This guide to the best places to go shopping in Naha will give you an insight into the city’s retail neighborhoods. The capital of Okinawa is a thriving commercial hub on the main island, around 640 km south of Kyushu. You’ll find a range of shopping experiences, from upscale malls to local markets.

    Kokusai Dori, the main street in central Naha is the city’s main shopping hub. However, you can find large malls, local markets, and duty-free department stores beyond the city centre – it all depends on what kind of shopping you’re looking for. Check out our guide to where to shop in Naha.

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    San-A Naha Main Place

    One of the largest shopping malls in the city

    • Shoppers
    • Food

    San-A Naha Main Place is one of the biggest shopping malls in Naha. The multi-storey complex is a very popular place for both visitors and locals alike. It’s home to a range of grocery stores, fashion brands, electronics and homeware stores. You’ll also find plenty of restaurants and cafes, including Starbucks.

    The shopping mall has a movie theater called Movie theater Q, which airs the latest local and international movies. San-A Naha Main Place is easily accessible, just a 5-minute walk from the Omoromachi Monorail Station. If you’re getting around Naha by automobile, the mall has a huge free parking area with room for over 2,500 automobiles.

    Location: 4 Chome-4-9 Omoromachi, Naha, Okinawa 900-0006, Japan

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)98-951-3300

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    Naha Kokusai Dori Shopping Street

    Major thoroughfare in central Naha

    • Shoppers
    • Food

    Kokusai Dori is Naha’s main shopping street, stretching for around 2 km in the city centre. The thoroughfare is lined with restaurants, bars, hotels, and various shops. From souvenir stores to large department stores, you'll find everything that you need within walking distance of each other.

    A little way from Kokusai Dori there are several covered shopping arcades that contain smaller vendors and local shops. Kokusai Dori is also a popular nightlife hotspot, with live music and street performances taking place throughout the weekend. On Sundays, the street is closed to traffic and many food stalls line the walkways.

    Location: Kokusai-dori, Naha, Okinawa, Japan

    Open: Daily from 9.30 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)98-863-2755

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    First Makishi Public Market

    Naha’s main food market

    • Shoppers
    • Food

    First Makishi Public Market is one of the longest-running food markets in Naha. Accessible within a 2-minute walk down from Kokusai Dori, it’s a great place to explore the local culture and culinary scene. The market has more than 100 shops and stalls across 2 storeys.

    On the first floor, you’ll find vendors selling meat and fish, fresh vegetables and fruit. The market’s 2nd floor hosts Okinawan eateries, where you can try authentic local food. The bustling place is usually busiest during midday and the afternoon, with locals picking up their shopping or stopping by for lunch.

    Location: 2 Chome-7-10 Matsuo, Naha, Okinawa 900-0014, Japan

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)98-867-6560

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    Tsuboya Yachimun Street (Pottery Street)

    Unique street selling traditional pottery

    • Families
    • Shoppers
    • History
    • Budget

    Tsuboya Yachimun Street is a picturesque paved street in central Naha. Just a short walk away from Kokusai Dori, it's known as the city’s epicenter of history and craft of traditional pottery. The beautiful buildings escaped much of the damage from World War II, so a walk through the narrow alley is like taking a step back in time.

    You’ll find pottery workshops and sellers, as well as boutique cafés in almost every building. It’s an interesting place to learn about the history of Okinawan pottery and watch the craftsmen at work. To learn more, head to the Tsuboya Pottery Museum.

    Location: 1 Chome-16 Tsuboya, Naha, Okinawa 902-0065, Japan

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    Palette Kumoji

    Multi-storey shopping mall in central Naha

    • Shoppers
    • Food

    Palette Kumoji is a prominent shopping mall in central Naha. It's at the southwestern end of the main street, Kokusai Dori. The multi-storey building is home to a range of stores and entertainment outlets. There are plenty of fashion boutiques, a large department store, cosmetics and jewelry shops, and confectionery stores.

    On the first basement floor, you’ll find a high-end grocery shop selling delicious deli items. Palette Kumoji is also home to fast-food restaurants and a couple of patisseries. It’s a convenient shopping destination to explore while in the city centre.

