Best Halal Food Places & Hotels in Okinawa

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Though Okinawa is one of the lesser visited destinations for Muslims, there has been much effort to make Okinawa one of the Muslim friendly destinations. Most Malaysians or Southeast Asians love to visit Japan, and everyone just goes to the commercial places like Kyoto, Tokyo, Hokkaido and Osaka, and some are being creative to start exploring other parts of Japan.

Okinawa is one of the highly recommended Japanese island destinations, due to the fact that it is not easy to get to, but when you know how, it becomes a unique destination for the traveler. Okinawa is very close to Taiwan, and can be easily connected by cities like Taipei, Shanghai or even Tokyo.

Once you get here, a whole new interesting world awaits the Muslim traveler here in Okinawa, Japan, and this article will share some of the best Halal food places in Okinawa. You must know that the traditional Malaysian style Halal restaurants are not found here, but more Indian, Turkish and Middle Eastern Halal eateries.

Chicken Tandoori and Naan from Krishna in Okinawa. Photo by Okinawahai.

Krishna

Located in a shopping mall, Krishna serves authentic Indian curry, charcoal-grilled chicken tikka and many other traditional Indian food dishes. Generally, this is a true Indian restaurant which is Halal and will satisfy your curiosity if you are in serious need of Halal food.

Krishna

Address: 3rd Floor, Plaza House Shopping Center, 3-1-12 Kubota Okinawa City

Hours: 11.30 AM to 10.00 PM

Tel: 098-931-0885

The outdoor seating of the restaurant. Photo from E&C Facebook.

E&C Turkish Kebab Restaurant

Run by a Turkish-Okinawa couple, the Turkish husband is the chef while the wife operates the front of house for diners. You can expect some of the best Turkish food in Okinawa here. Can get crowded on weekends, but come early to get a table. Expect your regular lentle soup, Turkish pizza, cheese, hummus, egg plant, chicken kebab, baklava and the Turkish Coffee at this Halal restaurant.

E&C Turkish Kebab Restaurant

Address: 2-2-8 Chatan, Chatan-cho, Nakagami-gun 904-0116, Okinawa

Hours: 11.00 AM to 10.00 PM

Tel: +81 98-927-0189

The interesting entrance to Tubarama in Okinawa. Photo by Tubarama.

Tubarama

Kokusai Street is probably the most famous downtown area in Okinawa, and you can find Tubarama restaurant which serves local Okinawa cuisine. This is also a themed restaurant with outdoor seating and special performances or shows on selected days. Make a reservation in advance if you would like to have a Muslim-friendly meal.

Tubarama

Address: 2-7-25 Makishi, Nahashi, Okinawa 900-0013

Hours: 11.00 AM to 12.00 Midnight

Tel: 098-862-3124

The Turkish Kebab Restaurant in Okinawa. Photo Istanbul Kebab House.

Istanbul Kebab House Sunabe

A relatively new Halal restaurant that sells Turkish kebabs and also Middle Eastern cuisine. This restaurant is also operated by a Turkish husband and a Japanese wife. The special? Turkish belly dancing during dinner time! How can you not want to experience this. You can find all kinds of kebabs, Musaka, Taba, Kuzu, Hummus, Falafel, Yogurt and Japanese Curries. There is also Turkish pizzas, wraps and deserts available here.

Istanbul Kebab House Sunabe

Address: 3-51 Miyagi Chatan-Cho, Chatan-cho, Nakagami-gun 904-0113, Okinawa

Hours: 11.00 AM to 9.00 PM, Closed Thursdays

Tel: +81 98-936-1218

The former restaurant that will be reopened in September 2018. Photo by Google Maps.

Healthy Dining Banzai

Okinawa’s first ever “Muslim-friendly restaurant” and also certified by the Japan Halal Association. This buffet restaurant offers over 60 dishes, but when you walk in, you need to inform them that you are a Halal diner.

The buffet items that meet halal standards are clearly labeled for Muslim visitors here, so you need to look out for those signs that are clearly written in English. Some of the staff here also speak English too. The buffet restaurant offers all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for 1,480 yen and dinner buffet for 1,980 yen.

Please note: This restaurant has closed for renovations and will reopen again in September 2018 with a new design.

Healthy Dining Banzai

Address: 2-7-25 Omoromachi, Nahashi, Okinawa 900-0013

Hours: Monday: 18:00-23:00

Tuesday: 11:30-15:00

Wednesday: 18:00-23:00

Thursday: 11:30-15:00

Friday: 18:00-23:00

Saturday – Sunday: 11:30-15:00

Tel: 098-941-7755

Traditional Okinawa Ryukyu Cuisine. Photo from Mice Okinawa.

Ryukyuan Suitenro

One of the themed restaurants in Okinawa is the Ryukyuan Restaurant Suitenro, which is located in Kokusai Street. This unique eatery serves traditional Okinawa Ryukyu cuisine and is a very popular restaurant.

The restaurant has a total of four floors, and one of the perks of dining here is that you can watch a traditional Ryukyu dance during dinner. Seating types include common table seats, private rooms and also tatami seats. For Muslim diners, you need to make reservations and inform that that you require Halal food.

