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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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HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF ¥7,297
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Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tomari Port, Midorigaoka Park, and Sogenji Temple. Kokusai Dori and Fukushu-en Garden are also within 15 minutes. Miebashi Station is 6 minutes by foot and Kenchomae Station is 13 minutes.

    APA Hotel Naha ¥4,132
    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, Tomari Port, and Okinawa Prefectural Office. Naminoue Beach and DFS Galleria Okinawa are also within 2 mi (3 km). Kenchomae Station is 7 minutes by foot and Miebashi Station is 8 minutes.

      Hotel Palm Royal Naha Kokusai Street ¥6,695
      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 Miebashi Station is 9 minutes.

        Mercure Okinawa Naha ¥5,364
        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 15-minute walk of Okino-gu Shrine and Okinawa Prefectural Office. Tomari Port and Kokusai Dori are also within 2 mi (3 km). Tsubogawa Station is only a 2-minute walk and Asahibashi Station is 10 minutes.

          Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa ¥6,942
          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 5 minutes.

            Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa ¥16,033
            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 Okinawa Prefectural Office are also within 1 mi (2 km). Makishi Station is 7 minutes by foot and Asato Station is 9 minutes.

              Tokyu Stay Okinawa Naha ¥10,000
              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). Asahibashi Station is 8 minutes by foot and Kenchomae Station is 11 minutes.

                Hotel WBF Art Stay Naha Kokusai-dori ¥5,672
                Hotel WBF Art Stay Naha Kokusai-dori

                Hotel WBF Art Stay Naha Kokusai-dori

                1-3-43 Makishi, Naha, Okinawa-ken
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kokusai Dori and Yogi Park. DFS Galleria Okinawa and Shurijo Castle are also within 3 mi (5 km). Miebashi Station is 5 minutes by foot and Makishi Station is 7 minutes.