This is a public market in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture. It was set up in 1951 after WWII. This is the liveliest quarter of Okinawa and faces Kokusai Street. A lot of shops line the streets here, selling all kinds of things: Okinawan seafood, local fruits and vegetables, pork and beef, Okinawan-style tofu, kamaboko (fish paste), pickles, seasonings, sweets etc. You can also buy souvenirs, daily goods and sundries.
At the market, you can find porcupine, called "abasa" in Ryukyu language, parrotfish called "irabucha", takas ago fish, called "gurukun" and many other kinds of fish. At the butcher’s shop you can find various kinds of pork that is consumed in Okinawa. In fruit and vegetable shops, you will find goya (bitter gourd), shimarakkyo, pineapples, mangos and many other tropical fruits.
Many shops have a restaurant on the second floor, so you can get your vegetables cooked right on the spot. You can try "goya-chanpuru" and "soki-soba" without buying vegetables. There are also shops that offer "sata andagi", which are traditional Okinawan sweets. It is one of the main tourist spots of Naha and is full of customers from morning til dawn. Why don’t you try to experience Okinawa through getting to know local products, trying local food, buying souvenirs, and interacting with the locals?
Image Gallery: Makishi Public Market
Description: Makishi Public Market
|Sights||Makishi Public Market (第一牧志公設市場)|
2-10-1 Matsuo, Naha-shi, Okinawa
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 098-867-6560|
|Closed dates||Specific dates NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|