Kokusai Dori in Naha, Okinawa

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This video explores some of the popular shopping spots at Kokusai dori in Naha, Okinawa.

Kokusai dori is a must-see spot in Naha, Okinawa as it is one of the most popular tourist spots in Japan.
Let's explore the street from Kencho-mae Station to see how lively it gets.

What Is Naha's Kokusai Dori?

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Photo:Kokusai dori

Kokusai dori is located on route 39 in Naha, Okinawa, where Anri and Kumoji connect.
In 1953, due to the construction on Makishi road, many stores gathered and it became a shopping street.
You can check out the video at 2:46 to see the entrance to Kokusai dori.

As you can see in the video, it is a popular tourist spot with many different stores including restaurants, hotels, and gift shops.
It's also easily accessed from Naha airport, as it's only about 5 km away.

Enjoy Delicious Meals at Kokusai Dori in Naha, Okinawa

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Photo:Okinawa soba

If you go to Kokusai dori, you've got to try the different foods while shopping in Naha.
Besides the popular Okinawan food, there's also steak, hamburgers, sweets, and more.
Take pictures of that delicious food and post 'em on Instagram too!
There are also some places to enjoy some drinks if you're looking to try some Okinawan sake!

Fresh seafood and vegetables are available at Makishi Public Market, a market connected to Kokusai dori.
There are also many places to buy souvenirs as there is an abundance of tourists and students on field trips in Naha, Okinawa, looking to explore Kokusai dori.
Be sure to check out the video at 3:53 to see what kind of stores you can enjoy shopping at.

Kokusai Dori's Transit Mall!

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Photo:Eisa

Every Sunday, a transit mall is opened up and the area is transformed into a pedestrian paradise where no cars can drive through.
This pedestrian-only street stretches about 1,300 meters and all vehicles are prohibited from entering.

There are several different events that take place and venues that open up at the transit mall, including cafes, and some performances done by professional performers.
In August, a popular event called "The 10,000 Eisa Dancers Parade" is held on the main street.

Event Information Around Kokusai Dori in Naha, Okinawa

Besides Eisa Festival in August, there's also the Okinawa International Movie Festival held in April, the Naha Great Tug-of-War Festival and Ryukyu Dynasty Parade in October, the Tsuboya Yachimun Street Festival in November, and Palette Kumoji and the Kumoji Illumination are held in Winter.
These events are sure to create lifelong memories.

Summary of Kokusai Dori in Naha, Okinawa

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Photo:Kokusai dori, Okinawa

There are so many popular things to enjoy on Kokusai dori, including shopping, delicious food, and more.
We highly recommend a visit to Kokusai dori when an event is taking place.

It's more convenient if you can rent a car to travel in Okinawa because there are so many places to see, such as beaches and other popular tourist spots.
Be sure to look up parking information for each area if you decide to rent a car.
Also, don't forget to keep an eye out for some special Okinawan gifts on Kokusai dori, such as T-shirts, Shisa (Okinawa guardian lions), and Chinsuko (Okinawan biscuits).

【Official Website】Kokusai dori - A Shopping Street in Naha, Okinawa
https://naha-kokusaidori.okinawa/

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Dec. 8, 2021
Japan
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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