Recent Okinawa Travel News Blog articles list
September ~ October
Sept. 6th & 7th
Shuri Castle Mid Autumn Festival (8th Lunar Month Festival)
Place: Shuri Castle Park
Time: 6:30 pm ~ 9 pm
A reproduction of Ryukyuan Royal life with traditional music and dance.
Jazz in Nanjo
Place: Sashiki Sugar Hall (Nanjo Cultural Center)
Time: 5:30 pm ~
Admission: 2,500 yen
A fantastic night filled with jazz music.
Place: Itoman Rotary
Time 2 pm ~
A very traditional tug-of-war that has remained virtually unchanged.
Oct. 11th ~ 13th
Naha Festival & Giant Tug of War
Place: Naha City
Oct. 13: Naha Tug of War
Oct. 12 ~14: Live entertainment at Onoyama Park & Fireworks
Experience Okinawa's famous giant tug-of-war, which is featured in the Guinness World Book of Records. Everyone is invited to participate as the tug-of-war takes place right on Highway 58! Party afterwards at Onoyama Park...
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With so many typhoons hitting Okinawa every year, the prefecture has set up a new website in several languages that offers up-to-date information for tourists. This is a valuable resource for anyone stranded on Okinawa during a typhoon or other natural disaster. Okinawa Tourism Risk Management Site
A new LCC from China will be introducing flights from Shanghai to Okinawa. Spring Airlines
Eva Airways announced that they will now offer flights to Okinawa from Taipei starting in June. More from Ryukyu Shinpo Article
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Naha's new international airport terminal opened on February 17th, 2014. Peach Airlines has announced that it will make Naha its hub for international flights.
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Flights from Kansai to Okinawa starting at 2,300 yen!
Find a free WiFi location on Okinawa here.
Get help in several languages when vacationing in Okinawa.
Feel like you need a break from the cold weather? Life in Tokyo getting too hectic? Maybe you are visiting Japan and would like a few days on the beach? Take advantage of Air Asia's super discount fare and visit sunny, laid-back Okinawa!
In the past, it was expensive to fly from mainland Japan to Okinawa. Nowadays, thanks to an
increase in discount airlines, the price is very affordable. Depending on the
day and time of year, you can find one-way flights from Tokyo to Okinawa on
Skymark Airlines for only 5,800 yen! On other airlines, the price is even cheaper during special campaigns!
This new facility located near the aquarium is filled with different displays of marine life that are interesting for both adults and kids. Entrance is for free!
Okinawa is the birthplace
of karate and many visitors come to Okinawa for the sole purpose of discovering
the roots of this traditional martial art. Karate students gain a valuable
cultural experience while training at one of the many "dojo" across the island. The Okinawa Traditional Karate
Liaison Bureau website is a fantastic source of information for anyone wishing
to learn more about Okinawan karate and also offers assistance to karate
students interested in coming to train in Okinawa.
Okinawa Prefecture has created a visitor service center utilizing the latest technology. For more information, visit the Okinawa2Go website here
A natural spring that is regarded as one of the most purest in all of Okinawa, Kakinohana offers tranquility and a fun way to cool off during the hot summer months. Even during the cool winter season, you can always enjoy the fantastic view of Okinawa's eastern coastline and the Pacific Ocean while relaxing amongst the surrounding greenery. The water cascades from a spout where it is safe to drink downwards into a small pond where kids and adults can enter and splash about.
Kakinohana is located in Tamagusuku, Nanjo. Take Route 86 to 137 and look for the sign to turn left. Follow the road around the castle ruins and turn left again. There is a small sign that marks the stone steps that lead down to the spring. (Be careful as the stone steps can be slippery!)
The mountains of Yanbaru offer an alternative to Okinawa's beaches and marine activities. In the summer, its flowing rivers and waterfalls are a great place to cool off, and the drive to get there includes beautiful scenery. Oku River is a good destination for anyone looking to experience Okinawa's northern nature. Accessing the river from Oku Village, visitors can enjoy a cool dip in the river and also relax along its spacious green banks under a shady tree. There are also accommodations within the town in the form of minshuku, but the Okinawan-style cottages located on the banks of the river are a very convenient and nice way to enjoy the time there.
If you need to buy something during your stay on Okinawa, try shopping at a local store as opposed to a convenience store or chain supermarket. Prices might be a little more expensive, but you will be supporting local communities and you can get a taste of Okinawan life as these mini stores are often the "gathering place" for friendly conversations. Most local stores ("Baiten") are very simple but their shelves carry a myriad of local products. The owners are friendly and you may even make a friend or two if you are there at the right time!
Mr. and Mrs. Afuso from the Maeda Baiten in Onna-son
This year, rainy season ended early....Good news for those planning on snorkeling or SCUBA diving at Cape Maeda because the sea has been calm and clear.