    Location: 1 Chome-1-1 Kumoji, Naha, Okinawa 900-0015, Japan

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

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    Heiwa Dori

    Shopping arcade with traditional Okinawan shops

    • Shoppers
    • Food

    Heiwa Dori is a covered shopping arcade off the popular main street in Naha’s center. The 400-metre-long arcade, which runs past Kibogaoka Park, is packed with around 200 shops selling traditional Okinawan goods.

    Heiwa Dori is a popular shopping street for both locals and tourists alike. From snacks and street food to souvenirs and clothing, you’ll find a variety of goods for sale. It's a great place to shop for affordable souvenirs, including Kariyushi shirts, local pottery, glassware, and cheap fashion accessories. If you're feeling peckish, there are snack shops specializing in local candies, such as chinsuko cookies and beniimo tarts, under the roofed street.

    Location: 3 Chome Makishi, Naha, Okinawa 900-0013, Japan

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    T Galleria by DFS

    Popular duty-free shopping experience

    • Shoppers

    T Galleria by DFS is a duty-free shopping mall in Naha, next to San-A Naha Main Plaza. It’s easy to get there by public transportation, with Omoromachi Station just outside the building. The retail complex has a range of duty-free stores similar to what you would find at Naha Airport, including purses, fragrances, electronics, and alcohol.

    T Galleria by DFS is one of the best places to shop for international luxury brands, including Saint Laurent, Hermes, Swatch, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany Co. It’s conveniently located for tourists looking to combine a shopping trip to the San-A Naha Main Plaza with a visit to the nearby Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum.

    Location: 4 Chome-1 Omoromachi, Naha, Okinawa 900-0006, Japan

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)120-782-460

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    Saion Square

    Alternate shopping hub on the eastern edge of Naha

    • Families
    • Shoppers
    • Photo
    • Budget

    Saion Square is a public square at the north-eastern end of Kokusai Dori. A very popular shopping spot among locals, it’s home to a variety of community services, a hotel, and a compact mall. The Cargoes Shopping Mall has a convenience market, beauty salons, florists, and cosmetic shops.

    You’ll also find a small planetarium, public library, fitness gym and automobile rental agency in Saion Square. The outdoor area is decorated with traditional sculptures and lights that come on at night.

    Location: 2 Chome-1-1 Asato, Naha, Okinawa 902-0067, Japan

    Phone: +81 (0)98-860-7440

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    Sakaemachi Arcade

    Covered shopping street with plenty of street food

    • Shoppers
    • Food
    • Nightlife

    Sakaemachi Arcade is a traditional, covered shopping street in Naha. It's around 2 km northeast of the city centre, not far from the Asato Monorail Station. The lively marketplace is a popular place for locals, making it a great spot for appreciating the Okinawan culture.

    The arcade is most well-known for its many fresh produce vendors selling fruit and vegetables. It’s also a popular street food destination in Naha, with restaurants, bars and stalls offering authentic Okinawan dishes. It’s a buzzing spot to be in the evening, when you can find plenty of locals enjoying beverages after dinner or work.

    Location: 381-379 Asato, Naha, Okinawa 902-0067, Japan

    Phone: +81 (0)98-886-3979

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    Don Quijote Kokusaidori

    Late-night discount store in Naha

    • Shoppers
    • Nightlife
    • Budget

    Don Quijote Kokusaidori is a very popular budget shopping mall in Naha. Located on Kokusai Dori, this huge store has approximately 60,000 items for sale. You can find absolutely everything at this discount store, including snacks, toys, and electronics.

    Don Quijote Kokusaidori is a popular place for tourists to shop for local products and goods. It's also a great place to go if you’re on a budget, with everything at discounted prices. The complex stays open all night long, so you can shop at any time of the day.

    Location: 2 Chome-8-19 Matsuo, Naha, Okinawa 900-0014, Japan

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 3 am

    Phone: +81 (0)570-054-711

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    Elisha Donkin | Contributing Writer

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