Okinawa -4 selections of recommended events in January

Okinawa -4 selections of recommended events in January
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The average temperature in Okinawa in January was about 17 degrees Celsius. The average temperature in Tokyo in January is about 6 ° C, so it can be said that the temperature alone is warm. Nevertheless, few people enter the sea at this time. Then, how can I enjoy Okinawa in January?
In Okinawa in January, there are many events that you can enjoy the atmosphere of the Kingdom of ryukyu era and enjoy cherry blossoms up close. Here are the attractions and recommended points of the four events carefully selected from among many events.

Color the winter! ~ Okinawan tropical illuminations 2023-2024 ~

The popular illumination event "Okinawa Nankoku Illumination 2023-2024" during the Okinawa winter season will be held at Tonan Botanical Garden (Okinawa City).
This year's theme is "Shining Nankoku Flowers." The motifs unique to the botanical garden, such as the magnificent lotus flower illuminations, hibiscus and Jade Kazura, color the park creates a world of illumination with about 4 million balls.

It's a great spot for lovers and a romantic time and important memories with your family and friends!

※In November 2023, he was awarded the "2nd place in Japan in the illumination event category" at the 1st International Illumination Award selected by night view tourists. All staff members participate in the production and installation, and have been highly evaluated as handmade and warm original illuminations. In 2022, it was also recognized as "Okinawa's Three Great Night Views".

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[Event Name] Okinawan tropical illuminations 2023-2024
[Date and time] From October 27, 2023 (Fri) to May 26, 2012 (Sun) Lighting time 17:00-22: 00 (21:30 final reception)
[Place] Southeast Botanical Garden (Okinawa City)

[Admission fee] Nighttime from 17:00 to 22:00
<Day ticket> Adults (18 years old and over) 2,150 yen middle person (13-17 years old) 1,250 yen Child (4-12 years old) 750 yen

※In the following period, the fee for <daytime ticket> will be changed.
・12/16,12/17、12/26~1/3、1/6~1/8
Adults (18 years old and over) 2,500 yen middle person (13-17 years old) 1,400 yen Child (4-12 years old) 1,000 yen
・12/23, 12/24/12/25 illumination fee
Adults (18 years old and over) 2,800 yen middle person (13-17 years old) 1,500 yen Child (4-12 years old) 1,000 yen

※There are also advance tickets sold and one-day admission tickets that allow you to stay for one day in other parks.

[Parking lot] 350 units (free) ※During the event, you will be guided to the temporary parking lot.

Japan's earliest cherry blossom viewing in Okinawa! Tobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival

Photos provided: Motobu-cho

In Okinawa, cherry blossoms bloom around late January, ahead of other prefectures. Therefore, at this time, cherry blossom festivals are held in various parts of the prefecture. "Honbu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival" is the earliest cherry blossoms. It is held every year from late January to early February at Mt. Yae, a famous cherry blossom spot, with the catchphrase "Hitoashi, Osaki Ni".

The recommended point of the headquarters Yaedake Sakura Festival is that you can see the cherry blossoms not only while driving but also walking. You can enjoy Kanhizakura (Kanhizakura) while feeling the clear air on your skin. Yoshino cherry tree (Yoshino cherry tree), a common cherry tree on the mainland, is light pink, but the cold scarlet cherry blossoms are as dark as bright as plum blossoms. This flower, which blooms downward, also has the characteristic that it is hard to scatter.

Mt. Yae is a hill, and if you climb it, you can see Ieshima not only in the sea but also far away. If you turn your camera there, you can shoot a beautiful piece with cherry blossoms in the sea in the background!
In addition, there is a Okinawa soba specialty store near the entrance of the Yaedake mountain trail, and a bakery that sells bread and cookies on the mountain path, so you can enjoy climbing and cherry blossom viewing while filling your stomach.

In addition, there are many popular sightseeing spots around Mt. Yae, such as Nago pineapple park and OKINAWA Fruit Land. If you plan to visit these spots during Okinawa sightseeing in January, please drop in at the headquarters Yaedake Sakura Festival.

