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Okinawa Island Guide

A fresh breeze in Japanese cuisine



Sushi rolls you’ve just got to try

The sushi roll was born as a result of the increasing popularity of Japanese sushi abroad. The sushi roll, for example the California Roll, uses avocado, crabsticks and cucumber as toppings instead of sashimi, with nori rolled inside it. The sushi roll won the approval of Americans, who were familiar with neither raw seafood nor nori, in the ’80s. Today, the US-conceived sushi roll has been re-imported to Japan and is enjoyed at casual places such as izakaya. The sushi roll continues to evolve, with more and more types becoming available every day. Each sushi bar and restaurant puts their own twist on their sushi rolls to make them even more original and creative. You will surely find your favorite sushi rolls in Okinawa.



Okinawa’s number-one sushi bar

Sushi bar Yoshihachi, opened by chef Yoshio Maekawa 19 years ago, is the pioneer of sushi rolls in Okinawa. Maekawa started making original, innovative sushi rolls in the ’80s, when he was working in the States. More than 30 varieties of sushi rolls include Love Rolls, with the sweet aroma of brandy, and Soft-shell Crab Rolls. In addition to sushi, a range of food items is available on the menu. The restaurant is the most popular sushi bar in Okinawa among Americans, and it opens at 4:30 p.m. for US military customers who leave the office around that time. The place is packed with foreign clientele every day.


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Yoshihachi’s owner, ”samurai” sushi master Yoshio Maekawa, demonstrating the Yanagiba kitchen knife. The majority of his time in the States was spent in California. Living by his motto, ”The art of cuisine should evolve as time passes,” he continues to create new sushi rolls.



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Chatan Roll® with shrimp, masago (capelin roe), avocado, caviar, cream cheese and cucumber (800 yen).
Sushi Bar Yoshihachi’s original, the Sweet Potato Rainbow Roll, with Okinawan sweet potato, pumpkin, avocado and crab. (900 yen).
Yoshihachi California Roll® with avocado, crab and masago (capelin roe) (600 yen).
Soft-shell Crab Roll® with soft-shell crab, avocado and sprouts (800 yen).


  • Sushi Bar Yoshihachi
  • 590-2 Kuwae, Chatan Town
  • Tel: 098-936-2359
  • Hours: 16:30-24:00
  • Closed:Tue
  • No credit cards/$ accepted
  • English menu available



A modern sushi restaurant in Mihama

Served in a spacious white interior with an open kitchen, Okinawa Kami Sushi’s wide-ranging menu is also rich in the familiar: standard hand-shaped sushi prepared with fresh, select ingredients, 20 different kinds of creative sushi rolls, tempura and a variety of traditional Japanese dishes. Located on the second floor of Mihama Seaside Square, the restaurant affords a beautiful view of the Ferris wheel at night.


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Reasonably priced lunch set with hand-shaped and rolled sushi, and tempura (¥980)


Kami Sushi, located in Chatan’s Mihama area near the iconic Ferris wheel, is a modern sushi restaurant with a spacious white interior. A reasonably priced lunch set with hand-shaped and rolled sushi plus tempura (980 yen) is among the most popular choices at Kami Sushi. Their extensive menu also excels in the familiar: standard sushi, 20 different kinds of creative sushi rolls, tempura and a variety of traditional Japanese dishes, all prepared by the immensely talented chef, who worked at one of the premier hotels in Okinawa for over 20 years.



From left to right
Dynamite roll with crabstick, avocado, scallop, masago (capelin roe) and Japanese-style mayo sauce (1,100 yen).
Tiger roll with shrimp tempura, crabstick, avocado and cucumber (1,200 yen)
Rainbow roll with crabstick, avocado, tuna, Japanese amberjack, salmon, white fish meat and shrimp (1,200 yen).
Kami roll with fish tempura, avocado, tempura crumbs (1,000 yen).


  • Okinawa Kami Sushi
  • Seaside Square 2F, 9-8 Mihama, Chatan Town
  • Tel: 098-926-3290
  • Hours: Lunch 11:00-15:00; dinner 17:00-23:00
  • Open daily
  • No $
  • Credit cards accepted
  • English menu available