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International Street (Kokusai Dori)

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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APA Hotel Naha ¥5,206
APA Hotel Naha

APA Hotel Naha

1-4-16,Matsuyama, Naha, Okinawa-ken
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port. Shurijo Castle and DFS Galleria Okinawa are also within 3 mi (5 km). Kenchomae Station is 6 minutes by foot and Miebashi Station is 7 minutes.

    Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa ¥7,934
    Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa

    Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa

    1-5 Kume 2 Chome, Naha, Okinawa-ken
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Naha City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port. Shurijo Castle and Senaga Island are also within 6 mi (10 km). Asahibashi Station is only a 4-minute walk and Kenchomae Station is 6 minutes.

      Loisir Hotel Naha ¥6,088
      Loisir Hotel Naha

      Loisir Hotel Naha

      3-2-1 Nishi, Naha, Okinawa-ken
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kokusai Dori and Naminoue Beach. DFS Galleria Okinawa and Shurijo Castle are also within 6 mi (10 km). Asahibashi Station is 14 minutes by foot and Tsubogawa Station is 19 minutes.

        Almont Hotel Naha Kenchomae ¥7,272
        Almont Hotel Naha Kenchomae

        Almont Hotel Naha Kenchomae

        1-3-5, Kumoji, Naha, Okinawa
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Shurijo Castle, Okinawa Outlet Mall Ashibinaa, and Okinawa World. Himeyuri Peace Museum and American Village are also within 12 mi (20 km). Kenchomae Station is only a 4-minute walk and Asahibashi Station is 6 minutes.

          Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa ¥13,223
          Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa

          Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa

          3-6-20 Makishi, Naha, Okinawa-ken
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Naha City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tsuboya Pottery Museum and Kokusai Dori. Tomari Port and DFS Galleria Okinawa are also within 2 mi (3 km). Makishi Station is 7 minutes by foot and Asato Station is 9 minutes.

            Tokyu Stay Okinawa Naha ¥7,927
            Tokyu Stay Okinawa Naha

            Tokyu Stay Okinawa Naha

            3-2-1 Tsubokawa, Naha, Okinawa
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Kokusai Dori and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Tomari Port. Shurijo Castle and Senaga Island are also within 6 mi (10 km). Tsubogawa Station is only a 3-minute walk and Asahibashi Station is 8 minutes.

              Mercure Okinawa Naha ¥7,727
              Mercure Okinawa Naha

              Mercure Okinawa Naha

              3 3 19 Tsubogawa, Naha, Okinawa-ken
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Okino-gu Shrine and Kokusai Dori. Tomari Port and DFS Galleria Okinawa are also within 3 mi (5 km). Tsubogawa Station is only a 2-minute walk and Asahibashi Station is 10 minutes.

                Hotel Palm Royal Naha Kokusai Street ¥6,924
                Hotel Palm Royal Naha Kokusai Street

                Hotel Palm Royal Naha Kokusai Street

                3-9-10 Makishi, Naha, Okinawa-ken
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is steps from Kokusai Dori, Sakurazaka Theatre, and Heiwa Dori. Makishi Public Market and Sakaemachi Market are also within 15 minutes. Makishi Station is only a 4-minute walk and Asato Station is 10 minutes.