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.
A small section of Kokusai dori recreates the atmosphere of Yatai, the Japanese street food stalls (Yatai are especially popular in Fukuoka). Although they are not Yatai in the strict sense because they are permanent establishments, the restaurants of Yatai street are small and offer different culinary specialities with an atmosphere reminiscent of the Yatai. Of course, plenty of alcoholic beverage are available from beer to Awamori, the local strong alcohol.
Shuri Castle was the main palace of the Ryukyu kingdom from 1429 to 1879. The current castle is a reconstruction of the original which was destroyed during the war. In addition to the visit of the castle keep, traditional Okinawan dance demonstrations are given for free on the premises of the castle.
On the side of Kokusai Dori in Naha, not too far from the fish market, is located an interesting shopping arcade filled with souvenir shops and restaurants. It is a really nice place to find good quality food that is perhaps more authentic and less commercial than what can be found directly on Kokusai Dori. You can definitely see more locals eating in that region.
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.
Kukusai Dori in Naha, which literally means international street, features many gift shops and restaurants. It is a great place to spend the evening while visiting Okinawa’s capital. Some gifts that are particularly famous in Okinawa include the famed locally-brewed Orion beer, many types of pork products, and Awamori, a local alcohol. For the more daring, Habushu (or Snake Sake) is an alcohol made from Awamori and snakes. Habushu bottles usually feature a curled-up snake at the bottom.