Okinawa Shopping Guide

Get the most out of your stay on Okinawa! Read our Okinawa shopping guide and find out the best places to shop for everything you could possibly need.

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Photo credit: Sho via flickr cc

Okinawa is Japan’s southern island paradise for more than just one reason. Yes, the weather is wonderful, the nature is breathtaking and there’s a whole host of luxury resorts to stay at which provide guests with the opportunity to scuba dive in the crystal clear waters or take it easy on their own private beach. Not only this, and perhaps surprisingly, Okinawa is also a paradise for shoppers. 

With its unique cultural mix, shopping in Okinawa is a mixed bag. The islands are home to mega-malls, quaint shopping streets and markets of all kinds. Whatever you want, Okinawa shopping will provide. However, finding the best spots to shop in Okinawa isn’t always easy, so that’s where our guide comes in. 

How to get to Okinawa? Check out our article in the main airport in Naha.

If you want to know more about Okinawa in general, where to stay and which restaurants to visit, check our site for all the info you need.

Shopping in Okinawa

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Photo credit: Okinawa Steve via flickr cc

What is unique about the shopping experience in Okinawa is the mix of American, Chinese, Japanese and Okinawan influences that give it its flavour.

Malls are one of the most popular spots to go shopping or to hang out with friends and family. They are usually quite large, with various shops, restaurants, cafés and other services within. Also popular are Okinawa’s shotengai; shopping streets that provide everything from fresh produce, herbs and spices to pastries, traditional craft items and more. Not to be missed either are the village centres and streets that are packed full with shops and restaurants. Famous examples include Naha’s Kokusai Dori (国際通り ‘International Street’) and the American Village. 

Have a look at some of the locations, malls and shops we recommend and get spending!

Okinawa Malls

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Supremely popular for providing a great mix of shops and restaurants, Okinawa’s malls are numerous and quite large in size. The most famous chain of malls is AEON Mall, that are found all over Japan. There are also several smaller or specialised malls, like the T Galleria Okinawa, which caters to international luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Montblanc and BVLGARI.

Here is our list of the malls you should put on your must-see list.

AEON Mall Okinawa Rycom

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Great mall packed with all the Japanese and foreign brands you need. Good food and coffee available in the food court section and the mall is quite fancy in itself, making the experience very pleasant all in all. This mall is about 45 minutes away from Naha, so be aware that a car is needed.

 10.00 – 22.00 (Mon – Sun)

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San-A Naha Main Place

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A very Japanese mall in that it has mainly Japanese shops and brands. Locals are often found here grabbing a bite to eat or shopping for groceries. It is conveniently located in the northern part of Naha. Closest stop on the Yui Rail (monorail service) is ‘Omoromachi’.

 09.00 – 23.00 (Mon – Sun)

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Plaza House Shopping Center

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A fabulous little mall with a very homely feel. Come here for local and foreign cuisine (there’s a Kenny’s and a KFC), international products, groceries and to people watch. This little mall is 45 minutes from Naha by car.

 10.00 – 20.00 (Mon – Sun)

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San-A Ginowan Convention City

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Decent sized mall from the San-A group. It is particularly attractive because it houses a large Tokyu Hands store, which is a great place to get all sorts of products, from make-up and clothing to little gifts and stationary.

 09.00 – 23.00 (Mon – Sun)

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HapiNaha

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Perfect for kids, this mall offers a big selection of manga and anime. HapiNaha is pretty new, with many different types of shops, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Located in Naha, this is a convenient place to go to for an afternoon of fun.

 10.00 – 22.00 (Mon – Sun)

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Okinawa Outlet Mall Ashibinaa

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This is the place to visit right before you leave Okinawa. It has a great number of outlet stores where you can binge-buy your favourite brands and max out your holiday budget. The large glass front is quite spectacular and will even give you a good view of the sunset. Ashibinaa Mall is located in the south of Naha close to the seaside.

10.00 – 20.00 (Mon – Sun)

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T Galleria Okinawa (DFS)

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T Galleria by DFS in Naha’s Shintoshin shopping area offers plenty of duty-free items such as handbags, fragrances, make-up and brands like Louis Vuitton, Coach, Dior, Prada and more. A great place to hang out, if you’ve got the cash. It is located very centrally just a step away from Omoromachi Station on the Yui monorail line. Shintoshin Park is just a short walk away.

 09.00 – 22.00 (Mon – Sun)

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Mega Don Quiqote Ginowan

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This huge branch of the popular Don Quijote discount chain offers a huge variety of products. You’ll find cosmetics, household items, clothing, bicycles, electrical appliances and much much more all in one huge store. This branch is located in Ginowan in the north of Naha which is also home to a number of the island’s top resorts and some fantastic scuba diving spots. 

