CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY

Aeon is a chain of malls found throughout Japan and Asia. They are the biggest retail operator on the continent. On Okinawa, they are spread throughout the prefecture, so you’re likely near one wherever you are! Never been? Here’s a little guide for when you do!

aeon mall

Malls

The best known on the island is the brand new mall on Rycom, a stone’s throw from Foster’s Plaza Housing. There’s also locations in Mihama, next to American Village (formerly known as Jusco), Nago, Naha, and other locations. In general, they all have a wide variety of shops, including some well-known Western brands (such as Forever 21), as well as Aeon’s own brand of goods.

Aeon mall

There are also toilets, restaurants and cafes, a games arcade (the one in Rycom is super fun!), gashapon (capsule machines), and parking. One of my favorite shops is Village Vanguard, a crazy shop jam packed with all the weird and wonderful things you can usually only find in Japan, such as anime gifts, unusual mugs, clever gadgets, and all things cat-related.

gifts section, Aeon mall

I’m also a big fan of Mister Donut, which is, predictably, a donut shop. Grab yourself a tasty bubble tea and one (okay three, let’s not kid ourselves) of their amazing donuts. Everything is fresh and delicious.

parking lot, Aeon mall

Aeon Mall Mihama

 

Big Express

Aeon malls

These are supermarkets. Again they have lots of locations all over the island. They all sell fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, and everything you’d expect to see in any supermarket the world over.

groceries on sale at Aeon malls

Price wise they are pretty good value, easy to navigate, and they have some amazing local foods on offer. Favorites include the Taco rice mix and the milk tea. The milk tea is amazing value, great for a tea lover such as myself!

Aeon Malls


Aeon Shopping Center

Pro Tip: Bring your own reusable bag – you will be charged for plastic bags at checkout

Payment: Yen, credit card

Hours: Vary by store

Aeon Stores on Okinawa: www.aeon-ryukyu.jp/store/
(Website is in Japanese; use the Chrome browser to automatically translate into English!)

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The map below is for the Aeon located in Mihama, next to American Village. Follow this link to a map of all the locations on Okinawa, making it easy to find one close to you!

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