Ginowan Tropical Beach
~ 4: 30 p.m. Fireworks ~7:30 p.m.
Fee: Adults 4,000 yen, 3500 yen in advance
students: 3,000 yen 2,500 yen in advance
& Elem. School students: 2,000 yen, 1500 yen in advance
fireworks and music show. Expect a big crowd and traffic, so get there early.
End of April ~ Beginning of May
Koi Nobori Festival
Place: Oku River, Haneji Dam, Hiija River
Date: Oku River May 3rd = May 5th
Haneji Dam May 4th ~ 5th
Time: 10 a.m. ~
Admission: Free (Some events charge a small fee)
During this time of the year visitors can see many carp
streamers. The flying streamers were originally a custom to honor boys during
"Boy's Day," but the day was changed to "Kodomo no Hi" (Children's Day). Many
communities hold festivals on this day with live music and other activities for
May ~ June
May 3rd ~May 5th
Naha Haari (Dragon Boat Races)
Place: Naha Port
Time: 10 a.m. ~
this lively festival of traditional boat races that dates back to the Ryukyu
Kingdom era. The races were originally brought to Okinawa from China, and were
held to bring good fortune and a safe return to fishermen. Today, many teams
participate with much of the fun taking place on the sidelines amongst the
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 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.