Authorized Apple Service Provider – Uchida Esco (ウチダ エスコ) – CLOSED

    Editor’s Note: As of June 2016, we have been informed that this store is no longer open. We are leaving this post in our archives for those of you who may be looking for it.

    CONTRIBUTED BY LEVI COLE

    Authorized Apple Service Provider l Okinawa Hai!

    You have probably arrived at this article because you own an Apple product (e.g., Macbook, iPad, iPhone) that is experiencing some type of problem (“Ooohhh, I was supposed to put on the waterproof case first, THEN go scuba diving!”) We’ve all been there. In the U.S., getting your Apple products serviced was a piece of cake – if you don’t have an Apple Store at your local mall, you just call up Apple, they tell you the nearest authorized service provider, and you’re golden. Much trickier in a foreign country.

    Well, fear not. There is actually an authorized Apple service provider right here on Okinawa, and you don’t have to drive all the way to Naha to get there! The name of the store is Uchida Esco (ウチダ エスコ), and it is only a couple miles south of MCAS Futenma on 58. The store itself is rather obscurely located, so you are going to want to look for and park in front of the building pictured below. There will be a giant SHARP sign at the top, and OFFICE PRO will be on the bottom.

    Authorized Apple Service Provider l Okinawa Hai!

    You will proceed to walk around the right of this building (as you walk, to your left will be what appears to be an office products store) and you will face this building pictured below.

    Authorized Apple Service Provider l Okinawa Hai!

    Ascend the spiraling staircase to the second level and the store will be on your left in about 15-20 yards.

    Authorized Apple Service Provider l Okinawa Hai!

    When you walk in, you will immediately face a small computer station (pictured below). Press the large orange/reddish button to receive your ticket, and your number will be called accordingly.

    Authorized Apple Service Provider l Okinawa Hai!

    The staff’s English is serviceable, and they have paperwork in English. They seem to do a decent job. My hard drive crashed, and they replaced it in about 10 days.

    Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    Directions: Input address below and navigate accordingly. Otherwise, it’s exactly 6 km south of Camp Lester gate on 58.

    Address: 11-12, Mashiki 1-Chōme, Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan 901-2224

    Phone: 098-890-0864

    FAX: 098-870-2001

    Payment: Unknown (I was covered by warranty.)

    7 COMMENTS

    1. I just went to the apple store 2 days ago for an iPhone problem and I wanted to update this for anyone looking, they no longer do iphone service at this location. They sent me to Kitamura Camera in Chatan. They have an apple store in their. I accidentally put mine in the washer and they replaced it for ¥7800, it was under warranty, I believe there is already a post for Kitamura Camera on here so I won’t double post directions.

    2. So I am sitting here in the lobby waiting for my husbands phone and I wanted to share a couple of things. If your phone is under warranty and has to be replaced it will cost you about 4,500 yen (they take yen ONLY) if it is out of warranty and needs to be replaced then you are looking at 22,000 – 25,000 yen for a replacement. Both of our phones are out of warranty and for us paying over $200 to fix a problem we have already been living with is not worth it, but I wanted to share the info incase you are in a similar boat. Forewarned is forearmed.

    3. Or you could just call Curtis – He advertises under “computer repair” on okinawayardsales ( bookoo ), and has fixed a number of things for me. Very quick turn around time and much less than the apple store quoted me for repairs. His website is http://www.okinawalaptops.com

      Brad

    4. THANK YOU!! We got a desktop just befor coming over and were told ‘no problem.. There will be service and training available in Japan!’ Ummmm… Couldn’t find it until now!!

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