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What To Eat In Okinawa!


While in Okinawa, you should make the best of this unique food culture. Here's what to eat if you want to live over 100 years old and to enjoy the best of what Okinawa has to offer! Enjoy this uncommon culinary travel!

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The Best Things To Eat In Okinawa!

Okinawa has a very strong and unique local culture. The tropical climate makes it possible for Okinawa to have a rich variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, which is an important part of the Okinawan cuisine.
Furthermore, Okinawa is known for its longevity. In fact, it is the region with the most centenarians. Many say it is thanks to their healthy dietary habits.
Let's dive into Okinawa's cuisine to see what sets it apart and what is a must-try while you're there.

Umibudo (海ぶどう)

The nice taste and texture is not the only reason you should try umibudo. The seaweed also has many health benefits because it is rich in nutrients. Seagrapes are rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, zinc and iron. They also contain a high level of vegetable protein per calorie and a good amount of omega3 fatty acids! (For more information, click on the link below.)

Okinawa Soba

Okinawa soba is probably the most famous Okinawa cuisine among Japanese people. They use noodles that are similar to Chinese noodles, and generally, tonkotsu (pork) and bonito are used for soup. There are a lot of variations among each region in Okinawa. For toppings, spear ribs or pork meat is used along with green onions.

There are 4 different types of soba in Okinawa, including the most popular Okinawa soba, Miyako soba, Yaeyama/Ishigaki soba, and Daito soba. The most remarkable difference is their noodles.

Ice Cream

Blue Seal is by far the most famous ice cream brand in Okinawa. It is originally from America, but given how much popularity they got, mainly thanks to the local Navy, they started localizing their ice cream flavours, such as Ryukyu Royal Milk Tea, Shiiquasa Sherbet (a local citrus), Ube (purple yam), Beni-imo (Okinawa sweet potato), etc. There are so many tasty local ice cream flavours to try!


Mozuku is a brown type of seaweed that is the pride of Okinawa. 99% of the world's production is made in the Southern archipelago of Japan, known for being the place with the longest human life expectancy. Mozuku is found to be a very powerful ingredient in suppressing tumours.

Western Cuisine At the American Village

The American Village serves all kinds of delicious food, from hearty American burgers to tacos without forgetting fusion food such as taco rice, an Okinawa specialty. There are at least three burger shops to try from!

Vegan Cuisine

With its abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, vegan cuisine gives you the chance to enjoy them in its purest form. You can enjoy delicious local dishes and sweets minus the guilt.

Korean Cuisine

Given its proximity with South Korea, this is about the closest you get to authentic Korean cuisine (pun intended). On a hot summer night, there's right about nothing better than tasty Korean BBQ and a nice cold beer. How about Orion beer to keep a local touch?

Local Cafe Culture

While in Okinawa, it would almost be a shame to not take advantage of this breathtaking view every single day. Here are some awesome cafes in Okinawa with an awesome view!


While in Okinawa, you should make the best of this unique food culture. Here's what to eat if you want to live over 100 years old and to enjoy the best of what Okinawa has to offer! Enjoy this uncommon culinary travel!
Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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