Saturday, January 25, 2020
Okinawa, Japan Trip 2020 - Day 1 - Kokusai Street, Makishi Public Market (Travelled in January 2020)
After alighting from the Prefecture Office Monorail Station, we made our way to Hotel Gracery, a mere 5 minutes walk. As we were still very early, we could not check into the hotel first. The check in time is 2 pm, so we left our luggages with the reception. We walked along Kokusai Street, as it was morning, a lot of shops were not open yet. Most of the shops open around 10 am and closed around 10 pm. The street was very clean and beautiful. The weather at this time was very cold but unlike in mainland Japan, there's no snow here. Okinawa looked so different from Tokyo or Osaka, most buildings are modern looking, not many ancient Japanese houses or temples we could see. A short walk from Hotel Gracery is Makishi Public Market. It is easy to locate, turn right to the alley opposite Hotel JAL. This market building is only temporary cause the original market is underoing some renovation. There's restaurants upstairs in the market, one can buy seafood from the stalls on the lower level and bring up to the restaurants to cook for a fee. Next to the market is a sheltered shopping arcade, there's lots of shops in here and we found one shop selling local products very cheaply. Most shops sell almost identical snacks and the prices vary. This shop in the sheltered arcade sell the cheapest. Will post the address of the shop in later post. We were in Okinawa for 6 days, so we waited the last day to buy the local prodcuts, so we had plenty chances scouting the best prices for the local products haha. Easily spend few hours here, cause there's three alleys of sheltered shopping arcade here but most shops dont open early cause they closed quite late at night.