Can't eat in restaurants? Okinawa spots to eat your to-go meals

21 Seiki no Mori (Photos by Shoji Kudaka)
21 Seiki no Mori (Photos by Shoji Kudaka)

Can't eat in restaurants? Okinawa spots to eat your to-go meals

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

Since the arrival of COVID-19, we’ve had to change a lot of our usual pastimes and activities. Dining at restaurants in is not really a good option right now. So, for me, grabbing my food to-go and sitting outside to enjoy it has been something I look forward to the most these days.

Sitting on a bench in a park or on a sandy Okinawan shore and taking a lunch break with a bento or a hamburger in my hands, helps me forget the lonely hours of staring at a computer screen at home. On one hand, I miss the days when I could enjoy sitting at a restaurant a care in the world. But, lunch with a view? Rolling green grass, clear blue skies or the sound of crashing waves definitely make my meals tastier than usual.

If you have spent some time on the island, I’m sure you have your favorite spots to take your lunch or dinner al fresco. Even if you are new to the island, don’t worry, Okinawa has plenty of beaches and parks to choose from.

Below are some of my favorite spots along the coast with great ocean views. So, give one or all of them a try as a way to liven up your mealtime.

Let’s go out and have a nice outdoor lunch!

Ginowan Kaihin Koen/Ginowan Seaside Park

This park offers the best of both worlds— grassy lawn and sandy beach. This spot is only a 10-minute drive from MCAS Futenma and Camp Foster (Gate 5). There is also a tiny peninsula which stretches out from the sandy shore, offering a nice view of the coastline. 
GPS coordinates: N 26.281082, E 127.733917
Hours: 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Araha Beach

This sandy beach area is the closest one to Camp Foster. It has an easy-going atmosphere and plenty of room for social distancing.  This spot also offers plenty of opportunities for a nice walk and a little exploration. Check out the pirate ship play area. Your kids will love it! And the view from this beach? Stunning!
GPS Coordinates: N 26.304111, E 127.758669
Hours: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunabe Seawall

This is a lively area near Kadena Air Base, where you can both pick up take-out from any of the numerous eateries in the neighborhood and sit along the seawall and enjoy. Although this spot has no sandy shore, having a burrito or tacos on the boardwalk will definitely give you a Santa Monica vibe.
GPS Coordinates: N 26.328952, E 127.744062

Umino Eki Ayahashi roadside park

This roadside station on the Kaichu-doro Causeway is a good place to stop by if you work on or live near White Beach and Camp Courtney. On-site food vendors serve up easy eats like pizza, hamburgers, tempura, soba noodles and more. Check it out!
GPS Coordinates: N 26.332603, E 127.928471

21 Seiki no Mori


A vast green grassy area and sandy beach are your options at this large park in Nago City. Stop for some burgers and fries at the A&W nearby and head over to this spot. Tasty grub, a nice sea breeze and beautiful views await!
GPS Coordinates: N 26.591346, E 127.969339
Hours: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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