Slurp away at these soba noodle restaurants on Okinawa

Slurp away at these soba noodle restaurants on Okinawa

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

You may have heard that it’s OK to slurp noodles in Japan. That is very well said and very true, and in Okinawa there are many soba noodle restaurants across the island for you to slurp to your heart’s content.


In the northern part of the land, Motobu Town is known for around 70 soba joints dotting local streets.


The mid-part of Okinawa has some famous soba joints near the U.S. military facilities, while the southern part, on the other hand, has many places, especially in and around Naha City. You can hop around from one soba place after another if you will.


So next time you run into a soba joint on a local street, stop in and slurp way like Okinawans. 


Soba Joints in Motobu town


- Yambaru Soba

A popular place, often crowded with tourists. Open 11 a.m. till food sold out. Closed Mon. and Tues. 70-1 Izumi, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun Okinawa 905-0221 (GPS coordinates: N 26.650532, E 127.949475/ Open Location Code(OLC): 7QR9MW2X+6Q


- Kishimoto Shokudo - Mt. Yaedake

A famous located near the mountain. Open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 350-1 Inoha, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun Okinawa 905-0228 (GPS coordinates: N 26.657147, E 127.910946 / Open Location Code(OLC): 7QR9MW46+V9  


- Champuroo Shokudo

A local diner near the Expo park. Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Wed. 392 Ishikawa, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun Okinawa 905-0206 (GPS coordinates: N 26.689689, E 127.880471/ Open Location Code(OLC): 7QR9MVQJ+V5


- BunBun Tei

A local diner near Sesoko Bridge. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Closed Wed. 863-1 Oohama, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun Okinawa 905-0212 (GPS coordinates: N 26.655504, E 127.883282/ Open Location Code(OLC): 7QR9MV4M+68


- Kairo

A local restaurant near the Expo Park. Open 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Closed Tues. 1056-1 Yamakawa, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun Okinawa 905-0205 (GPS coordinates: N 26.685012, E 127.877974/ Open Location Code(OLC): 7QR9MVPH+25



Other noodle joints up north


- Wankarawankara

Try their homemade jasmine-flavored noodles. Open 11:30 a.m. – 2p.m. (lunch), 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. 258 Maeganeku Onnason 904-0411; (GPS coordinates: N 26.445777, E 127.804441/ Open Location Code(OLC): 7QR9CRW3+8Q


- Yakasoba

Soba with pork rib so perfectly stewed it melts in your mouth. Open 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. 2842-2 Matsuda Kunigamigun Ginoza-son; (GPS coordinates: N 26.507094, E 127.992743/ Open Location Code(OLC): 7QR9GX4V+R3


- Ufuya

Okinawa soba and more with class, in an exquisite old Ryukyu-style house - an ideal location for that special occasion. Open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (lunch), 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. (dinner) 90 Nakayama, Nago 905-0004; (GPS coordinates: N 26.620996, E 127.963672/ Open Location Code(OLC): 7QR9JXC7+9F For more information, visit



Noodles near US military facilities 


- Hamaya

Located near Sunabe Seawall in Chatan, this is popular among locals and tourists, alike. Open 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. 2-99 Miyagi, Chatan-cho, Nakagami-gun 904-0113 (GPS coordinates: N 26.32931, E 127.74431/ Open Location Code(OLC): 7QR98PHV+PP


- Gabusoka Shokudo

This popular soba chain has a branch just a 10-minute walk from Kadena AB Gate 2. Their Okinawa soba broth is rich and tasty; Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 4-20-1 Uechi, Okinawa city, Okinawa 904-0031 (GPS coordinates: N 26.335679, E 127.791104 / Open Location Code(OLC): 7QR98QPR+7C


- Gen Restaurant

Near Camp Foster Gate 4, Gen offers a variety of local favorites. Their Moyashi soba comes highly recommended. Open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. 642-2 Oomura, Chatan-cho, Okinawa 904-0107 (GPS coordinates: N 26.305137, E 127.773403/ Open Location Code(OLC): 7QR98Q4F+39  



Joints in mid-island  


- Daruma Soba

A soba joint located north of Plaza Housing Area. Open 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.  2-13-20 Yamazato Okinawa 904-0033 (GPS coordinates: N 26.322308, E 127.789413/ Open Location Code(OLC): 7QR98QCQ+WQ



Soba down south and Naha


- Heiwaen Soba

A soba joint near the Peace Memorial Park. Open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 424-1 Mabuni Itoman City 901-0333 (GPS coordinates: N 26.098271, E 127.721851/ Open Location Code(OLC): 7QR93PXC+8P


- Ishigufuu Oroku Gushi (near Naha Air Port)

A chain that was the winner of the first Okinawa Soba Championship. Soba topped with roasted pork ribs are popular menu item. Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Closed Mon. 3-21-5 Gushi, Naha City, Okinawa 901-0146; (GPS coordinates: N 26.178946, E 127.656388/ Open Location Code (OLC): 7QR95MH4+HH


Soki Soba


Mix Soba (soki, nankotsu, sanmai-niku)


Sanmai-niku Soba


Nakami Soba


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