A two kilometre stretch of almost non-stop stores, restaurants, and bars, Kokusai Dori is Naha's main shopping street. With its name of meaning "International Street", the location is a 'must see' for most tourists.
The palm tree-lined avenue runs through the centre of Naha City and is home to hundreds of stores, which are a mixture of international chains and small, independently run businesses.
Kokusai Dori is a great place for a little shopping, one of many great places to pick up some Okinawan souvenirs, such as bead bracelets and kariyushi shirts - the Japanese equivalent of an Aloha shirt, which is usually brightly coloured and features floral designs. More unusual gifts include habushu – a potent alcoholic drink which comes with a preserved pit viper in the bottle.
Every Sunday, a large part of Kokusai Dori is closed to traffic between 12 pm and 6 pm. This is a great time to visit, as the street closure attracts a large number of performers such as traditional dancers and fire-eaters.
- Matsuo, Naha 900-0014, Okinawa Prefecture
- A 1-minute walk from Makishi Station on the Yui Rail Monorail Line (for the eastern end of Kokusai Dori); A 2-minute walk from Asahibashi Station on the Yui Rail Monorail Line (for the western end of Kokusai Dori)