restaurants where diners can see the entire process of preparation from basic ingredients to preparation to display The menu board and display placards are strictly in Japanese, but there is a laminated flyer available that shows all offerings with descriptions in English and Korean […]

Misato Soba

Misato Soba is on a side street off of Route 75 but well worth the search Simple but beautiful Okinawan decor Pork rib soba or soki soba Three stripe pork soba or sanmai niku soba Jyushi rice Yomogi in Japanese but known as fuuchiba in the Okinawan language; bitter leaves believed to help with sickness […]

Mister Donut

There are 26 Mister Donut locations on Okinawa Island, another 24 on outlying islands in the prefecture, and more than 1,300 more in mainland Japan Ponde rings, like the chocolate covered cake donut shown here, is Mister Donut's most popular product Mister Donut serves coffee made from beans that are Rain Forest Certified, from producers […]

Miyako Airport

Recently, Miyakojima in Okinawa was named as one of TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice award winners in the emerging destinations category, and you may be wondering about the best way to get there when travel resumes. The island has its own dedicated airport with routes via JAL Airlines to Naha, Tokyo (Haneda), Ishigaki, and Tarama, and via […]

Mos Burger Okinawa City

Nothing like a cold drink on a hot Okinawan day Me time at MOS Burger The green salad with a Japanese soy and sesame seed wafu style dressing. The combination of ginger, rice vinegar and soy brings the salad to life. Why do Japanese people love corn soup so much? Is it because its similarity to Chinese […]

Naha Airport Restaurant

With American and Okinawan influences, Goya Champuru is a potpourri of flavors Okinawa Soba is a popular dish Goya Champuru is Okinawan comfort food Starving after a long flight into Naha Airport, I asked the Information Counter receptionist at the arrivals floor for the best place to go for Okinawan cuisine. When she wrote in […]

Naha Airport Restaurant

With American and Okinawan influences, Goya Champuru is a potpourri of flavors Okinawa Soba is a popular dish Goya Champuru is Okinawan comfort food Starving after a long flight into Naha Airport, I asked the Information Counter receptionist at the arrivals floor for the best place to go for Okinawan cuisine. When she wrote in […]

Naha Airport

Naha Airport There are plenty of restaurants and retail stores inside Both domestic and international routes operate through this airport Naha Airport (Photo: 663 highland / CC BY SA 3.0) Okinawa is a popular destination for travelers, and because of that, Naha Airport takes the title of Japan's 7th busiest airport. The airport operates domestic […]

Naha’s Covered Shopping Arcades

There are lots of colorful shirts and dresses for sale These colorful lion figures make good souvenirs Some stores also sell more traditional souvenirs and craft goods These lion goodies are filled with various flavors of cream Pick up some cookies for friends and family Shisa lions come in an endless variety of shapes and […]

Shopping at T Galleria, Naha

The interior is striking but elegant The stone foundation reminds of a Japanese castle Even if you visit in October they're getting ready for Christmas The novel fountain in the lobby The design here is one of understated chic Even the rest areas are classy The interior is striking but elegant Much of the shopping […]

Ramayana Stores in Naha

A mural on the outside of the main store, near the Loisir Hotel Cushions and mirrors for sale There's not much for your home that they don't have Rails and rails of curtains in the main store They also sell clothing such as dresses, sarongs, and these hats There are plenty of ornaments for sale […]

The Ferry to Zamami

You’ll pass plenty of islets like this Ready to board in Naha ferryport Farewell Naha The view back towards the mainland Hello open sea Enjoying the ocean air You’ll see some other distant boats Looks like sunbathing isn’t allowed on deck Coming into the Kerama island chain Every view is like a travel poster The […]

Nitori

Nitori is like a Japanese Bed, Bath and Beyond or a Linen-n-Things store, but also has a complete furniture store inside of it Nitori has rows and rows of Japanese styled kitchenware that will allow any visitor to assemble his own sushi or laquerware set at a much better price and selection that those sold […]

Oblee

Oblee is a shortened adaptation of the chain's two other restaurants named Obbligato Oblee's intimate four chair bar seating The enchilada plate is a bit spicy and comes with three enchiladas topped with lettuce, refried beans, and Mexican rice Oblee is a shortened adaptation of the chain's two other restaurants named Obbligato Outside of the […]

