May 15, 2017
Follow the Expert! Top 5 shopping spots in Okinawa
You may think Okinawa is the place only for beautiful beaches and nice local cafes, not for shopping. However, there are still some nice shops worth you drop by. We have a range of shops recommended to accommodate everyone, range from shops selling local produce to duty free shops selling international branded products!
Market Kariyushi City
Address:875-1 Azatakahira Osato, Nanjo-shi, Okinawa prefecture
Trading hours: 8:00～19:00
The first stop is the local farm produce shop on the Okinawa prefecture route no. 48 towards Tama-gusuku from Naha. There are many fresh local produce, such as Citrus depressa (a type of native lemon in Okinawa), dragon fruits and pineapple. Especially during June and August, when Mango is in season, the price they sold here is usually less than half of the price sold in the airport. Okinawa is like a tropical fruit heaven, fruits lovers must not miss out those delicious fruits!
Address: 〒901-0152 Okinawa-ken, Naha-shi, Oroku, 5 Chome−13−７
Trading hours: 9:00～20:00
Closed: Sunday, New Year’s day and Golden Week
This famous local cake shop become well-known through word-of-mouth.
It is located close to Oroku Hospital and out of all different types of bread they have, such as Colon bread, caramel scones, their top seller is the apple pie.
Crunchy sweet pie crust with delicious creamy apple filled inside and the balanced sweetness is definitely much tastier to those frozen ones you brought from the supermarket. Plus it is only 700 yen for its size, it is surely a bargain! Don’t forget to take one with you back to the hotel and share with your friends, I assure you everyone will be wanting the second piece after the first one.
Mihara grocery store
Address: 〒905-2264 Okinawa-ken, Nago-shi, Mihara, 250
Trading hours: 7:00～21:00
It is a local grocery store located near Kanucha Resort. Apart from normal grocery, they also have ‘sea grapes’ (a type of seaweed), caught from the ocean in the nearby village. Their best seller is probably the 100 yen Okinawa Soba (noddle) with all ingredients topped in a cup and you just need to self-add the soup in the cup to reheat it. It may not seem luxurious but it is nice to have a cup of noodle soup after a long drive isn’t it? You can also chill on an Okinawa style bench outside the shop.
Okinawa Outlet Mall Ashibinaa
Address: 〒901-0225 Okinawa-ken, Tomigusuku-shi, Toyosaki, 1-188
Trading hours: 10:00～20:00
Okinawa Outlet mall is located in Toyosaki, which is south of Naha. There is around more than 100 brands, such as Coach or Gucci in the mall and is also popular for Japanese locals. You may find the products sold here are mainly suitable for the weather in Okinawa. However, you may find more bargains here compare to big cities, such as Osaka and Tokyo. Don’t forget to show the information couter your coupon if you are flying with JAL to exchange discount coupon.
T Galleria by DFS Okinawa
Address: 〒900-0006 Okinawa-ken, Naha-shi, Omoromachi, 4 Chome−１
Trading hours: Mon-Thu & Sun 9:00~21:00, Fri &Sat 9:00~22:00
The only one floor duty free shop in Japan.
They have well-known brands, such as FENDI、EMPORIO ARMANI、CHANEL、HERMÈS、SK-II and other branded shops. It is probably a good idea to come branded goods here as you can can get it with tax-free price. However, if your are not a big fan of branded goods, it would be a good idea to hang around here in rainy days and just enjoy the luxury atmosphere of the building. There are also restaurants on the top floor for those who need to rest after a full day of shopping.
Recommended stays for DIY experiences
Hand-made salt experience near the Fukugi tree tunnel
This hidden guest house is located in Koishima, also known as Kouri island with limited number of rooms. From here you get to see the Kouri bridge and the ocean. It is a traditional Okinawa house with red rooftop and you get to enjoy the blue sky and the beautiful nature surrounding it.
Recommended stays for DIY experiences
freshly squeezed juice, hand-made candles and many more!Guest house Miel
It is a quiet guest house surrounded with beautiful mountains and ocean. They only just opened an outdoor garden in March with various type of flowers. Guests staying can enjoy the beautiful house with different flower blooming all year round.
＜The main crops and activity options＞
Hand pick Citrus depressa, juice making, Sata Andagi (Okinawa doughnut) making, snorkeling and sea glass making