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This week my dear neighbor took me most soothing place on island apart from the waves crashing at the beach: an aromatherapy and herb shop.  She discovered it when searching for tea tree oil to aid her baby’s diaper rash.

Tennenkobo Herbal and Aromatic Life shop is a small store attached to Mangiare Italian Restaurant.  When you step across the stone path, you’ll notice their quaint fenced garden where they pick fresh flowers to fill vases inside.

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A light, sweet smell welcomes you inside where Tennenkobo displays a large selection of organic essential oils, parfums, dried herbs, spices and teas, and natural fiber products derived and made around the world.

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Soaps, incense, jewelry, books (mostly in Japanese), relaxing music, and holiday-themed ornaments and gifts are also for sale.

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The staff of Tennekobo are very welcoming and friendly, and almost all of the products are marked or labeled in English.

Tennenkobo Herbal & Aromatic Life

Hours: 1200 – 2000 Tuesday through Sunday

Phone: 098-933-0030

Address: 3 Chome-7-5 Takahara, Okinawa-shi, Okinawa-ken 904-2171, Japan

GPS Coordinates: 26.32482581547815, 127.81575025392453

Directions: Coming out Kadena Gate 2, continue for several kilometers until you pass an AU and San A on the left, then a Kanehide on the right.  The road will curve to the left and you’ll see a two story building on the right called Strawberry massage.  Turn right immediately after Strawberry – there is a sign that says “Antoten & Dining”. (If you go down a long, windey hill and pass 329, you’ve gone too far). Take the second right and an immediate right around the fence of a large signal tower.  Tennenkobo is just beyond the tower on the right.


  1. A friend and I went to this store today the direction are pretty decent. The big land markers we noticed was a value max on the right a little way before you turn by the strawberry place. It’s two right turns down and you turn into this little road by the I guess cell tower. Keep right going up the hill and its next to the Garden Cafe Resturant not the Italian place.

    • Samantha, I’m so sorry you couldn’t find it. Since these directions were written by the contributor in 2009, I’m wondering if maybe some of the landmarks have changed. I have not been to this place personally yet. If anyone has been here recently, would you please share some clearer directions? I’ll be sure to update the article if anyone can help out here. Thanks in advance!

  2. Just checked this place out today & it’s really great if you’re looking for oils. Some of the oils they have you can also get at ETWS if you don’t live or need to go out twds Awase but they also have lots of other cute things. I picked up a business card & they now open at 11am.

  3. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS!!!! I just found out we got orders to Kadena yesterday and I have been freaking out. I actually cried when I read this post LOL! I was wondering how we were going to stick to our “new” routine of going green for our family. This blog really calmed many of my fears! Thank you so much!

  4. There is pure tea tree oil at the BX/PX in the “ethnic” haircare section. It is in a small, clear bottle. The label is white with writing and I want to say the lid is either orange or an olive green. It is less than $3!