Restaurant Shimujo is located on a hill north of the Shiritsu station of the Yui monorail. On the menu: traditional Okinawan fare including the popular soba, a noodle soup dish which comes with delicious pieces of slowly cooked pork. Everything on the menu is freshly prepared and menu items become sold out quickly. If you don’t want to miss the chance to eat delicious Okinawan food, come wait in line early (try 11:30AM to be safe) to reserve your table.
The Hamahiga salt factory is located at the southern tip of Hamahiga island which is connected to the main island of Okinawa by a bridge. The factory is located near a pristine private beach where it sources its saltwater from. The water is first run trough a large evaporator outside where a large fraction of the water is evaporated before being boiled indoors to further increase the salt concentration. The factory has a small gift store outside offering a variety of salt products and sometimes offers guided tours when the workers are not too busy processing the salt.
The Umikaji terrace is located on the Senagajima island located just south of Naha Airport. It is a commercial area featuring restaurants offering an impressive variety of fares. It is located next to the Ryukyu Onsen Senagajima Hotel where one can enjoy a comfortable stay in a room with a private bath.
The Naha fish market is located not too far from Kokusai Dori. At the market, many vendors display freshly caught seafood from Okinawa’s tropical waters. Colorful fish, shrimps and lobsters are on display. Not so practical to bring a fresh catch to your hotel room? One can buy the fish and it is prepared in the form of sashimi to be consumed on site. The market’s second floor hosts several affordable restaurants that serve Okinawa’s traditional food.
The Harunire terrace, located in Naka-Karuizawa, boasts a great selection of restaurants and specialty shops in a natural setting. Whether you are looking for a delicious coffee or locally-made ice-cream, you’ll enjoy a relaxing time on the river-side terrace.
The city of Beppu is known as one of the best hot spring cities of Japan. As part of the cultural heritage of the hot spring culture, cooking in the steam coming out of the springs is still practiced nowadays. Visitors may try hot spring cooking at the Jigokumushi Kobo Steam Cooking Center in the vicinity of the hot springs of the Kannawa hot spring district.
Various vegetables including potatoes, corn and mushroom, meats and a variety of seafood can be purchased on site. A volunteer instructor will supervise you throughout the cooking process and make sure that each ingredient is cooked the right amount of time. The center has an indoor eating area and a terrace for its visitors.
Yatai are small food stalls selling a variety of delicious Japanese street food including Ramen, Oden and Yakitori. They were once popular throughout Japan but are nowadays more prevalent in the city of Fukuoka. One of the most popular places to eat Yatai food is along the Naka river where the photos shown here were taken. Perhaps the best way to enjoy Yatai is to move from one cart to the other for a chance to sample a diversity of Japanese delicacies.