Events and Festivals in Okinawa

Okinawa has a rich history and a distinct culture allowing scope for many festivals to be hosted in the city.

  • The cherry blossoms festival is hosted in January and February across the Okinawa island. Street food, local music, and artistic displays combine with illuminated cherry blossom trees to provide an unmatched experience.
  • Eisa dance festival is another must attend when in Okinawa. Colorful costumes, a large number of dancers and their coordinated movements take over the city around August and September every year. Traditional food, folk music, and fireworks draw more than 200,000 spectators to the city to witness this unique farewell to the visiting spirits of ancestors.
  • Hari festival is another event that is celebrated across the island with great pomp and show. Dragon boat races, local food, and stellar fireworks level up the enthusiasm of locals.
  • The Southeast Botanical garden with sparkling lights, blooming tropical flowers and lush greenery during the Southeast Botanical Gardens Nostalgia illumination is well worth a visit.
  • The international carnival with parades, motorcycle rides, rock concerts, dance performances, and varying cultures is not to miss outdoor festival in Okinawa.

The vigor of the city during these festivals and other festivals like Kayak festivals, bullfighting tournaments, Thanksgiving dinners, new year celebration and Christmas eves is unmatched and worth witnessing.