Unfortunately the Japanese have not mastered teleporation yet, but this is the next best thing: an authentic piece of OKinawa in a nondescript Kabukicho building. Okinawa Paradise is a lovely rough-and-tumble izakaya where Tokyo-based Okinawans mingle with locals over island delicacies such as goya champuru stir-fry and soki soba, all washed down with a glass of Orion beer or a cup of awamori. Stay for the Okinawa-born proprietor’s nightly performance of traditional songs and shamisen-playing, which usually brings the atmosphere to boiling point. This is the kind of place that’ll warm you up through and through, even on the coldest of evenings.
As the capital city of Japan, Tokyo is super convenient, and we don't just mean the public transport – although that's one of the factors that made us the best city in Asia in 2019. While Japan is a diverse country with many regional specialities, you can easily experience all the intricacies of Japanese culture without leaving Tokyo.
You can easily feast on the many regional bento lunch boxes available at train stations. But for something more fulfilling, you'll be glad to know that we have izakaya staging Okinawan musical performances, restaurants inspired by the colourful Nebuta festival in the northern prefecture of Aomori, and more. So if you're looking to experience other parts of Japan without leaving the capital, head to these themed restaurants, workshops and festivals in town.
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