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Kokusai Dori

Vacation Travel Guide
International Street featuring nightlife, a city and street scenes

Naha’s lively main street is home to an array of superb restaurants, souvenir shops and galleries selling fine glassware. 

Spend an afternoon in Naha’s most extensive shopping district, International Street (Kokusai Dori). Browse for exquisite glasswork and ceramics, feast on traditional Okinawan delicacies and watch dancers and fire-eaters perform on the streets.

Kokusai Dori translates directly as “International Street.” The name comes from the old Ernie Pyle International Theater that was built here during the American occupation at the end of World War II; it became a popular gathering spot for the soldiers stationed in the city. The theater is no longer here, but the spot still attracts visitors from around the world. Find some of Naha’s most enticing collections of restaurants, souvenir shops and bars.

Spend hours shopping in the boutique ornament shops, where you’ll find statues and necklaces made from bright coral as well as a range of colorful glassware. Also widely available are small statues known as shisa. These mythological lions are usually ceramic or limestone and are said to provide protection from evil if placed outside a house. Another popular souvenir is the cotton Kariyushi shirt that sports colorful floral patterns. These became popular during the 1970s and are similar to Hawaiian floral shirts.

Stop for lunch at a roadside café and ask for one of the many Okinawan delicacies. Beni imo, a purple variety of sweet potato, is a local favorite and is served in everything from pastries and stews to yogurt and ice cream.

Return in the evening when the street air is filled with enticing scents escaping from the many restaurants. Try exquisite sashimi dishes or traditional pork stews. Continue on to a bar and join the mixed crowds of locals, expats and visitors for a fun-filled night.

Come to Naha so you can visit Kokusai Dori on a Sunday. The street is closed to cars and fills with dancers, dragons and fire-eaters. Street carts selling traditional food and local families enjoying the show add to the festival atmosphere.

Kokusai Dori is located in the city’s downtown region. It stretches approximately 1 mile (2 kilometers) from the main bus terminal to Makishi Monorail Station.

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Nest Hotel Naha Kumoji
Nest Hotel Naha Kumoji
3 out of 5
2-22-1, Kumoji, Naha, Okinawa
The price is ¥3,610 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tomari Port and Kokusai Dori. Okinawa Prefectural Office and Naminoue Beach are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (47 reviews)
"I was a regular at Tissage by NEST in Asahibashi, since i was't sure about the parking for this. I found out this one has an excellent parking, closer to the central district, has amazing amenities, nice work space, and is literally next to Lawson for my morning coffee. I will def. go back to this ..."

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

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HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
The price is ¥7,998 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
This family-friendly Naha hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Tomari Port, Midorigaoka Park, and Sogenji Temple. Kokusai Dori and Fukushu-en ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,025 reviews)
"The pool is a great feature but it tends to be very crowded during all open hours and there are few seating options around the pool area. No lounge chairs."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

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HOTEL STRATA NAHA
HOTEL STRATA NAHA
3.5 out of 5
1-19-8 Makishi, Naha, Okinawa
The price is ¥6,546 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Midorigaoka Park and Kokusai Dori. Tomari Port and Okinawa Prefectural Office are also ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (145 reviews)
"ほぼ駅直結にも関わらず、エントランスから見えるプールや、スタッフの方のユニフォーム、シンプルながらも琉球文化を取り入れた内装は、那覇にいることを忘れオアシスを感じました。 とてもリラックスした時間を過ごすことが出来ました。"

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2021

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Nest Hotel Naha Kumoji
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3 out of 5
2-22-1, Kumoji, Naha, Okinawa
The price is ¥3,610 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is ¥7,998 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
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3.5 out of 5
1-19-8 Makishi, Naha, Okinawa
The price is ¥6,546 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
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APA Hotel Naha
APA Hotel Naha
3 out of 5
1-4-16,Matsuyama, Naha, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥3,967 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
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Hotel JAL City Naha
Hotel JAL City Naha
3.5 out of 5
1-3-70 Makishi Naha Shi, Naha, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥6,198 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
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Tokyu Stay Okinawa Naha
Tokyu Stay Okinawa Naha
3 out of 5
3-2-1 Tsubokawa, Naha, Okinawa
The price is ¥5,563 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
Tokyu Stay Okinawa Naha
Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa
Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa
4.5 out of 5
3-6-20 Makishi, Naha, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥14,546 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa
Hotel Collective
Hotel Collective
4.5 out of 5
Matsuo 2-5-7, Naha, Okinawa
The price is ¥12,928 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Hotel Collective
Hotel WBF Art Stay Naha Kokusai-dori
Hotel WBF Art Stay Naha Kokusai-dori
3 out of 5
1-3-43 Makishi, Naha, Okinawa-ken
The price is ¥6,137 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Hotel WBF Art Stay Naha Kokusai-dori
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.