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Walk & Have Fun in Naha Part 1
Start Your Trip to Okinawa from Tsuboya Yachimun Street

post : 2017.10.18 18:00

After you arrive at Naha Airport, where do you go first? Rent a car shop? Resort area like Onna Village? Or go to a hotel straight ahead to check in? Everybody pick their destination with their preference or excitement, but maybe some people have not picked where to go first when they arrived in Okinawa. This time, I will teach you “the first step to start a trip to Okinawa” and a spot where you can walk and enjoy Okinawa without renting a car. I hope you will consider my suggestion as a part of your itinerary. 

The view from Asato Station

First, you need to buy 300 yen of 1-way ticket at Naha Airport and take a monorail. After 18 minutes, you will be arrived at Asato Station. Since Naha Airport Station is the starting station of monorail, you can sit any seats easily. By the way, you can access to the popular night market from Asato Station easily, but let's wait until it gets dark. 

Let’s head to this way.

While looking at Asato Ryubo supermarket on the left, walk on Route 330 toward south for about 6 min 11 sec, and then you will find the entrance of Tsuboya Yachimun Street. You might not miss the entrance, but I will add the addition information just in case: the entrance is right across from a red & yellow colored fast food restaurant. 

2 shisa welcome you at the entrance.

There is a big banyan tree behind shisa, and a well / uganju (a place to pray) is located in the root of banyan tree. Ceramic dragons are placed as they protect uganju, and this quiet place make people want to greet naturally.  

Once you step into Tsuboya Yachimun Street, you might recognize the good old Okinawan atmosphere unlike modern civilization. 

A funky looking shisa on the rooftop of Majiru Shoten. It looks good with the blue sky in the back.

A yawning cat looks adorable on this street.

Tsuboya area in Naha has its 335 years of history, and 37 of studios and shops are located in this area. The roots of Yachimun no Sato in Yomitan Village is actually in Tsuboya. Many potters moved to Yomitan Village because of the urbanization of Naha City. Since smoke that comes out of kilns was unsuitable for urbanized Naha City, potters moved to Yomitan Village and started Yachimun no Sato. 

Another good thing about Tsuboya Yachimun Street is that visitors can cross the street in about 15 minutes of walking. It means that everybody can feel the unique atmosphere of Okinawa 1 hour after arriving at Naha Airport. So isn’t it simple and reasonable way to spend time in Okinawa?

OK, I will show you all shops on Tsuboya Yachimun Street that we mentioned on Okinawa CLIP.

First, this is “Ikutouen.” You will find it on the right side of street after walking for about 4 minutes from the entrance, so you can walk slowly while taking photos.

Next, “yacchi&moon” shows up about in 2 minutes. “Kamany,” across from “yacchi&moon,” is a nice shop also.

GumaGuwa” shows up in 2 minutes.

Sprout” in 1 minute. 

And “Chataro” in 3 minutes.

These walking time were calculated while taking photos. And, don't you think the color of Bougainvillea looks bright and beautiful in the sunlight? 

I really like this housing with grass-covered rooftop because it looks artistic and expresses the art of time, so I always stop here everytime I come to this street.

“Pottery & Café Fenu Kama” is located 2 minutes away from “Chataro,” and historical Fenu Kama (south kiln) sites behind the café. It is no longer used, but it still remains the good-old scenery of Okinawa. 

When you look up at the sky and find Naha Municipal Tsuboya Pottery Museum and Hyatt Regency Naha Okinawa, that is the sign of the end of your short trip in Tsuboya.

The final shop that you can see in the end of the short trip is called “Kanenaga Shoji,” and several kinds of tools to shred carrot and papaya are available at this shop. These are useful, available with reasonable prices, and good as souvenirs. 

A shisa on the right side of above photo is the sign of the entrance of Ukishima Street. 

After passing Tsuboya Yachimun Street and turn left, you will find a big shisa there, and Ukishima Street starts from there. For your information, if you turn right from the end of Tsuboya Yachimun Street and keep walking for a while, you will be arrived at Kokusai Street. You can also access to Kokusai Street if you keep walking on Ukishima Street.

You will find “soi” right after entering Ukishima Street from Tsuboya.

After entering Ukishima Street and passing 4 blocks, you can find “soi” on the right, and there is “Mahou Coffee” on the left. Also, “mana” is located across from “Mahou Coffee,” so it gives you a hard time deciding which restaurants to go for lunch. 

Keep going straight, and there are “GARB DOMINGO” and “Jisakasu” on the left. You can find potteries and knickknacks at these shops (if you keep going further, you will find “Ukishima Garden,” but I will give more detail on this shop for Part 2.). 

Reasonable toll-parking lots are located after passing “Jisakasu.”

It takes about 5 minutes from the end of Tsuboya Yachimun Street to Jikasasu on foot, but many unique shops are located between Tsuboya – Ukishima Street. This might be a fun spot to look for knickknacks, walk, and take photos.

By the way, reasonable toll-parking lots are located on Ukishima Street, so it woud be better for visitors to park here and start walking from Ukishima Street to Tsuboya.

For “Walk & Have Fun in Naha Part 2,” I will introduce information about Ukishima Street, Makishi Public Market, and around Nigiwai Hiroba.

Okinawa CLIP photo writer Aya Asakura