Where to shop in Naha, Japan

Kokusai Street in Naha, the biggest city on the islands of Okinawa, is the the place to shop for locally designed floral shirts, traditional lacquerware and other distinctive items

Kokusai Street stretches two kilometres down the centre of Naha. Here you’ll find souvenir snacks made with Okinawan ingredients, and restaurants and clubs that open late. The street closes to traffic on Sundays from noon to 6pm, making an outing with prams and kids all the easier. Don’t miss the three spots detailed below – as well as small side streets lined with shops selling traditional wares.

Chris Willson; TRAVEL67

Ryuku Shikki

1-3-9 Matsuo

This century-old brand focuses on traditional Okinawan lacquerware, used by generations of locals.

Mango House

2-8-4 Matsuo

Dress up in Okinawan-style floral shirts, including ones with original patterns designed by the shop’s staff.

Jahana Kippan

1-5-14 Matsuo

This traditional sweets shop sells treats made with local ingredients like winter melon, citrus fruits and cane sugar.

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