Naha City
From top left: Shuri Castle, Shureimon, Kokusai dōri, Kinjocho Ishidatami-michi, Central Naha
From top left: Shuri Castle, Shureimon, Kokusai dōri, Kinjocho Ishidatami-michi, Central Naha
Flag of Naha
Official logo of Naha
Location of Naha in Okinawa Prefecture
Location of Naha in Okinawa Prefecture
Naha is located in Japan
Location of Naha in Okinawa Prefecture
Coordinates: 26°12′44″N 127°40′45″E / 26°12′44″N 127°40′45″E / 26.21222; 127.67917
Japanese name

Naha (那覇市, Naha-shi, Japanese: [naꜜha], Okinawan: Naafa) is the capital city of the Okinawa Prefecture, the southernmost prefecture of Japan.

As of December 2012, the city has an estimated population of 321,467[1] and a population density of 8,244.46 persons per km². The total area is 38.99 km².

Naha is a city on the East China Sea coast of the southern part of Okinawa Island, the largest of Okinawa Prefecture. The modern city was officially founded on May 20, 1921. Before that Naha had been for centuries one of the most important and populous sites in Okinawa.

Naha is the political, economic and education center of Okinawa Prefecture. In the medieval and early modern periods,[2] it was the commercial center of the Ryūkyū Kingdom.


City center

Central Naha consists of the Palette Kumoji shopping mall, the Okinawa Prefecture Office, Naha City Hall, and many banks and corporations, located at the west end of Kokusai-dōri, the city's main street. Kokusai-dōri (国際通り, "International Avenue") boasts a 1.6 kilometre long stretch of stores, restaurants and bars. Kokusai-dōri ends at the main bus terminal in Okinawa and is served by several stations along the Okinawa Monorail, the only train system in the prefecture.

Spurring off from Kokusai-dōri is the covered Heiwa-dōri Shopping Arcade and Makishi Public Market, a massive shōtengai filled with fresh fish, meat, and produce stands, restaurants, tourist goods shops, and liquor shops. Just outside the market area is the neighborhood of Tsuboya (壺屋, "pot/jar shop"), which was once a major center of ceramic production (see Tsuboya-yaki).

Northeast of Kokusai-dōri is a relatively new commercial district called Shintoshin (新都心, "New Metropolitan Center"). The area, formerly United States military housing, was released to Okinawa in 1987, but major development only began in the mid-1990s. Omoromachi Station is attached directly to an upscale shopping mall; another mall, Naha Main Place, a few hundred meters down the street, contains many upscale Western-brand fashion boutiques, with restaurants and other shops. Frequented by young people, the area boasts large stores such as Toys R Us and Best Denki (an electronics store), a co-op market, many restaurants and a movie theater.

The Okinawa Prefectural Museum, containing sections devoted to the art, history, and natural history of the Ryukyus, opened in the area in November 2007 and sits in front of Shintoshin Park.

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asturianu: Naha
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Bân-lâm-gú: Naha-chhī
беларуская: Наха
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Cebuano: Naha Shi
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客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Naha-sṳ
한국어: 나하시
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Bahasa Indonesia: Naha
italiano: Naha
עברית: נהה
ქართული: ნაჰა
Kiswahili: Naha, Okinawa
lietuvių: Naha
magyar: Naha
Malagasy: Naha
मराठी: नाहा
مازِرونی: ناها، اوکیناوا
Bahasa Melayu: Naha, Okinawa
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Naha-chê
Nederlands: Naha (Okinawa)
日本語: 那覇市
norsk: Naha
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русский: Наха
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Tagalog: Naha, Okinawa
ไทย: นาฮะ
тоҷикӣ: Наҳа
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Tiếng Việt: Naha
文言: 那霸市
Winaray: Naha, Okinawa
粵語: 那霸
中文: 那霸市