Yoshihachi (Yoshi’s)

Yoshihachi | Okinawa Hai!

CONTRIBUTED BY MARIE PROPES

Yoshihachi | Okinawa Hai!

If you’re looking for great sushi, look no longer.  Yoshi’s is the place to be. The restaurant was opened by Mr. Yoshi Mayekawa back in 1992. Mr. Yoshi started his cooking career in Okinawa before moving to the United States where he would learn to make sushi “American Style”. He lived in the U.S. for 12 years, working in large cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and New Orleans. Although he loves to cook, his greater passion is golf. The walls are covered with pictures of some of the famous golfers and celebrities Mr. Yoshi has met along his path. Today he enjoys serving not only Japanese and American alike, but also US military commanders, overseas actors, Japanese comedians, and top athletes.

Yoshihachi | Okinawa Hai!

Get to YoshiHachi early because it gets packed. The restaurant is kid-friendly and accommodates people with disabilities. There are regular tables as well as kotatsu tables with room below for legs. Party rooms are available for 15, 25 or 40 people. The hours are Wednesday – Monday 4:30 pm and last order at 10 pm. (Closed Tuesdays) Free parking is available 1 meter beyond the restaurant.

Yoshihachi | Okinawa Hai! The menu consists of both Japanese and Okinawan food. Food is obtained every day, so dishes are always fresh. If you don’t enjoy sushi or raw fish, you can order other great items such as chicken teriyaki, gyoza, or tempura. Popular items include the Kamikaze Combo or the Teriyaki Combo with miso soup. Mr. Yoshi created a trademark sushi in 1982 called tempura sushi. He also created and copyrighted another local favorite called the Beni-Imo (sweet potato) roll. Other favorites are tuna teriyaki roll, young yellowtail roll, soft shell crab roll, blowfish roll, and shrimp tempura roll.  You can order traditional Japanese sushi (Nigiri) or American sushi rolls.

Hours: Dinner only, 4:30-10 p.m. (last order); Closed on Tuesdays

Phone: 098-936-2359

Payment: Dollars or Yen (no credit card)

Address: 587-2 Kuwae, Chatan-chō, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa-ken 904-0103, Japan

Directions:

From Kadena Gate 1, exit gate and turn left onto 58. Turn left at light onto 23 and go uphill. At the second light you will see a pedestrian overpass, take a right there. Drive about 3-4 blocks until you see the small restaurant on your right. There are two red lanterns hanging outside. Pass the restaurant until you see the designated parking lot on your right.

From Camp Lester or Camp Foster, get onto 58 heading North towards Kadena. Turn right onto 23 and go uphill. At the second light you will see a pedestrian overpass, take a right there. Drive about 3-4 blocks until you see the small restaurant on your right. There are two red lanterns hanging outside. Pass the restaurant until you see the designated parking lot on your right.

From Kadena Gate 2, exit base and get onto 85 (it turns into 23) heading west towards Sunabe area. Drive approximately 3 km. When you see the pedestrian overpass, make a left there. Drive about 3-4 blocks until you see the small restaurant on your right. There are two red lanterns hanging outside. Pass the restaurant until you see the designated parking lot on your right.

Coordinates: 26.3250426874, 127.76954761399998

 

 

 

 

1 COMMENT

  1. We just left Okinawa after living there for over eight years. We ate at Yoshi’s on only a handful of occasions. I know people rave about it but it never struck us as anything special. Not bad but we felt there were better places to get sushi.

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