Four Seasons Okinawa

SHIKI TORIDORI

Introduction

In Japan, the landscapes change their appearance as the seasons go by… The scenery, joined by the flavours and experiences that are typical to each time of year create a whole atmosphere we call “SHIKI TORIDORI”. Here in Okinawa, the unique wonders of each season await you. Come and join us in this tour of “the four seasons in Okinawa”.

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SPRING

春
March marks the opening of the beach season in Okinawa. Spring is also a time of year when visitors can attend unique events like the “”Iejima Lily Festival””, starting the last week of April. The Haari boat races are also a favorite among locals and tourists alike. The village of “”Oku””, located North of “”Honto”” is famous for its children’s day (May the 5th) “”Koinobori”” festival, where more than 700 carp streamers are displayed. Endurance sports enthusiasts do surely know about the annual triathlon held in Miyakojima, the longest running event of the discipline in Japan.

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SUMMER

夏
On par with the world’s top-tier beach island resorts, Okinawa offers a large panel of marine activities, from diving to sailing, from paddling to paragliding. Aside from sports, flower lovers will be interested in the Yohena Hydrangea garden or the sunflower fields in Minamihabara. Summertime is also the season of fireworks, Bon-odori dance festivals and the famed Eisa festival where the Okinawan diaspora from around the world gathers. For scuba divers, summer will bring opportunities to encounter sea turtles and manta rays.

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AUTUMN

秋
In Okinawa, autumn offers a chance to take part in various cultural events. From the Guinness world record holder, Naha Tug-of-war festival to the traditional events held during the Shuri castle festival. Karate events are often held during this season, Okinawa being the place of birth of this martial art, born from the encounter between Chinese ancient techniques and the Ryukyu Kingdom. Outdoor sports aficionados can enjoy canyoning and kayaking thanks to the fairer seasonal temperatures.

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WINTER

冬
With the earliest sakura blooming season in Japan, “”hanami”” is a winter activity in Okinawa. Favourite sites like Mount Yaedake, Nago central park, and the Nakijin castle ruins will not fail to amaze you with their vivid colors. The Ocean Expo Park featuring the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is a must and displays one of the rare specimens of whale sharks in captivity. Winter is also the best season for whale watching with a very high encounter chance with the majestic humpback whales. Scuba divers will make sure not to miss the thousands of hammerhead sharks gathering off the coasts of Yonaguni island. For visitors looking forward to relax and reenergize, a hop to the remarkable yet lesser known Motobu hot springs will deliver the sought after revitalization.

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