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  • Writer's pictureAmy S

Exploring Okinawa | Tsuboya Yachimun Alley

Tucked right in the middle of Naha, near the famous Kokusai shopping district, is a little piece of the old Naha: Tsuboya Yachimun Street. Yachimun is Okinawa's word for pottery, and it is world renowned as it has been around for over 6,000 years. The streets here are lined with pottery shops and antiquities. The side streets also have hidden shop gems as well as a pottery museum and an old Ryukyuan styled home.

Not far from the museum, we found a sweet little shop tucked alone on a side street. When we purchased a sake set as a gift, the shop owner made us tea/coffee and talked story. It was such a special moment to share and we will never forget the kindness.

If you'd like to visit, they have a paid parking lot conveniently located on the Main Street. There are also little cafes and drink machines. We easily spent a couple of hours here exploring all of the shops and cafes. Japanese Yen is always recommended, but we found many shop owners accepted card as well.

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