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Okinawa City

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Okinawa City (沖縄市 Okinawa-shi) is the second-largest city on the island of Okinawa, second only to capital Naha. Although it the site of many of the stores in the shopping arcade being closed makes it seem as if there isn't much happening in Okinawa City, in recent years the city has become an appealing location for startups, and with the help of resources like Startup Cafe Koza, the city has started to become vibrant again.

If you are looking to grab a bite to eat or go out for a few drinks, check out Park Avenue where both locals and American service members go out to dine and have a few Orion beers. For a more laid back, and quiet atmosphere, head down to the bottom of the hill to a neighborhood called Awase where you will find a variety of Japanese Izakaya, Okinawan noodle restaurants and the ever popular "snack bars".

Weather[edit]

The climate is semi-tropical, with an average winter daytime temperature of 65F (nighttime low of 55F), and summer temperatures generally around 90F and humid.

Get in[edit]

By Car[edit]

From Naha[edit]

Take the express way from Naha and exit at Okinawa Minami IC. Note: the express way is a toll road.

Another option is to take Route 330 up which would be slower, but there are no tolls.

By Bus[edit]

From Naha[edit]

To get to downtown Okinawa City, take Bus 31 from the Kamiizumi (上泉) bus stop to Goya (胡屋) bus stop. It takes about an hour.

Get around[edit]

There is a local bus run by the city that loops around the major areas of Okinawa City.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Southeast Botanical Gardens, 2146 Chibana, Okinawa, Okinawa Prefecture 904-2143, 098-939-2555, [1].  edit
  • Chibana Castle, 5 Chome-25-20 Chibana, Okinawa, Okinawa Prefecture 904-2143. The site of an old castle from the Ryukyu Kingdom.  edit


Do[edit][add listing]

Music Town is the new home to dozens of restaurants, music halls, recording and editing studios, entertainment halls, money exchanges and retail businesses. Located only a short drive from Kadena Air Base Gate 2.

For outdoor recreation check out the Okinawa Athletic Park that boasts a 5km running loop, sports facilities, two gyms, a camp ground and a water park.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Sukiya, (In the first floor of Koza Music Town.). 24 hours. This is a national gyudon chain. It is a cheap late night eating choice.  edit
  • CC's Chicken and Waffles, 1 Chome-1 Uechi, Okinawa-shi, Okinawa-ken 904-0031. A local American style chicken and waffles restaurant. There is another location in Sunabe as well.  edit
  • Red Kitchen and Cafe, 1 Chome-9-3 Chūō, Okinawa-shi, Okinawa-ken 904-0004, 098-938-4118. A restaurant that serves a variety of foods that includes cooking styles from all around the world. The burgers are massive and some of the menu items are surprising yet delicious.  edit
  • Ayurveda Indian Curry, 〒904-0021 Okinawa-ken, Okinawa-shi, Goya, 1 Chome−1−1−4, 070-5410-9949. An Indian Curry restaurant located on the corner of the Goya intersection diagonally from Music Town. English menus and English speaking staff available.  edit


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Contact[edit]

Get out[edit]

To Uruma City[edit]

Neighboring Uruma City, the home of Katsuren Castle, the Kaichu Doro (Mid Sea Road) and several popular festivals can be accessed by car and bus from Okinawa city.

To Chatan[edit]

A popular area for U.S. military members, Chatan boasts a wide array of restaurants, bars and places to go shopping. Sunset Beach is also a popular place to go swimming and work on a tan in the summer time.



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