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Cherry Blossoms

Admire Japan’s Earliest Cherry Blossom Blooming

Vibrant pink blossoms bloom set against a beautiful backdrop of green mountains and blue skies. One of the simplest pleasures of this season is to take a leisurely stroll surrounded by nature in its full glory. It is a sign of the joyous arrival of spring, when the white-eye birds shake of winter and start flying around in search of flower nectar. At Mt. Yaedakein in MotobuTown, visitors can drive through the “flower tunnel” of 4,000 Kanhizakura (Taiwanese cherry) trees planted alongside the trail all the way to the mountaintop.

The best period to see the blooming of cherry blossoms in Okinawa is from mid-January to mid-February. The color of the flower petals of the Kanhizakura are dark pink, quite distinctive and different from the Somei-Yoshino cherry trees commonly seen in mainland Japan. Somewhat counterintuitively, the blooming begins from the northern part of Okinawa and advances southward. The most popular viewing sites are Mt. Yaedake in MotobuTown, Nakijin-jo Site (NakijinCastle Remains) in NakijinVillage, and NagoCentral Park in Nago City. There are cherry blossom festivals in various locations, scheduled to coincide with the blooming of the flowers. Every year, a large number of people visit Okinawa so they can enjoy Japan’s earliest cherry blossom blooming.

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Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival
2020/01/18 - 2020/02/02 From mid-January through early February, a plethora of lavish pink Taiwan cherry blossoms blankets Yaedake Road at an astounding altitude of 453 meters, serving as a great form of entertainment for all visi...
Nago Cherry Blossom Festival
2020/1/25-1/26 From the observation deck at the Nago Castle Ruins, you can observe the extravagant cherry blossoms as they contrast with the emerald green of the East China Sea. In Nago Central Park, you can enjoy a 2 kilometer st...
Naha Chura Cherry Blossom Festival
2020/2/8-2/9 A festival held at a vast tideland, Manko Lake Park spanning Naha City and Tomigusuku City. You can enjoy watching cherry blossoms and stage events and stalls. ...
Nakijin Cherry Blossom Festival (Nakijin Gusuku Sakura Matsuri)
2020/2/1-2/9 "Nakijin Castle Cherry Blossom Festival," takes place when the flowers are in full bloom, showcases the best of World Heritage Nakijin Castle Ruins. You can enjoy viewing the cherry blossoms in the night with fantasti...
Yaese Cherry Blossom Festival (Yaese Sakura Matsuri)
Illumination Period : 2020/1/24 - 2/11 ( 18:00 - 21:00 ) You can enjoy the roughly 500 Taiwan cherry trees planted within Yaese Park at the Yaese Cherry Blossom Festival. An exhibition of local agricultural products and produce wi...
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