One of the things that we love doing here in Okinawa is exploring. It maybe a new beach in a different island or new local store down the street but what excites us the most is finding a new place to eat. It gives us great pleasure to find secret places that offers something new and refreshing. The other day my husband was driving around Henza Island when he noticed a small café filled with parked cars outside and out of curiosity we went back to check the place out. So glad we did.
Ippuku-ya Café has tons of décor but mostly concentrating in something that has to do with the ocean. You can find seashells, old maps and a hammock if you want an even more comfortable seat there is even a boat in the balcony refashioned into a table. The place is very cozy and quiet but it probably has the most amazing view of the landscape on Henza Island.
The menu consists of noodles, rice balls, a variety of drinks and shaved ice for dessert. Food is not really the main attraction of Ippuku-ya as this place actually follows the sense of the word “cafe” not something most cafes in Okinawa follow. Drinks and dessert would be your main attraction but only followed by the peaceful view and laid back atmosphere. The waiter gave us a menu in Japanese and we chose to order the noodles according to the pictures in the menu. “Quick tip: It helps to ask if they have an English menu.” We are not really big fan cold noodles, but it’s not really that bad. The cold dish had half of a boiled egg, bitter melon slices, cow tail and cold wheat noodles in pork stock paired with a side of kimchi. The hot noodles in our opinion is much better than the cold. The hot noodles consisted of ginger, leek, pork intestines, and warm wheat noodles in pork stock. When it was time for dessert, we finally found the English menu. They have special shaved ice with beans on it, but we chose the mango shaved ice instead. The shaved ice was a really nice treat for us.
Ippuku-ya Café is open everyday from 11 am until sunset. Prices vary from 1000 to 1500 yen. If you on your way to Hamahiga Island, Ikei Ispland or just around the Henza Island, we recommend to stop here for a quick snack, maybe just before the sunset, to appreciate the view.
GPS: 26.341452 127.956630
Hours: 11 am till sunset open everyday
Price: 1000 - 1500 yen
Payment: Cash only
Parking: Yes (side of the road)