Okinawa Cherry blossom festivals 2016
Japan’s first cherry blossoms appear in Yanbaru, the northern part of Okinawa, around the end of January. The trees are Kanhizakura (Cerasus cerasoides), which have bell-like petals in various shades of pink. You can enjoy colors from pale to rich, varying from tree to tree.
Requiring cold temperatures to come into bloom, the pink blanket created by the trees moves slowly south from the northern mountains in one or two weeks. At this time of year, there will be many cherry blossom festivals taking place across the island, allowing you to enjoy Okinawan-style hanami (cherry blossom viewing). In mainland Japan, hanami usually means a picnic under the cherry trees, but here in Okinawa, you can take a stroll through the beautiful flowers. Wouldn’t you like to be the first to enjoy this year’s blossoms?
*Please be aware that the first day of the festival is subject to change.
38th Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival
9th Nakijin Gusuku Cherry Blossom Festival – World Heritage Nakijin Castle Ruins and Cherry Light Up
*Light Up (Entrance Fee) Jan. 23rd, 2016 – Feb. 7th, 2016 18:00-21:00
54th Annual Nago Cherry Blossom Festival
Uruma City Nuri River Cherry Blossom Festival
Naha Chura Cherry Blossom Festival
10th Yaese Cherry Blossom Festival
*Light Up Period Jan. 22nd – Feb. 7th