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Kokusaidori Street

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Kokusaidori Street

Kokusaidori Street is the most popular tourist attraction located in downtown Naha, the most populated city in Okinawa. Kokusaidori or “international” in English, hosts a 2 kilometer stretch of varies shops, hotels, restaurants and bars attracting tens of thousands of visitors a year as an essential place to experience. The shops are full of local Okinawan goods can be seen occupied by both Japanese students on school trips and many foreign travelers at this street that never sleeps. Before the postwar reconstruction of Okinawa, this street used to be a dirt path with no life in sight. Today, it is viewed as a symbol of Okinawa’s miracle revival. Visitors can shop for souvenirs from cheap hand-made bracelets to expensive coral jewelry at high end shops. Travelers can get a taste of the specialty “Habushu” which is liquor containing the Okinawan poison viper, available for guests with an adventurous spirit. It is believed and loved in the Japanese community as a way to enhance performance by men with varies herbs and ginseng added within the unique cocktail. Purple sweet potatoes are offered to travelers known as “beni imo” in varies forms, a healthy and popular souvenirs said to be overloaded with antioxidants known to reduce cancer. Be amazed at all the specialty items sold on the street including clothing with traditional patters and the Okinawan Shisa, which come in many forms waiting to be discovered.