Guam 2015: Visiting Tumon Sands Plaza and Joinus Restaurant

My wife’s niece Marie and her husband Pacifico invited us to lunch at a Japanese restaurant called Joinus one day during our stay in Guam in April. The Joinus Keyaki restaurant is located in the Tumon Sands Plaza, a luxury shopping mall on Tumon’s Pale San Vitores Road a couple of blocks down from the Outrigger Resort. We got there about a half hour early and so decided to do some window shopping. It was quite an experience.

About two-thirds of the plaza consists of a number of fancy stores surrounding a two-story atrium. The Honolulu Coffee Company has a cafe / lounge in the middle of the atrium. We walked around both floors of the atrium and then it was time to meet Marie and Pacifico for lunch. So we did not get a chance to visit the portion of the plaza that is apart from the atrium — mostly the Louis Vuitton store and a few others nearby including Tiffany and Company.

The atrium at Tumon Sands Plaza.

The atrium at Tumon Sands Plaza.

View of Honolulu Coffee Co. lounge from the second floor of the plaza. The four customers are probably taking advantage of the free wifi and the quiet atrium.

View of Honolulu Coffee Co. lounge from the second floor of the plaza. The four customers are probably taking advantage of the free wifi and the quiet atrium.

We walked around for about a half-hour and just about every store was empty except for a well dressed sales clerk, usually a woman in a dark suit. The clerks were always very polite but also not very interested in us. I guess we were broadcasting in a number of ways that we were only window shopping and probably couldn’t afford anything for sale in the plaza.

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Some of the world’s most elegant precision watches can be purchased at the Tumon Sands Plaza.

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Swarovski is famous for their crystal jewelry.

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I picked up a bright red canvas shoe at the Gucci store to check out the price — $460.00 — and quickly put it back.

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Posters and mirrors on walls near the second floor entrance to the Gucci store.

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This store sells women’s accessories, mostly in leather.

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There is only one Anteprima store in Guam and it’s here at Tumon Sands Plaza. Can you guess what they sell?

Pale San Vitores Road from the Tumon Sands Plaza.

Pale San Vitores Road from the Tumon Sands Plaza.

The friendly atmosphere at the Joinus restaurant was completely opposite to what we experienced in the rest of the plaza. The restaurant has been popular with the locals for years and the place was packed. Joinus is a teppanyaki restaurant and the meal was simply delicious. The chicken, steak, shrimp, fried rice and vegetables were all cooked right in front of us with a flair. They also served a green salad and miso soup and a bowl of steamed rice if you’d rather have steamed than fried rice. We even had some green tea ice cream for dessert.

It was the best lunch we had during our two-week stay on Guam!  Reservations are recommended for lunch and I imagine that would be the case for dinner, too.

Marie had to leave early to get back to work but I got this picture of my wife and Pacifico in the Tumon Sands Plaza parking lot after lunch.

Marie had to leave early to get back to work but I got this picture of my wife and Pacifico in the Tumon Sands Plaza parking lot after lunch.

We are still wondering why there are all of these fancy stores devoid of customers in Tumon. There are two other Gucci stores within two blocks on Pale San Vitores Raod: one at the Plaza next to the Outrigger and the other across the street from the Outrigger at the DFS T Galleria. And there’s a Louis Vuitton at the T Galleria, too. These stores all seem to cater to the Japanese tourists. I guess business picks up during other portions of the year.

We did most of our shopping at the ABC stores that are here and there on Pale San Vitores Road and at the large K-Mart up on Marine Drive. Joinus was the only Japanese restaurant we visited on Guam. We also had lunch at places like Denny’s in Tamuning and Shirley’s Cafe in Hagatna and we tried the buffet one day at the Fiesta Resort in Tumon. And on some days when we had big breakfasts we just skipped lunch.

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About crowcanyonjournal

I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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One Response to Guam 2015: Visiting Tumon Sands Plaza and Joinus Restaurant

  1. disperser says:

    You probably just missed the rich tourists rush . . .

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