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Enjoy the southern islands at night! 5 Recommended Okinawa Night Spots

Okinawa, an area that's warm all year round, has plenty of spots you can enjoy at night! Here are 5 recommended night spots that you can enjoy for an Okinawa-like night.

1. Shuri Castle

Shuri Castle was the center of government and culture in the Ryukyu Kingdom (1429-1879), the kingdom that ruled Okinawa and the other southern islands. Currently it is a famous sightseeing spot that is also a World Heritage Site. At night, the castle and the facade are lit up (from sundown to midnight). It's a popular time to go because it gives the area a magical atmosphere very different to how it looks during the day. After it closes you can't go inside, but you can look at it from the free area outside. Depending on the area, there are no outside lights, so it might be good to check during the day where it would be good to stand. This is recommended for people who want to see a beautiful night sight filled with Okinawan aesthetics.

1. Shuri Castle

1-2 Shurikinjo-cho, Naha-shi, Okinawa

2. Jack's Steakhouse

Jack's Steakhouse is a restaurant beloved by locals. It's in business until 1:30 am, and the thick, voluminous steak is popular. Throughout Japan, many people eat ramen to finish off a night of drinking, but apparently in Okinawa, some people have steak instead. Since you've gone all the way to Okinawa, why not enjoy finishing a night of drinking the Okinawan way? The tenderloin steak (2,100 JPY for an S, 2,300 JPY for an M, 2,500 JPY for an L (all incl. tax)) that has little fat but is full of flavor is famous.

2. Jack's Steakhouse

1-7-3 Nishi, Naha-shi, Okinawa

3. CROWN

CROWN is Okinawa's top nightclub with a dance floor that can hold 1,000 people and 150 seats on the first floor, and a VIP lounge and VIP rooms on the 2nd floor. The genre of the songs changes depending on the event, but they play a wide variety, including hip-hop, R&B, reggae, EDM, K-pop, and J-pop, from 90s classics to modern hits. DJs include VDJs that play music videos along with the music. It opens at 10:00 pm. This is the place to go if you want to have an exciting Okinawa night!

*Photo is for illustration purposes.

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3. CROWN

Fujiya Scratch Building 2F, 2-15-8 Matsuyama, Naha-shi, Okinawa

4. Bar Okinawa BASE

Bar Okinawa BASE is a bar offering original cuisine made with Okinawan ingredients as well as fruit cocktails and wine. The ajillo made with Japanese tiger prawn from Kume Island (850 JPY) uses prawn shipped directly from the source, the homemade ham using Okinawan pork (850 JPY) that is marinated in homemade salt, black sugar, and herbs and takes a week to make are examples of their dishes that go excellently with liquor. The homemade brandy spritzer (500 JPY) made with seasonal Okinawa fruits is a popular cocktail evocative of the southern islands. This bar is open until 3:00 am, so you can enjoy the Okinawan nights as you leisurely drink.

4. Bar Okinawa BASE

Executive Stay Kumoji 1F, 2-4-18 Kumoji, Naha-shi, Okinawa

5. Minyo Stage Utahime

Minyo Stage Utahime is a night spot where you can enjoy Okinawa's local liquor called awamori while listening to live Okinawan folk music. Their customers range from local folk music fans to tourists. If you visit in a group of four or more people, the awamori all-you-can-drink plan is a great deal. It starts at 3,000 JPY for two hours, which includes the concert charge (usually 1,000 JPY). There are also all-you-can-drink plans that include wine and beer. You can enjoy drinking and dancing to Okinawan folk music all night!

*Photo is for illustration purposes

5. Minyo Stage Utahime

Haisai Okinawa Building B1F, 1-2-31 Makishi, Naha-shi, Okinawa

Cool Okinawan nights after the heat has calmed down are perfect for going out and enjoying yourself! There are many ways to enjoy yourself, including enjoying the night scenery, dancing, cuisine, folk music, and more. Please enjoy the night spot that suits you best!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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