Get to know traditional arts and see some of the finest works in the areas around Kokusai Street. Learn more about the history of traditional art in Naha, try your hand at creating a masterpiece of your own, interact with the top artists of the day, or go on a shopping spree. The perfect option, even for those with packed schedules.
START : Makishi Station
Naha City Traditional Arts & Crafts Center
A collection of artwork created in Naha.
A place to learn about five different traditional crafts listed as cultural heritage: Ryukyu bingata dyecloth, Shuri-ori fabric, Tsuboya ware pottery, Ryukyuan Lacquer, and Ryukyu Glass. Enjoy the gallery with works by Living National Treasures with accompanying explanations, the showroom selling creations by experience artisans, or one of the hands-on workshops.
Naha Tug-of-war monument
The main attraction of Naha's biggest festival
Get a close look at the rope that was used for Naha Great Tug-of-War, which takes place every year in October. Only the "heads" (the loops making the center knot) are on display, the actual rope being 200m long and weighing about 40 tons.
For both the contemporary and traditional
This shop sells a selection of items blending traditional and modern tastes made by craftspeople from all over Okinawa. This is a place where old-school artisans and young creators meet, with a commitment to present strong, daring, deep, and personal designs.
Mitsuo Shisa Museum
A privately owned museum all about shisa lions
The shisa lions designed by artist Miyagi Mitsuo are instantly recognizable for the way they update an Okinawan classic with a modern sensibilities. Molded from plaster and given life using techniques borrowed from all kinds of visual arts, his unique creations can be seen and even purchased as souvenirs at his gallery.
- Naha City Traditional Arts & Crafts Center
- Naha Tug-of-war monument
- Mitsuo Shisa Museum