Comfort Hotel Naha Prefectural Office
Phone: (81) 98 941 7311
Fax: (81) 98 941 7312
Get a seat at the counter or melt into one of the sofas at Live in Guuwa. Here, jazz pianist Fumio Yara takes the stage every night to delight guests with his delicate style. Don't be afraid to chat with friends while he's performing - he encourages guests to feel at home, try the traditional Ryukyuan cuisine, and just enjoy the laid-back environment. Three sets are performed each night, beginning at 9:15p, 10:30p and midnight.
An intimate space for 20, this hole-in-the-wall venue is all about fun and relaxation. Set live performances and acoustic sets take place Thursday through Saturday, while patrons can feel free to use any of the instruments in the bar for open mic night on Mondays and Wednesdays. Tuesdays are particularly special, because that's when the proprietor takes the stage and dazzles the guests with magic tricks and fortune telling. The music, Western fare, and cocktails will have you leaving with a light heart.
With one location on Kume Street and another on the busy Kokusai Street, Ryukyu Cuisine & Dance Yotsudake serves set menus of traditional Ryukyuan cuisine and enhances the experience with classical Ryukyuan dancing. Traditionally, the Ryukyu Kingdom welcomed envoys from powerful countries with this kind of hospitality. Ryukyu Cuisine & Dance Yotsudake brings this tradition to the present, allowing visitors to experience the hospitality for which Okinawa has become renowned. The tables on the first floor are organized so that everyone can see the stage, though guests can also reserve a private room on the second floor. Reservations are highly recommended.
Musica's lighthearted quality makes for a relaxing setting after stressful day at work, and on Wednesdays, stand-up comedy sets will help you forget your troubles. Because of the great acoustics, live performances and public reading nights draw large crowds into this stylish bar. On nights when there aren't any live performances, the drinks, food and conversation still make for a great time. Check the websites for performer biographies and set schedules. Opening times may vary depending on the events.
American-owned karaoke bar and lounge, American Idol is a place where all can come for a night of letting loose. With the newest karaoke technology, songs in five different languages, and a staff that speaks English, this venue is perfect for international guests. Despite its attractive features, American Idol is also very affordable.
The owner, Toshiko Yamashiro, hails from Iheya Island in Northern Okinawa, and named the tavern after Iheya Island's symbol, the Nendo Hiramatsu (a type of pine tree). Conveniently located near Kokusai Street, the bar and restaurant serves an assortment of Ryukyuan dishes, and the couple performs traditional dances and songs. If you're feeling bold, you can put on a costume and do a free-spirited Okinawan dance called the Kachashi with the owners. The venue is closed on Wednesdays.
In a basement space in Naha City, Sachiko Nakada, Okinawa's queen of comedy, performs skits, dances and songs with family members and the Deigo-za performance group. Having done multiple TV shows and live events, Sachiko Nakada's goal is to preserve Uchina-guchi (the native Okinawan dialect) through her comedic performances. Food and drink are available at the venue.
Shimuta translates to "Island Song," and the venue hosts a variety of folk performers every night of the week, though Nenezu is the house band. Come here to listen to Ryukyuan folk singing accompanied by sanshin (Japanese lute), drink some awamori (Okinawan sake), and eat some local traditional cuisine. Doors open one hour before the first set, and there are usually three sets a night. Visitors are welcome to take pictures, but cannot tape or record the performances. The venue can also be rented out. Check the website for details, schedules, and fares.
Popular because of its live events, Club MnD is the venue for the trendsetters of Naha City. Don't be surprised if you're not the only tourist there - people from all over Japan will fly in just to go to a show. If you need a break, Gajumaru Square is a great place to catch a breath of fresh air before heading back in. The venue also does party events on the weekends, so call the club for details.
There's no better way to feel alive than to hear a riveting percussion or sanshin (Japanese lute) solo. At Masakaya Bar, a skilled family of musicians takes the stage, with the husband on the sanshin and the wife on the drums while their daughter sings. Newcomers are always welcome, and people can order the horse sashimi for a unique treat and wash it down with the local awamori (Okinawan liquor). Reservations by phone are required, since the venue only seats 11.
Tenbusu Hall is a large concert hall located in the heart of Naha City. Its facilities include rehearsal rooms, classrooms and of course, the concert hall. Many community events and karate or dance classes take place here, and anyone can reserve a room or the hall by phoning the venue administrators in advance. Traditional Ryukyuan dances are performed quite frequently. Check the website for details.
This venue was once a thriving cabaret theater, and has been transformed into one of the liveliest nightclubs in Naha City. The dramatic chandelier hanging from the ceiling hints to the club's cabaret past, but the disco balls set the party atmosphere. With standing room for 360, people crowd the doors to get a good spot from which to watch their favorite bands and live DJs perform. Prices and operating hours depend on the event, but ticket prices start at around JPY2000, and the doors generally open around 6:00p. Details are on the website.