09.00 – 05.00 (Mon – Sun)

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Ryubo Mall

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This big mall along Kokusai Street offers everything you need, including groceries, clothing, books, stationery, accessories and a roof terrace. Definitely drop by for some light shopping or for somewhere to relax.  

10.00 – 21.00 (Mon – Sun)

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Other Okinawa Shopping Areas

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The shopping malls on Okinawa are great, but the islands are also home to a number of much more place-specific shopping options. From traditional shotengai (covered streets) and markets to contemporary shopping complexes and districts, Okinawa has it all. Take a look at our top selections, where you’ll find big-name brands, craft items and everything in between. 

American Village

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A famous part of Naha city is the American Village, a shopping and living complex with a vast range of shops, restaurants and cafes. Check out Depot Island, an iconic mall with – lo and behold – more restaurants and cafés and a nice range of Okinawan fashion, traditional products and local brands. The American Village is famed for its Ferris wheel that forms the centre of the Carnival Park Mihama. With numerous fun activities including rides, spa treatments and other services, this is a great place to plan your day around.

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Umikaji Terrace

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A breathtaking concept-mall with a whitewashed front facing the sea. With only a few shops (each level and building is a shop), compared to mega-malls it is rather small, but the great atmosphere and quality of the products more than makes up for it. Also a great place to visit for a nice lunch or dinner by the sea. Umikaji Terrace is located in the south of Naha, close to hot springs, scuba diving spots and luxury resorts.

 10.00 – 21.00 (Mon – Sun)

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Mutsumibashi Shotengai

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This shotengai is a little window into the past and a lot of fun. Its homely, slightly shabby feel shouldn’t put you off, it’s rich with great local souvenirs and food. This shopping street is located in central Naha. 

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Makishi Public Market

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This market specialises in fresh produce and local foods for you to try. Street food on Okinawa is generally very safe, so need to worry about getting sick. You’ll find your groceries and drug stores along here too. Again, this shotengai is located centrally and in close proximity to other similar shopping streets.

 08.00 – 21.00 (Mon – Sun)

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Heiwa Shotengai

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This very popular and lengthy shopping street is again located in central Naha and offers a variety of mostly local products. Heiwa shopping street is a larger shotengai and you’re sure to enjoy the hustle and bustle of this lively street. Great food can be found here, too. 

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Sakaemachi Market

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Sakaemachi Market is located in central Naha and is one of the older shotengai in the city. With roughly 150 shops lining the street, it’s a lively location, packed with locals going about their business and tourists looking for a bargain. A great place to mingle, try out some new foods or grab a present to take home.

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Kokusai Street

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Packed with stores, restaurants, bars, history and much more, Kokusai Dori is a must-visit when you’re in Okinawa. You’ll find the US Army personnel chatting away among local Okinawans, main island Japanese and international visitors, giving you a taste of Naha’s famously cosmopolitan vibe. 

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Okinawa Traditional Goods

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Okinawa is famous among Japanese for having wonderful traditional pottery craft. Tsuboya-yaki (ceramics) and Ryukyu-shikki (lacquerware) are particularly well known and sought after. Other lauded items include Awamori (Okinawan sake) and the accompanying Ryukyu glasses, purple and red potato confection and lucky Okinawan lions, traditionally used to ward off evil. See below for some of the best spots on the islands for traditional Okinawan goods. 

Okinawan Sweets Jahana Kippan

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For delicious little cakes made using murasaki imo (紫芋 purple potato) check out this little cafe. Enjoy a coffee or tea while sampling some of the delicious sweets in the shop’s cafe area.  Located centrally in Naha, this small shop is no problem to get to.

 09.30 – 18.00 (Mon – Sun)

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Okashigoten

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Okashigoten is supremely popular due to its speciality murasaki imo tart (purple potato tart). The shops are located in various parts of Naha. Check google maps for more information on how to get to the closest one to you.

 09.00 – 22.00 (Mon – Sun)

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Awamori Masahiro Gallery (Distillery)

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Awamori is a strong form of sake, distilled rather than brewed, that is traditionally drunk by the locals in bars and restaurants all over Okinawa. This distillery will explain every step of the distilling process, ply you with samples and then give you the opportunity to buy some to take home. Located in Itoman, just south of Naha, it is well worth a trip out to. 

 09.30 – 05.30 (Mon – Sun)

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Tsuboya Pottery District

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This beautiful little district is famous for the pottery designed and created here, as well as for a whole host of other Okinawan handicraft items like cloth and glass. With plenty to see, don’t hesitate to take your time in exploring this lovely little area.

There is also a museum you can visit for more information on the history of these crafts: Naha Tsuboya Pottery Museum Website

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Originally from Switzerland, currently studying in Tokyo. With a wide array of interests, including travel, I'm passionate about what I write here at Compathy Magazine.



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