3 Okinawa Icy cool tropical desserts you cannot miss
The most important Okinawan fruits!
The king of Okinawan fruits, the apple mango is known for its sweetness.
A juicy fruit with a strong fruity aroma that you can have raw. It is also called ‘panshiru’ in Okinawa.
There are many different varieties including beach pineapple, with its sweet aroma. The most pineapples in Japan are produced by Higashi-son Village in the northern part of the Main Island of Okinawa.
A locally grown banana with concentrated sweetness. It’s more expensive than regular bananas as its production is very limited.
A fruit belonging to the cactus family, its red or white flesh has a light taste (despite what you expect from its appearance).
A fruit commonly used in sour juices and as a replacement for sudachi lemon. In Japanese it is called the ‘Hirami’ lemon.
Known for its jelly-like flesh, the seeds are edible, giving the flesh that lumpy texture.
Ice mountain (shaved ice) with tropical fruits
It’s a fruit pyramid! The ice cream and fruit toppings complement each other very well.
Gelato loaded with tropical fruits and famous local snacks. There are plenty of chilly sweets that bring a smile with each bite. Cool down with zenzai and other delicious treats.
Soupple (dragon fruit) ¥450
A mix of jelly and fruit juice. Come experience this low calorie juice!
Ice cream champuru ¥500
Your choice of ice cream with rice pearls and yoghurt. Limited from Oct to Jun.
Ryu-Pin 琉冰 West Cost Resort
Well-known for its shaved ice topped with locally farmed seasonal fruits, there is a rich variety to pick from, especially during summer, including mango, pineapple, dragon fruit and others. Expect a long queue during holidays.
Kin Onna no Eki, 1656-9, Nakadomari, Onna-son Village
4km from Ishikawa IC
10 am – 7 pm
Use benches at Onna No Eki (non-smoking tables available)
* Fruit availability will vary by season
‘This is Southern Country!’ is shown at the entrance. The staff are also friendly.
Okinawa fruit parfait ¥1300
The refreshing homemade frozen yogurt brings out the flavour of the fruits.
Papaya Island Banana Watermelon Dragon fruit Starfruit Yam Passion fruit Sheqwasa
BRILLIANTE MOTOBU HILLS Near Churaumi Aquarium
Luxurious sweets with the taste of local fruits! Have a moment of bliss on the terrace seats with a view of the East China Sea and Sesokojima Island.
522-1, Sakimotobu, Motobu-cho
20 km from Kyoda IC
11.30 am – 6 pm
Thu– Fri (Jul–Sep, Thu only)
32 seats (non-smoking café)
* Lodgings are available.
Traditional taste zenzai: 3-coloured kintoki
Okinawan zenzai is not a red bean soup, but a dessert of shaved ice. Cool and sweet, zenzai is a traditional dessert in Okinawa for summer.
Made with 3 colours from strawberry, lemon and melon syrup. This beautiful zenzai was born in this veteran shop.
Higashi Shokudo ひがし食堂 Near Churaumi Aquarium
Opened 38 years ago, cold dishes such as zenzai are well-loved here. The most popular item is milk zenzai (¥360).
2-7-1, Ohigashi, Nago City
8km from Kyoda IC
11 am – 6.30 pm last order
Mon (Jul–Aug, none)
30 seats (non-smoking store)
* This store has that lively, big city atmosphere.
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