CONTRIBUTED BY JEANINE CZUBIK

Oki Hai 17 Aug 09 013

When I arrived in Okinawa last winter, I was told to forget ever finding clothes to fit me off base.  After doing some shopping, I think we may be too quick to discount some local retailers.  In the least, this may be true for athletic gear.  I was pleasantly surprised when I visited Himaraya Sports to find this wall of shoes:

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This is only one of three long walls where I found sizes up to Men U.S. 11.5 and Women U.S. 9 with a wide range of widths. [See Size Chart] There are also children’s shoes and a large assortment of Crocs.

In the athletic wear section, I was impressed with the variety of styles and brands to choose from in sizes to fit more than just the petite American.  I wouldn’t say their selection will fit all Americans but I was astounded at how many items did fit. There is wide array of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, including tee’s with the endearing, nonsensical mix of Japanese and English – who wouldn’t love to send one to a niece or nephew in the states just for kicks?

In terms of sports gear, this place is packed, particularly if you are into tennis, baseball, swimming and basketball.  Overall, as expected, prices are a bit higher than we are accustomed to, but they had an extensive sale when I visited making prices more comparable.  If you’re in need for gear and don’t find what you need on base, or want something different from the rest of the team, don’t rule out finding what you need at Himaraya Sports.  At the very least, you might get a good laugh over the wording on a t-shirt.

 


Himaraya Sports

Website: www.himaraya.co.jp

LOCATIONS:

Chatan
Hours:
Mon-Fri 10:00 to 21:00
Saturday 10:00 to 21:00
Sundays and holidays 10:00 to 21:00
Closed some holidays. Please call the store or check the website.
Phone: 098-936-8500
Address: Okinawa Chatan-cho, Nakagami-gun, Kitamae 1-18-1

Urasoe ( This shop was reported as closed)

Hours:
Mon-Fri 9:00 to 22:00
Saturday 9:00 to 22:00
Sundays and holidays 9:00 to 22:00
Phone: 098-942-5595
Address: Okinawa Prefecture Urasoe Shiroma 2008-1; SAN-A MACHINATO CITY, 2nd floor

Aeon Mall, Nago
Hours:
Mon-Fri 10:00 to 22:00
Saturday 10:00 to 22:00
Sundays and holidays 10:00 to 22:00
Phone: 0980-51-0311
Address: Aeon Mall 1F, Nago Midori Kawara 4472, Nago, Okinawa

15 COMMENTS

    • There are three stores in Okinawa:

      Okinawa Chatan-cho, Nakagami-gun, Kitamae 1-18-1
      TEL. 098-936-8500 FAX. 098-936-8288

      Opening Hours
      Mon-Fri 10:00 to 21:00
      Saturday 10:00 to 21:00
      Sundays and holidays 10:00 to 21:00
      Closed some holidays. Please call the store or check the website.

      Okinawa Prefecture Urasoe Shiroma 2008-1
      SAN-A MACHINATO CITY
      Second floor
      TEL. 098-942-5595 FAX. 098-877-6150

      Opening Hours
      Mon-Fri 9:00 to 22:00
      Saturday 9:00 to 22:00
      Sundays and holidays 9:00 to 22:00

      Nago, Okinawa Prefecture,
      Nago Midori Kawara 4472
      Aeon Mall 1F
      TEL. 0980-51-0311 FAX. 0980-51-0377

      Opening Hours
      Mon-Fri 10:00 to 22:00
      Saturday 10:00 to 22:00
      Sundays and holidays 10:00 to 22:00

      (Japanese)
      ヒマラヤ 店舗情報-沖縄県
      ヒマラヤ Sports

      ヒマラヤスポーツ 沖縄北谷店

      詳細はこちら

      〒904-0117
      沖縄県中頭郡北谷町北前1-18-1
      TEL. 098-936-8500 FAX. 098-936-8288

      営業時間

      月~金
      10:00~21:00

      土曜日
      10:00~21:00

      日・祝日
      10:00~21:00

      ※休館日のお知らせがございます。【詳細はこちら】内の店舗情報をご覧ください。
      ヒマラヤ Sports

      ヒマラヤスポーツ サンエーマチナト店

      詳細はこちら

      〒901-2133
      沖縄県浦添市城間2008-1
      サンエーマチナトシティ2階
      TEL. 098-942-5595 FAX. 098-877-6150

      営業時間

      月~金
      9:00~22:00

      土曜日
      9:00~22:00

      日・祝日
      9:00~22:00

      ヒマラヤ Golf

      ヒマラヤスポーツ&ゴルフ イオン名護店

      詳細はこちら

      〒905-0012
      沖縄県名護市字名護見取川原4472
      イオン名護店1階
      TEL. 0980-51-0311 FAX. 0980-51-0377

      営業時間

      月~金
      10:00~22:00

      土曜日
      10:00~22:00

      日・祝日
      10:00~22:00

      ヒマラヤ 店舗情報

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      信越・北陸エリア
      東海エリア
      関西エリア
      中国・四国エリア
      九州・沖縄エリア

  1. The shoe selection at Sports Depo seems to be all together, while Himaraya is spread out. Sports Depo may have more. It’s also a larger store. Both are worth checking out in my opinion.

  2. THANK YOU for this tip! I couldn’t find cross trainers in my size at the PX – I still have to try clothing sales, but I had no idea where to go if they don’t carry what I need. I was worried about shopping for them online because I have small, narrow feet and really need to try things ON. YAY! I can’t wait to go check this place out. 🙂

  3. Yes, they had kid sized crocks. There are also a lot over at the Shoe Depot between UNIQLO and 100 Yen in Ginowan. Not sure if they are the Crocks brand but they a ton of that style.

  4. I was just at this store a couple of weeks ago and ended up buying some compression socks which I LOVE, they feel great after a long run! You’re right about the prices being a little high, but they also have some great sale prices.

  5. My husband stumbled upon this store last year thinking (hoping) it was a batting cage. I think he has bought a few bits and my daughter is after a pair of lime green trainers (sneakers). I have yet to go even though it is a hop, skip and jump away. This might just get me up and over there! I’m in the market for a new pair of trainers that aren’t the usual cookie cutter variety. Wonder if they do my fav all time…Adidas shell tops?!!! Cheers!

  6. I was just looking for another pair of running shoes and wasn’t overly excited about the selection on base- perfect timing! Thank you. And laughing over the wording on the t-shirts… so true. I saw a shirt the other day that said, “Enjoy the living of the life.” Yah, hubby and I laughed at that one 😉

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