Built on the site of the former Awase golf course, Aeon has turned the land into a massive shopping complex with 235 outlets. There’s over 78,000 square meters of retail space and over 80 restaurants so whatever you are looking for you’re sure to find something of interest.
The opening of the mall brings with it several new US brands to Okinawa.
We can’t promise that they have larger US sizes that you may be used to back home but for the first time in Okinawa there’s now Old Navy, Gap, Forever21, Skechers and American Eagle Outfitters amongst others.
There’s also a variety of international and US brand accessory, sports and beauty stores such as Oakley, The Body Shop, Billabong, and Giordano. When you’re shopped out you can grab some ice cream at the Cold Stone Creamery!
If you’re looking for Japanese fashion you may or may not have heard of before then there are a multitude of (mostly) women’s clothing stores to choose from. There’s also some Japanese brands such as Bic Camera, a massive electronics store. If you can’t find what you need in an independent shop the massive Aeon department store probably has it.
There’s some great options for Okinawa gifts and not the usual tourist assortment you find in Naha. Including, the awesome KuKuru which designs products using Okinawan textiles, to the Awamori and Sake tasting section in Jusco, to pick the perfect gift!
With over 80 restaurants there’s something for even the most picky of eaters! On the 4th floor is “Gourmet World” which is nothing like the food courts you may be used to back home. There are Okinawan names you may be used to like Jai Thai and Han’s Steak House as well as speciality stores just producing the most delicious fried potato you ever tasted!
Some of the other highlights are Ikinari Steak which was the only place with a long line when we visited mid-week; fresh cooked massive hunks of steak cooked and cut before your eyes. Also, Orion beer hall is not to be missed; who doesn’t love a plate of grilled sausages and a nice cold Orion!
To finish off there are plenty of dessert choices as well. There’s Jack in the Donuts if you’re feeling like a well known favourite, or for something more local try the shaved ice topped with fruit at Dragon Sweets.
It’s quite easy to miss out on going to the roof with the number of food choices on the 4th floor, but it’s worth exploring if you feel like more of a restaurant atmosphere instead of the food court.
There’s some very tempting choices, including the open front Wild Ocean Grill & Salad Bar, Red Lobster and several Japanese restaurants as well as Roy’s from Hawaii and also Kua’Aina burger joint. There’s also an event space and a great view especially at night!
The Aeon mall is located on route 23 close to Plaza housing and the Plaza house shopping center.