Category: Japan

[JP] Back to the Meiji Era – Makabe Chinaa (茶処真壁ちなー)

Makabe Chinaa (茶処真壁ちなー) is a 120-year-old Okinawan folk house that has been renovated and changed to a restaurant. It's located in the suburb of Southern Okinawa, Itoman city. The house was built in 1891 and designated as a registered tangible cultural property in Japan. The house has quite a history, which had survived the fires of war, but still standing strong today. The red roof tiles and the wooden framework inside adds a touch of Okinawan and nostalgic feeling to the restaurant. It made me felt like returning to my grandparents'.

[JP] Street Food Crawl – Kokusai Yatai Village

“Yatai” is a Japanese-style street food stall, which often only limited to just selling one item. Kokusai Yatai Village located in the Mashiki district of Naha city features a variety of Yatai-style small restaurants in one complex. Soon after the opening, it instantly became a hot spot among visitors and locals. There are 22 restaurants in the complex that serve dishes like sushi, yakiniku, yakitori, ramen, soba noodles and more! It's perfect for tourists who are only there for a short period of time, but would like to try everything!

[JP] More Than a Century Ryukyu Folk House – Ufuya (大家 うふやー)

If you're looking for traditional Okinawan cuisine and the phantom of Agu pork, Ufuya (大家 うふやー) is the place to go! Located in Nakayama, Nago city (mid-north of Okinawa), the restaurant was revamped from an old traditional Okinawan folk house that was built in 1901. The restaurant is really popular among the tourists, as well as the locals. It is recommended that you make the reservations, otherwise expect an hour wait!

[JP] Top of the Hill – Ishinagu (石なぐ)

Around the northern part of Okinawa, Ishinagu is a hidden gem at the top of a hill. It was an impromptu visit, because the restaurant that we originally planned to go was closed, so I had to do a quick search to see what's near by, and found this place! It's the least touristy restaurant that we've been to. Only restaurant without a foreign language menu, but the staffs and chefs were friendly, and the food and experiences made it one of the best meals we had.

[JP] A Guide to Okinawa

Okinawa is Japan's southernmost prefecture, consisting of a few dozen, small islands (Ishigaki island being the most famous one). Surrounding by the emerald blue seas and white beaches, it's been one of the most popular beach destinations for tourists around the world, especially the asians. The beaches are only open from April to October during the year. However, winter isn't boring, it was still tons of fun when I went in end of January!