Ryukyuan Suitenro Restaurant

Address: 2-7-25 Makishi, Nahashi, Okinawa 900-0013

Hours: 11.00 AM to 12.00 Midnight

Tel: +81 98-863-4091


One of the beautiful resorts in Okinawa. Photo by SBOkinawa Facebook Page.

Muslim Friendly Hotel in Okinawa

There are a few hotels in Okinawa that cater to Muslim travelers, and one of them is actually certified Halal by the Nippon Asia Halal Association or NAHA. When booking the hotel, just be sure to inform them that you are a Muslim traveler and they will arrange the proper rooms and so on.

Yugaf Inn Hotel in Okinawa. Photo by Alfie0703 on Flickr.

Hotel Yugaf Inn Okinawa

This is the only hotel that is certified as Muslim-friendly by the Nippon Asia Halal Association, and special amenities, including prayer rugs, prayer timetable and a Qibla, will be provided to Muslim guests in their rooms. The hotel also has a Halal kitchen where dishes are prepared with halal-certified meat and ingredients on request. You can enjoy your Halal meals at the hotel’s breakfast and lunch buffets at all times.

Hotel Yugaf Inn Okinawa

453-1 Miyazato, Nago City

Tel: 0980-53-0031

Beautiful view of the seascape. Photo from KafuuResort Facebook.

Kafuu Resort Fuchaku Condo Hotels

This four star luxurious property offers 249 rooms with partial sea view of the central western part of Okinawa. Those wanting to explore the best of Okinawa can stay here as it is in between the north and south of Okinawa Island. For Muslim travelers, you need to inform them so they can prepare the relevant items for you. There is no Halal restaurant, but the hotel offers Muslim friendly facilities.

Kafuu Resort Fuchaku Condo Hotels

Address: 246-1 Onna, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture 904-0413, Japan

Phone: +81 98-964-7000

Website: https://www.kafuu-okinawa.jp/en/

The resort pool at Southern Beach Okinawa. Photo from SBOkinawa Facebook Page.

Southern Beach Hotel & Resort Okinawa

Located in the South West part of Okinawa Island is a Muslim friendly resort called Southern Beach Hotel and Resort. The strategic location of this resort makes it easy to move around the popular tourist areas in the southern part of the island. There are no Halal restaurants here, but the hotel provides Muslim friendly facilities, therefore you need to inform them before checking in.

Southern Beach Hotel & Resort Okinawa

Address: 1-6-1 Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture 901-0306, Japan

Phone: +81 98-992-7500

Website: https://www.southernbeachhotelresort.com/en-us

View of the resort in Okinawa. Photo from Mahaina Resort Facebook.

Mahaina Wellness Resorts Okinawa

Located in the North Western part of Okinawa Island is the Mahaina Wellness Resort, which is just next to the famous Okinawa Aquarium and Ocean Expo Park. This hotel offers 97 sea view rooms, and is well located within general restaurants and other places of interest. For Muslims, the hotel provides Muslim friendly facilities,but no Halal food.

Mahaina Wellness Resorts Okinawa

Address: 1456 Yamakawa Motobu‐Cho, Kunigami‐Gun, Okinawa

Tel: 098-051‐7700

Website: http://www.mahaina.co.jp/

Entrance to JAL City Hotel. Photo by JAL City Hotel Facebook.

JAL City Naha

Probably one of the more affordable hotels which is strategically located in Naha at Kokusai-Dori, and a 10 minute walk to the main monorail station. No Halal certification, but the hotel provides Muslim friendly facilities.

JAL City Naha

Address: 1‐3‐70 Makishi, Naha-shi, Okinawa

Tel: 098‐866‐2580

Website: https://www.naha.jalcity.co.jp/en/

The Pacific Hotel in Okinawa. Photo by Pacific Hotel Okinawa Facebook.

Pacific Hotel Okinawa

Located very close to the Okinawa international airport is one of the urban contemporary hotels in Naha city. The downtown area of Kokusai Street is just five minutes walk, while other amenities are close by. The hole may be old, with dated rooms, but the service is one of the best around as English is widely spoken by almost all staff. Not Halal, but they offer Muslim facilities for rooms.

Pacific Hotel Okinawa

Address: 3‐6‐1 Nishi, Naha‐Shi, Okinawa

Tel: 098‐868‐5162

Website: https://pacifichotel.jp/

View of the beach near Grand Mer Resort. Photo by Grand Mer Facebook.

Okinawa Grand Mer Resort

With 300 rooms, this is one of the resorts that is located just out of the main Naha city area and perfect for those wanting a little more peace and quiet. During the summer, the resort provides a summer garden event in the evenings with cocktails and live music. No Halal restaurant, but Muslim friendly facilities are available upon request.

Okinawa Grand Mer Resort

Address: 2‐8‐1 Yogi, Okinawa-Shi, Okinawa

Tel: 098‐931‐1500

Website: https://www.okinawa-grandmer.com/en/


 

David Hogan Jr
David Hogan Jr
A multiple award-winning travel writer, blogger and social media enthusiast. He has been traveling to Japan since 1990 and all over the world for his work. His work has been featured on CNN Travel, Yahoo Travel, Lonely Planet and many other publications. David writes at: http://malaysia-asia.my and is on social media platforms as @MalaysiaAsia

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