One of the first areas to be rebuilt after World War II, Kokusai Street was hailed as the "Miracle Mile" for its great shops, restaurants and bars. Many hotels can be found along this 1.6-kilometer stretch as well, and you'll find tourists and locals alike looking for the latest trends and fashions in the boutiques. Some notable souvenirs include bottles of star-shaped sand, or snakes steeped in jars of awamori (Okinawan sake). The summer festival also takes place on this road.
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.
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.
AEON MALL Okinawa Rycom is a slick and elegant shopping centre, with fine merchandise of famed brands paraded inside the various shops. Area wise, the mall is a sensational space and houses an Aeon specialty store, and about 220 stores of other brands. The mall houses an exclusive area for cosmetics and sports. There's a section of gourmet food tasting and shopping, that includes ingredients and cuisines of the world, and also entertainment centres and fine dining restaurants. AEON MALL is a one-stop shop for shopping and recreation.
Ceramic ware lovers simply must visit Tsuboya, Naha City’s pottery district. Also known as Tsuboya Yachimun Street, the avenue is lined with pottery stores, workshops, and studios, all of which add to the area’s nostalgic feel. In addition to the opportunities to shop and visit galleries, visitors can also go to the Tsuboya Pottery Museum as well, to learn more in depth history of ceramics and its place in Okinawan culture.
The first outlet mall to hit the islands, Ashibina is a must-shop for international visitors. The outlet mall has 70 worldwide brands at discount prices for the cosmopolitan traveler (some stores include Coach, Ray-Ban, and Nike). There is also a food court with six restaurants that can seat up to 600 guests. If you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for or need some guidance around the area, there are plenty of attendants to help.
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.