Just north of Naha City in Urasoe, the National Theatre Okinawa was completed in 2004 to provide a space for the preservation of Okinawa's traditional performing arts. Kumiodori, an Okinawan play influenced heavily by Japanese noh and kabuki theater, takes center stage here. During the performance, audience members will see a beautiful example of a traditional bingata (textile dyed in Okinawan fashion) curtain serving as the backdrop to a dazzling display of costumes. The kumiodori plays contain dance, orchestrated music and singing, and depict the legends of the Ryukyu Islands.
Karaoke House Tomato is a karaoke bar and restaurant. If you want to be a singer or just love to hear your voice, you can go ahead and entertain yourself and the people sitting around. Although there is a bar here, you can take along your children as the bar has a separate kids’ area. So, while you practice singing in the karaoke rooms, your children can have some fun time, too. And the fantastic food that they serve here will make you come back for even more. The bar hosts private parties, as well.
Located just outside Kadena Gate 2 at the Kadena Airbase in Okinawa City, 7th Heaven Koza provides the area with its fix of hard, punk and alternative rock. Find a seat at the bar or one of the tables, or see your favorite artists up close from the standing space right in front of the stage. Headliners here include Mursaki and 8Ball, though DJs also spin house and reggae on occasion. The venue is only open on the weekends, so be sure to check the website if you plan to visit on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The cover charge generally includes a drink.
Okinawa Athletic Stadium is a sports facility in Okinawa City with a seating capacity of 25,000 people. The stadium is part of the Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park, which is a huge sporting ground, as well as a recreational park. It is a wonderful place for a day out for the entire family with lots of greenery, besides several amenities. The park has a camping ground, a cycling center, running tracks, a gymnasium, a water park and a lot more to keep the whole family busy for the entire day. It is a famous football ground of Japan.
The Sakura Zaka is a movie theater in Naha. You can watch American, Japanese and other foreign language movies here. The biggest attraction of the hall is that you will not find the films that are shown here at other theaters of the city. Women get special discounts here on Tuesdays. You can find information about the ongoing films and details on other events such as live performances on their website. But, if you just want to spend some time with a friend or by yourself, you can visit the Cha-gwa cafe next door or visit the bookstore-cum-gift shop nearby.
With the American Village's Ferris wheel in the background, Live House MOD's is an unassuming venue dedicated to musicians and their fans. Whether it's an amateur or professional on the stage, the acoustic sets will appeal to any music lover. The venue also hosts comedians and occasionally has free admission nights, so be sure to check the website for schedules and prices.
Located in a renovated movie theater in Okinawa City, Rock Theater is another addition to Okinawa's rock scene. Rock Theater can hold up to 420 people for their indie rock performances. Shows generally take place on Saturdays, and ticket reservations can be made via email. See the website for prices and details.
Facing Sunset Beach near the American Village, Entertainment Pub Restaurant Karahaai lives up to its name, with lively performances featuring Tink Tink and the famous Rinken band paired with freshly prepared food and creative cocktails. Both groups perform traditional Okinawan music while wearing bingata (a colorful dyeing technique) costumes. The Fenutin restaurant, by the same owner as Karahaai, is right next door. People who prefer a quieter meal can reserve a table or private room. Reservations can be made through the website.