Okinawa sweets shops are a tasty treat!
Today you can buy some popular Ryukyu-kashi in any supermarket or even convenience stores. But the following two businesses are known for their quality and authentic Ryukyu-kashi.
Arakaki Kashiten is known for its authentic tasting Chinsuko.
“The founder of this store, Arakaki Pe-chin Shukuku, served three kings during the Ryukyu Kingdom as a royal chef,” said Masae Arakaki of the shop. “We have inherited his legacy and expertise, and keep providing authentic Ryukyuan tastes from generation to generation.”
Arakaki Kashiten recently added seseme and chocolate chinsuko to it menu. Arakaki Kashiten has branches on Kokusai Street in Naha City (098-863-0121) and one in Nanjo City (098-948-3943).
Open: Mon – Sat, 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., (Sun 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) (Closed Jan.1-3 and during bon period)
Location: 1-81-8 Syuri Samukawacho, Naha City, Okinawa
URL: www.chinsuko.com/ (Japanese)
For more information: call 098-886-6236 (Japanese)
Okashi Goten is one of the largest sweets shops on the island and sells not only traditional sweets, but also wagashi and Western sweets. Its most popular item is “Beniimo Tart”, made from local purple yams. In the shop, you can sample almost every sweet for sale. Okashi Goten has branch shops in Yomitanson (098-958-7333), Onnason (090-982-3388), Kokusai Street in Naha City (098-862-0334), Nago City (0980-54-8515), Naha Airport (098-859-7234) and Ishigaki Island (0980-87-0352).
Open: 8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Location: 657-1 Uza Aza Yomitanson, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa
URL: www.okashigoten.co.jp/ (Japanese)
For more information: call 098-958-7333 (Japanese)