Ocean’s Pizza

Ocean's Pizza is under the same ownership as the Pizza In restaurant in Chatan There's about a dozen seats on the wooden deck that overlook the East China Sea Look for this sign once leaving the parking lot More signs to let you know where you are at – Ocean's Pizza Pay at the front […]

Okinawa Cooking at Yonner Food (Part 1)

The goya in goya champuru contains large amounts of vitamin C Even pork meat is healthy when cooked the proper way Hibiscus tea is medicine in Okinawa The goya in goya champuru contains large amounts of vitamin C (Photo: Bonson Lam) “You are what you eat”, the proverbial saying is taken very seriously in Okinawa. […]

Okinawa Longevity Cuisine

Lunch plate at Cafe Koko Food platters, a healthy spread in Okinawa Bento Okinawa style It has been said that food is the soul of a country. This couldn’t be truer for Okinawa. A mix of favorable natural conditions and diverse foreign influences produced unique eating habits and a cooking style that is now known […]

Okinawa Odyssey

Slow food in Okinawa Okinawa Cooking Class in a home kitchen Makishi Markets – the start of the paddock to plate food tour and cooking class Nakijin Castle Ruins Okinawa Peace Museum Walk the hand dug tunnels of World War 2 Okinawa is a kaleidoscope of colours, from the aquamarine seas to the vivid reds […]

Okinawa Pottery Street

Guma Guwa specialises in contemporary glassware and ceramics Enter the old coffee house door to Utsuwa pottery store These stores are the preserve of nationally recognised craftsmen and up and coming artists alike From vessels for carrying Awamori to plates that would grace any table, there is something for everyone Delightful bowls from just 540 […]

Okinawa Cooking at Yonner Food (Part 2)

Kazumi explains the recipe in Japanese but we can read along the English print version How to cook pork meat healthily Watching Kazumi as she prepares the soup stock Kazumi explains the cutting technique Chopping away Presentation details matter too Kazumi explains the recipe in Japanese but we can read along the English print version […]

Orion Brewery Tour Nago City

A village store with Shaved Ice Candy and Beer at the Orion Brewery Factory Tour and Happy Park Okinawa Parking is available on site at the Orion Brewery Factory Tour and Happy Park Okinawa It is easy to shout your friends a beer or two with great value prices at the Orion Brewery Factory Tour […]

Oshiro’s Soba Shack at Aharen Beach

Okinawa Soba is a staple in many small and large restaurants in this chain of islands The kind grandmother that took me in at the Okinawa Soba Shop in Aharen Beach Tokashiki Island Okinawa Luscious Pork Soba at the Okinawa Soba Shop in Aharen Beach Tokashiki Island Okinawa When I was eight years old my […]

Outlet Mall Ashibina

romanic “Winter Elegance” brand-new alley of bran-new shops for family with kids customers enjoy the winter wardrobe on sale handsome display welcomes the shoppers treat yourself with luxury items romanic “Winter Elegance” (Photo: nariko oshiro) Christmas is around the corner, so is another New Year. December gets hectic because there is lots to be done […]

Painushima Ishigaki Airport

A sign welcomes visitors to Painushima Ishigaki Airport The airport offers excellent dining and shopping facilities for such a small terminal A favorite meeting spot is the aquarium, immediately outside of baggage claim In many locations around the world, an airport is no more than a place of transit. It's somewhere you try to get in […]

Partnership Shop and Cafe

Partnership Shop and Cafe is located on the left once entering Southeast Botanical Gardens Find the very popular “Uminchu” shirts inside the gift shop; Uminchu is fisherman in the Ryukyuan language There's a nice little selection of shisha dogs and Ryukyuan stained glass inside Partnerhip Shop and Cafe The gift shop check out register Chibana […]

Pizza House Jr. Uruma City

Dreaded mall food is actually pretty good when selecting Pizza House Jr. Pizza House Jr. is located in a food court so there is plenty of seating The lasagna and garlic bread set sprinkled liberally with parmesan cheese The hamburger steak set is available with a choice of marinara meat sauce (shown here) or with […]

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