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[Event Name] Head Office Yaedake Sakura Festival
[Date and time] January 20, 2024 (Sat)-2/4 (Sun), 2024
[Place] Mt. Yae, Motobucho (Sakura no Mori Park)
[Map] Motobucho Yaedake (Sakura no Mori Park) Google Map
[Entrance fee] Free
[Sponsorship] Headquarters Festival Executive Committee Secretariat (Honbu Town Planning, Commerce and Tourism Division)

Enjoy a powerful stage! "Okinawa is a bustling forest"

※The photo shows the scenery held at the Okinawa Convention Center in January 2019

For those who want to enjoy traditional performing arts that are unique to Okinawa, we recommend the "buzz of the forest." This event, which will be held at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City, will have two performances on January 27, 2024 (Saturday).
The recommended point of such a lively forest is that you can see a powerful stage where traditional Okinawan performing arts such as Ryukyu dance, Okinawa folk song and Eisa folk dance gather at once. Programs that appear one after another, such as the beautiful dance of women and stick art, karate, and lion dance by strong men, will not let viewers get tired! In addition, the appearance of a large number of performers dressed in Hanagasa and red-shaped costumes are impressive.

And for the ending, you can dance Kachashi with the performers. Kachashi is an Okinawan hand dance. There is a difference in the shape of the hands when dancing with men and women. Women dance in a par shape with their fingers, and men dance in the form of a goo. Through Kachashi, you can enjoy the unique experience of Okinawa that the performers and the audience are united and the venue is wrapped in a cheerful atmosphere.

Outside the venue, there will be a “Taste Busy” (Okinawa Product Sales Corner). The food stalls sell gourmet dishes such as Okinawa soba and Juicy, as well as castella and cake using Okinawa's specialty awamori and pine. Enjoy the “Tastefulness” along with the appreciation of the bustling forest.

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[Event Name] The 137th Forests Lively Okinawa
[Date and time] Saturday, January 27, 2024
1st performance: Opening 11:30, 12:30, 2nd performance: 15:00 Start 16:00
[Place] Okinawa Convention Center (Ginowan City)
[Entrance fee] 4,500 yen for all seats (with 500 yen worth of tickets)
[Parking lot] None (please visit by public transportation or on foot)
※※Tickets can be purchased from HP and convenience stores.

Local products are all available! "Okinawa Flower and Food Festival 2024"

Photos provided: JA Okinawa (photographed in January 2023)

"If you eat Tida Sansansan, it's from Okinawa! "Okinawa Flower and Food Festival 2024", packed with the charm of Okinawan agricultural, forestry and fishery products, will be held in Ounoyama Park in Naha City on January 20 (Sat) and 21 (Sun) for two days. .
Agriculture, forestry and fishery products and processed products from the prefecture, which are in season at this time, such as the meat market and the seafood market where seafood gathers seafood is gathered.

In addition, there are various events related to flowers such as flower gardening city and flower design contest, as well as other experience corners, and there are plenty of fun events! You can learn about the charm of Okinawa, so you can have a good time with your family and friends.

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[Event Name] Okinawa Flowers and Food Festival 2024
[Date and time] January 20 (Sat) and Sunday, January 21 2024 for 2 days 10: 00-18: 00
[Place] Ounoyama Park (Okinawa Prefectural Budokan, No. 1 parking lot)
[Entrance fee] Free
[Parking lot] None
※A temporary parking lot is secured on the west side of Naha Naval Port, but the number of cars that can be parked is limited and very crowded is expected, so please use public transportation such as monorails and buses.
[Inquiry] 098-831-5565 Okinawa Flower and Food Festival Promotion Headquarters (within JA Okinawa Leader Support Supervisory)


How was it? In Okinawa in January, there are several events where you can easily participate in sightseeing. Each of the four events introduced this time are all content that makes you feel the charm of the local area. By adding these to your January sightseeing plan, you will surely be able to deepen your sightseeing memories.

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