The small town of Chatan, in the central area of Okinawa Prefecture, about 15 km from central Naha, the capital, has 3 beaches. One is Sunset Beach, next to the American Village complex.
The place is so famous and so frequented that there are direct buses from Naha Airport.
From this wonderful complex you can enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets of the Ryukyu archipelago, as besides the beach there are cafes, hot springs, restaurants and hotels that provide this spectacle of nature.
Free wifi and tuk-tuk to roam around
All this space can be enjoyed during a day of leisure, walking and stopping in stores to shop, from souvenirs to fashion and gourmet. It’s all very tempting as it has American brands that are not present elsewhere in the country.
But there are also interesting things about the island like the famous creative flip-flops, local cuisine and music. And you can take a ride on the colorful ferris wheel.
To get around the area you can use tuk-tuk and electric carts. To ensure beautiful photos on social networks use good quality free WiFi.
At the end of the day be sure to enjoy the sunset and also the live music (street music) that happens almost daily. They are very good solo groups or singers who perform.
Best American Style Meats and Hamburgers
If you like hamburger get ready. You will be delighted with the best, pure beef preparations. Sandwiches can be simple, but also real towers to satisfy the hungry.
And of course, to go with it, one could not miss the famous potato chips, also in Uncle Sam’s country style.
And if you like steak get ready to taste the chops or T-bone with that juicy kebab and steak.
What is interesting is the relaxed atmosphere of the decoration of the environments, always referring to the American culture of the past decades or those that marked the epoch.
There are hundreds of colorful places
The commercial buildings in the area are called Depot Island, ranging from A to E and also Seaside. Try to find your favorite store or restaurant on the upper floors as well.
There are other buildings like Akara, Vessel Hotel, Distortion Fashion, Vallage House, Chatan’s, Ouk Fashion, Distortion Seaside and others, with convenience stores, drug stores, Blue Seal ice cream and even bar and disco.
Between one building and another there are always wooden benches to sit on and pause for a walk.
As the military must return by midnight to their bases, everything closes there before that time. So if you plan to eat and drink, do so until around 9pm. Otherwise you risk not being able to serve yourself anymore. Near the American village has a steak house, Fogo Brazil , where you have a beautiful view.
If you are in Okinawa for any holiday season such as Halloween, Christmas or New Year, enjoy celebrating in the American style!
- Depot Island Stores: 10am – 9pm
- Restaurants and Cafes: around 10pm
- Parking: Free
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Location: Touch here to open map.
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