A place for all kinds of disport in Chatan Town, Mihama, or better known as American Village, can be seen from miles away thanks to the towering Ferris wheel that has become the trademark of this shopping district. American eateries, international food restaurants, and a cinema that plays both Western and Japanese films, all make up a place where travelers can get a sense of what it means to be American, from a Japanese perspective. One of the biggest shopping attractions at the American Village is Jusco, an upscale one-stop megastore, popular among tourists and locals alike. In addition to the aforementioned areas, there are plenty of other venues in the American Village such as Seaside Square and Dragon’s Palace, which offer more entertainment choices (karaoke, games, bowling, etc.) and of course, more shopping.
Glass House in the Forest is a studio and shop where people can come to witness Ryukyuan artisans create glassware. Not only do they get to see this phenomenon firsthand, visitors also get to try it out at the Ryukyu Glass Workshops. There is also a store where people can pick and choose among over 200 variegated kinds of vitreous creations. The workshops cost JPY1300 for student/groups and JPY1500 for general admission.
At Flagship, you will find a huge selection of traditional Okinawan products. Expect to see everything from ceramics to clothing, accessories, art and gifts. It is the perfect place to snag a memento from your time in Japan or to pick up a traditional, unique gift.
Umanchu Market is a local farmers' market, selling fresh produce of vegetables and fruits, and the stock is always replenished the next day. The fish and meat section sells ready-to-use stock, and there's also an eating counter of food made from the day's produce. The market is clean and amply lit, with hygienic standards maintained all over.
Imagine what it would be like to actually use the exotic and tropical seafood of Okinawa to make dinner… well, if it’s hard to picture all the fish and the unique island vegetables, come to the Makishi Public Market! Here you will rub elbows with locals who come to buy fresh produce and fish, and the famous Okinawa pork. While the market itself is on the first floor of the venue, if you go one floor up you can find many restaurants featuring these tropical comestibles!
Nago Pineapple Park teaches pineapple lovers about the life of the pineapple, from seedling to food product. A pineapple cart takes visitors through the pineapple fields and the tropical garden, and the store sells the freshest and most delicious pineapple products on the island, including a pineapple wine. Don't leave without trying the pineapple ice cream and taking a look at the pineapple charcoal. And, if you haven't gotten your fill, try some dishes at the restaurant. Those who can't carry their prizes home can use the store's shipping service.
To get a true sense of the Yomitan Village lifestyle, stop by the Yomitan Village Joint Sale Center, which introduces visitors to the area’s arts and crafts culture and cooking. People can come and purchase traditional pottery and crafts, as well as Ryukyu glassware, from the shops at this venue. There is also a restaurant located in the center that is managed by an association dedicated to helping disabled children. Not only can you help support a worthy cause, but you get to try some authentic Okinawan home cooking!urse, more shopping.
Ryukyu glass is specifically unique to Okinawa because of the way in which the art developed. Craftsmen found the broken glass bottles left behind by United States soldiers, and recycled them into art, jewelry and household items. Whereas bubbles in glass are usually seen as a flaw, Okinawan glassblowers incorporated them into their designs. With the aid of the craftsmen at Onna Glass Studio, you can create a piece of jewelry or a glass cup to take home as a keepsake. The studio also provides free transportation to hotels around the Onna area.
If you want to get in some shopping and exercise, Naha Main Place is for you! At this shopping paradise, visitors will be able to spend hours poring over items and going from store to store, immersed in this world of potential belongings. The mall is two levels, packed full of boutiques, an arcade with games for children and adults, and a movie theater. There is also a food court and a Starbucks for those who need some extra energy to get through the whole complex.