Outlet malls were an intricate part of my childhood. In fact it was about this time every year when the whole family would pack into the car and head for either Wrentham Village or Merrimack. We would browse for hours but it was all about getting a few great deals on essentials for the coming school year (usually sensible sneakers, turtle necks and a jeans jacket if I was lucky).
The tradition continues even now that I live in Okinawa thanks to the Ashibinaa Okinawa Outlet Mall. Much like outlet malls in the US, Ashibinaa is a place where you could spend the day. There is an assortment of shops to include Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Armani, Crocs, Nixon, Billabong, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armor, COACH, Ralph Lauren, GAP and LeSport. . . . just to name a few.
All that shopping can work up an appetite so why not give one of the restaurants or cafes a try? Some familiar favorites include Baskin Robbins, Italian Tomato Cafe Jr, Starbucks or A&W. There are also a variety of other restaurants and vendors (seasonal) which are sure to please even your family’s pickiest eater.
Ashibinaa isn’t only a great place to replenish the wardrobe or stock up on back to school basics. . . it’s also a great place to get some souvenirs for your friends and family! There are a number of shops that sell goods unique to Okinawa.
Travelers should also take note of the stores throughout the outlet mall with a “Tax Free” sign displayed. These shops shops are duty free for foreigner travelers only who present a passport and spent over ¥10,001. Travelers should also take note of the bus shuttle from Ashibinaa to the Naha Airport. The bus (#95) departs the outlet mall to the airport every hour starting at 10:30 until 19:30. (Fees apply)
Now for the nitty gritty. . . Ashibinaa has everything you need for a pleasant shopping experience. It opens at 10:00 and is completely closed by 20:30. There are coin lockers, designated smoking areas (smoking is prohibited in non-designated areas), mobile phone charging stations, currency exchange centers nursing stations, bathrooms, ATMs and e-money charging stations. There is also Wi-Fi available and an alteration shop. It’s also important to note that Ashibinaa is handicap accessible with elevators. Guide dogs are also welcome, however, pets are not. Finally, Ashibinaa has a large parking area which makes finding parking stress free even midday on a Saturday.
Overall I love the Ashibinaa Okinawa Outlet Mall even though I don’t find myself here often. It’s a great place to window shop or even pick up those necessities you’ve been looking for at a discounted price. . . . and there are some great discounts. If you’re looking for a great place to spend the day and get some shopping done I highly recommend checking out the Ashibinaa Okinawa Outlet Mall.