Naha Main Place is one of the most popular malls in Naha. For many tourists who don’t have much time (or willpower) to go around the city, explore and discover shops to buy souvenirs from, Naha Main Place is a godsend. Though prices may be a little bit on the steeper end of this mid-range mall, many people, tourists and locals alike, still prefer to go here than any other mall / shopping spot as Naha Main Place mainly because Naha Main Place has almost everything, making it more convenient for shoppers to find what they need. Here are seven things about Naha Main Place that might be of interest to you.
1. Go Crazy for Hello Kitty (and Other Sanrio Characters) Here
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There are a ton of Sanrio stores all over Japan but in Naha there are only two and the bigger one of them is located in Naha Main Place. Of course, if you’re not a big fan of Hello Kitty, you can also check out all the other Sanrio characters like My Melody, Pochacco, Keroppi and more.
- Name: Sanrio Store
- Address: Sanei Naha 2F, 4-4-9 Omoromachi, Naha-shi, Okinawa Prefecture
- Phone: +81 98-951-3358
- Website: http://www.sanrio.co.jp/
2. Tax-Free Shopping in Most Shops
Most shops inside the Naha Main Place shopping mall allow foreigners to shop tax-free which is perfect for those who intend to bring home a little bit of Okinawa with them but feel restricted because of tax / duties. Most shops will have a sign on their window / display stating that they offer tax-free shopping but, in case you see something you like at a shop that doesn’t have the sign, it’s always better to ask first.
3. Hard-t0-Find Items
Thanks to the internet and social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, we are finding out about more and more unique products that are unique to certain countries. In Japan, for example, matcha-flavored Kitkats, Sakura Pepsi, white strawberries, square watermelons, mini pineapples smaller than your fist are all the rage, especially among foreigners visiting the country. These products can be hard to come by but, if you’re lucky and you’re in Naha, you might just find them at the Naha Main Place supermarket.
4. International Cuisine Galore
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Whether it’s Japanese, American. Chinese, Italian, Thai, or French cuisine that you’re craving for, you’ll for sure find something you’ll want to munch on at Naha Main Place. With the first level of the mall filled with restaurants and fast food joints that feature international cuisines at every corner, you’ll never have to worry about not satisfying that craving.
5. Beer in the Cinema
Cinemas Q is one of the newest and biggest movie theaters in Naha. They screen the latest Japanese and foreign films with the latter featuring Japanese subtitles for the non-English speaking crowd. Children’s movies in English are also often dubbed in Japanese when shown here. What makes more people prefer Cinemas Q over other movie theaters is that while others allow only food and non-alcoholic drinks inside, Cinemas Q also allows beer and what could be a perfect way to enjoy a good movie that with a cold bottle, right?
- Name: Cinemas Q
- Address: Japan, Yubinbango900-0006 Okinawa Prefecture, Naha Omoromachi 4-4-9 SANEI Naha Main Place 2F
- Phone: +81 98-951-0011
6. High-End Designer Name Brands Can be Found Here
Shopaholics and brand junkies will surely rejoice when they discover that all their favorite designers including high-end name brands can be found at Naha Main Place. So whether it’s a gift, something to remember your trip by or something that someone back home asked you to get them that you’re looking for, there’s a big chance you might just find it in Naha Main Place.
7. There Are Only Two levels
Yes, you read that right. Naha Main Place only has two levels. On the first floor you will find a number of cafes and restaurants that feature flavors from around the world as well as two of its anchor tenant shops: Comme Ca Ism and Super Suits Store and on the second floor is where you’ll find anything and everything from the multitude of shops present including 100 Yen Plaza which, basically, is shoppers’ paradise.
Remember that Naha Main Place is a big mall so be sure you have plenty of time to spare walking and exploring if you want to get the most of your visit here.
Have a good trip and travel!