Would You… Could You… In a Tree?
July 3, 2008 | by Mui Mui

It is every kid’s dream to one day make the coolest tree house and live in it. In Okinawa, Japan, that dream has become one person’s reality… except they made it a restaurant instead of a home.

Just north of the Okinawa airport on highway 58, the restaurant sits perfectly on top of a massive Gajumaru tree’s huge branches about 20 ft above the ground and looking out over the ocean.

The restaurant has a reputation of being quiet and elegant, while serving some of the best Japanese, Thai, Korean, Chinese and Indian food in all of Okinawa.

Customers have to climb a spiral stairway to get to the restaurant.


Mui Mui
Mui Mui is another of our wonderful, yet weird, editors who also is a well established world traveler. Born in Asia, Mui Mui is our expert on whether the articles we publish remain appropriate and not offensive in nature. Mui Mui’s favorite place is Italy where she spent 4 years and eventually fell in love with.
  • Awesomeeeeeee

  • baad asss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • This restaurant has been there for many years and I still look forward to seeing it for many more years each time we drive by it.
    Great photo sent in by someone who is also impressed.
    You have to visit Okinawa and not only will you love to visit the restaurant, you will love to visit Okinawa.
    Bob Avery

  • great, I appreciate posting to your site

  • Damn Ewok

    That’s not the worst idea I ever heard.

  • That looks fun! Yes, Sam I am I think I could and would in a tree.

  • Nice touch of the garden grown on top of the restaurant roof.

    In the first picture the tree looks dead, in the other one you can tell a few sprouts here and there. Different seasons, maybe?

    And what in the world is a Gajumaru tree? Looks as thick as a baobab, or a (Mexican) Tule tree.

    One very refreshing sight. Okinawa is now my top city I would love to visit but probably never will.

    • Actually, Okinawa is an island off of Japan. It is very small and most of it is populated by army bases. It only has about 1.3 million people living there. From what my mom’s boyfriend, who was born in Okinawa, says is that they are very traditional, and it is almost like stepping back in time. They hate the way modern Japan has become, and if they could they would separate themselves entirely from Japan

      • Actually, Okinawa only has a few Army bases. There is one large US Air Force base, a US Naval Hospital, and about a dozen US Marine Corps bases including an air station. Still, Americans make up a very small portion of the Okinawa population. There are a few large cities including Naha, Nago, and Okinawa City. Okinawa is home to the world’s second largest aquarium, a pineapple winery, multiple historic monuments, and some of the best SCUBA diving spots in the world.

  • Roghelio Penns

    Me parece precioso y si se construye imitandolo de concreto(para hacerlo ecológico) con escalera interior discreta y con follaje natural en macetas gigantes, mejor. Salu2 desde México:Roghelio Penns

  • that is so cool!

  • I’m adding that to the list of places I’m going to visit. XD That’s just awesome!

  • I just came from Okinawa I was stationed there for four years and went to this resturant once, the food is good there, but the service sucks. The owner of the resteraunt dislikes Americans but will gladly take their money. It had the worst service I have ever had there. Dont get me wrong, not all Okinawan’s dislike Americans. There are alot of them that love us there and they will be the greatest people you ever come across, but the one guy that owns this resturant doesn’t.

  • dats so awesome. i would reeeeaaalllyyy luv to go to Japan one day it looks wonderfully awesome!

  • the food there is’nt all that great. most people agree the best food on the island is found in izukayas or coco’s curry

  • Surreal!! Like it came out from a Studio Ghibli animation! e.g Spirited away/Howls moving castle….

  • i’ve been there.. its beautiful.. and the food is great..

  • Is it a real tree?

  • Am I the only one thinking about the Juraians off Tenchi Muyo after reading this?

  • W-O-W-!


  • Okinawa is in Kill Bill, innit? Island off Japan, where Uma Thurman gets her sword.

  • next jurak mall (dark cloud)

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