Kokusai Dori

Holiday Travel Guide
International Street which includes night scenes, a city and nightlife

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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Nest Hotel Naha Kumoji
Nest Hotel Naha Kumoji
3 out of 5
2-22-1, Kumoji, Naha, Okinawa
The price is S$47 per night from 26 Sep to 26 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tomari Port and Naminoue Beach. Kokusai Dori and Naha City Museum of History are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (81 reviews)
"I was a regular at Tissage by NEST in Asahibashi, since i was't sure about the parking for this. I found out this one has an excellent parking, closer to the central district, has amazing amenities, nice work space, and is literally next to Lawson for my morning coffee. I will def. go back to this ..."

Reviewed on 17 Jun,2021

Nest Hotel Naha Kumoji
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
The price is S$92 per night from 7 Oct to 7 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Naha hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Tomari Port, Midorigaoka Park and Sogenji Temple. Kokusai Dori and Fukushu-en ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,007 reviews)
"Infinity pool on the rooftop with a glass wall is amazing and the bar is great"

Reviewed on 12 Sep,2021

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JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Naha
JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Naha
3.5 out of 5
2-16-1 Makishi, Naha, Okinawa
The price is S$160 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Midorigaoka Park and Kokusai Dori. Tomari Port and Okinawa Prefectural Office are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (529 reviews)
"Quiet, Clean, Comfortable. Great location. Easy access from the airport."

Reviewed on 2 Mar,2021

JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Naha
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Nest Hotel Naha Kumoji
Nest Hotel Naha Kumoji
3 out of 5
2-22-1, Kumoji, Naha, Okinawa
The price is S$47 per night from 26 Sep to 26 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Nest Hotel Naha Kumoji
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
The price is S$92 per night from 7 Oct to 7 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Naha
JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Naha
3.5 out of 5
2-16-1 Makishi, Naha, Okinawa
The price is S$160 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Naha
HOTEL STRATA NAHA
HOTEL STRATA NAHA
3.5 out of 5
1-19-8 Makishi, Naha, Okinawa
The price is S$89 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
HOTEL STRATA NAHA
APA Hotel Naha
APA Hotel Naha
3 out of 5
1-4-16,Matsuyama, Naha, Okinawa-ken
The price is S$62 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
APA Hotel Naha
Hotel Lantana Naha Kokusai-Dori
Hotel Lantana Naha Kokusai-Dori
3 out of 5
2-8-1 Matsuo, Naha, Okinawa
The price is S$50 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Hotel Lantana Naha Kokusai-Dori
Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa
Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa
4.5 out of 5
3-6-20 Makishi, Naha, Okinawa-ken
The price is S$197 per night from 28 Sep to 28 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa
Hotel Collective
Hotel Collective
4.5 out of 5
Matsuo 2-5-7, Naha, Okinawa
The price is S$157 per night from 26 Sep to 26 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Hotel Collective
Tokyu Stay Okinawa Naha
Tokyu Stay Okinawa Naha
3 out of 5
3-2-1 Tsubokawa, Naha, Okinawa
The price is S$68 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Tokyu Stay Okinawa Naha
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.