Sunday, March 22, 2020

Okinawa, Japan Trip 2020 - Day 5 - The Covered Shopping area Heiwa Street Close to Kokusai Street (Travelled in January 2020)

This is an arcade that runs between Kokusai Street and Tsuboya Yachimun Street. The entrance on the Kokusai Street side is in front of Okinawa Mitsukoshi. There are numerous souvenir shops for younger people, with T-shirt shops and folk craft shops along the street. Also, Okinawan-style food courts and old fashioned clothes shops still remain in business here. As the arcade is connected to Yachimun Street and Sakurazaka, and you can pass to Makishi Public Market from the midst of the street, it is always crowded and ebullient.

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We went there after our breakfast, most shops were not open yet.

Almost every night, we would walked along Kokusai Street and the covered shopping area. We would scout for the best price for the local products before actually buying them. Our second last day in Okinawa, we spend the early morning to buy the local products before going for sightseeing.

We already did our homework during our last few days of scouting around. We found that one of the shop in the covered shopping area has the lowest price for the local products and snacks. Almost every shop sell the same brand of products and the expiry dates are similar. So our conclusion was to get from this shop as she had the best price. I got her name card. She spoke Japanese and very little english while I spoke mostly english hahaha and with hand signs we could communicate in getting discounts and her name cards haha.

Our shopping hauls from Okinawa, mostly from the shopping street and some from the airport.

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