Entertainment hub HAPINAHA opens on Kokusai Street

Okinawa’s first Pokemon store will open on the first floor of the HAPINAHA building.

HAPINAHA is celebrating its grand opening Thursday in downtown Naha City on Kokusai Street, creating a large amusement center in what was once the Mitsukoshi department store.

The two top floors will house the largest permanent haunted house on Okinawa. No children under elementary school age admitted.

HAPINAHA comes from ‘Happy + Naha’, and brings to Okinawa an entertainment facility with a 7-days-a-week comedy stage, as well as a large scale haunted house stretching from the 4th to the 6th floors.  Created by Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., Ltd., the oldest and largest entertainment management agency in Japan, will bring comedians to perform from the mainland.

Grand opening ceremonies are at 10 a.m. today, with the first entertainment stages at 2 p.m.  Doors open at 1:45 p.m. for the program, while a second show sees doors opening at 4:45 p.m. for a 5 p.m. program.  Advance general seating tickets are ¥2,000. Tickets at the door are ¥2,500.  Tickets are available at

The 3rd floor Comedy Theater will have three shows a day, seven days a week.

FamilyMart e-plus Y-code 999-130, or by phone at 0570-550-100.

The building was formerly occupied by department store Mitsukoshi.  On the 1st floor of HAPINAHA is a snack and gourmet zone. A large selection of snacks and local selected goodies like Awamori, as well as specialties from remote islands on Okinawa, will be showcased together.  The official store of now world popular anime ‘Pokemon’ will come to Okinawa for the first time.

There are a various sundries’ stores and Japanese

HAPINAHA occupies the former Okinawa Mitsukoshi Building on Kokusai Street in Naha.

BBQ restaurant on the second floor.  An Okinawa-born cosmetics store of popular anime characters of Sailor Moon and the Rose of Versailles, unique Japanese stationary goods shop and traditional Japanese style sundries store will be in line on the floor. Other than that, people can get goods of popular characters in and out of Japan.

First floor hours, as well as the sundries store on the second floor, are 10 a.m. ~ 10 p.m. The Japanese BBQ restaurant Ocean Grill on the second floor operates 11 a.m. ~ 11 p.m.  Comedy show stages on the 3rd floor operate from 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, and 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.  The haunted house on the 4th ~ 6th floors  is open 11 a.m. ~ 9:55 p.m.