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If you live by Kadena Gate 3 or use that gate frequently, you have probably seen this large green building with a wave and some kind of fish on it.  I drive by this building everyday for the last 5 months and I finally thought, “It’s time to find out what it is.”

It is called Sun Sea.  They are basically a Wal-mart (without clothing and food) and an Ace Hardware store in one place.  As the sign on the building states, it is a “House and general center of the living,” meaning they sell everything you need for your house and other living necessities.  The place is actually a 3-story building and has many departments such as gardening, pets, hardware, tools, kitchen supplies and appliances, furniture, sporting goods, stationery, electronics, car supplies including tires and even some snacks.  Click on pix to see more detail…

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The store is a little tight, but is very convenient if you live close to Kadena Gate 3.  I have been going to San-A or Jusco when I need something that the BX does not have, but since I found out about Sun Sea, I have been going there instead. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

So, the next time you need something for your car, pet, children, or anything at all — you might want to stop by.  You will be amazed at how much stuff they have inside.

Sun Sea

Hours: 10:00 – 20:00

Phone: 098-938-6226


Address: 4 Chome-12-1 Chibana, Okinawa, Okinawa Prefecture 904-2143, Japan

GPS Coordinates: 26.3595436, 127.80043849999993

Directions:  From Kadena gate 3, turn right immediately after exiting the gate. Sun Sea will be on your left side. You can either park at the front of the store (there are about 8 spots) or turn left where the “P” sign is to park at their lot/garage.

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  1. If you live in Chatan (Sunabe/seawall) Kadena gate one area, there is a store just like this one, but with a different name, in Navel Kadena right off rte 58 on the left just past Kadena Marina. You turn left at the light by the KFC. This one is nicer and more organized, and less crowded. Plus it is all in one, no seperate sections, so you can pay for all your stuff all at once, except for garden stuff. Plus you get the added benefit of the 100yen store, the furniture store, some clothing stores, a grocery store, the KFC and a Shakey’s. There used to be a McDonalds there, but it’s gone. There is a nice one just a little farther down 58 though.

  2. OK, I think this is going to be a bit hard to find, but hope someone can point me in the right direction. During our move to Okinawa, our dresser mirror came off the wooden frame and it ended up breaking before we could fix the problem. Is there a place on or off any of the bases where I can get a piece of mirror glass to replace it? It would have to be cut to a specific size to fit the frame.

    Thanks for your help!