【This Weekend: 64th Okinawa Zento Eisa Matsuri】 Eisa is well-known as a traditional performing art of Okinawa, but it is performed during Kyu Bon (Bon of the lunar calendar) ’s Ukui (the last day of Kyu Bon) to honor and entertain the spirits of the ancestors originally. In this 3-day festival, Eisa groups from various areas throughout the prefecture will gather for the finale on Sunday. Every year, over 300,000 people come and join this festival and you will be the one of them this year!
【July weather in Okinawa】
Here comes real summer in Okinawa after its rainy season, you may enjoy all marine activities, fireworks, festivals, Eisa, and more! Please protect your skin from the sun, you may want to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and sun protective clothes. Check out July weather in Okinawa below:
Seasonal Climate and Clothing | VISIT OKINAWA JAPAN
Tokashiku Beach on Tokashiki Island is one of the world’s beaches which features its water's transparency! This beach is famous as a spot that sea turtles live. You might be able to meet one near the beach if you were lucky!
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Manzamo is a popular tourist spot which is located on Onna Village, the central area of Mainland Okinawa! Grassland spreads all over the spot, and the view of East China Sea's horizon that you can see from here is spectacular!
Located in the villages of Nakagusuku and Kitanakagusuku in the central region of Okinawa, Nakagusuku Castle sits at a height of 160 meters above sea level, overlooking the Nakagusuku Bay to the south and the East China Sea to the west. The castle ruins escaped damages from the last World War and are the best preserved castle ruins in Okinawa. The ruins can still be observed today with their beautifully curved castle walls that follow the natural rocks and topography.
Maeda cape, in Onna Village, Okinawa, is home to "the Blue Cave", which is one of Okinawa’s most famous snorkeling and diving spot. The sun’s rays penetrate the sea, entering the cave from the rocky shore, leading to a beautiful mystical blue cave interior.
Minna island is referred to as "Croissant Island" due to its crescent shape when viewed from the sky. The pure white sand beaches and crystal clear waters are major attractions! Additionally, the marine leisure is quite enriched, and you can also enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling.
Sea Road（Kaichu Doro）, in Uruma City, is a toll-free road connecting Yokatsu Peninsula and Henza Island that is ideal for a drive.Once you have crossed Sea Road, you will have access not just to Henza Island, but also to popular remote islands in Okinawa such as Hamahiga, Miyagi, and Ikei Islands. Rent a car and head to Sea Road for a refreshing journey!
Its roots are said to be the dragon boat races that were brought over from China during the Ryukyu Dynasty around 600 years ago. It is the largest of the Hari (dragon boat race) events held in the prefecture, taking place over 3 days and welcoming around 200,000 visitors. In addition to the main Hari races, a fantastic atmosphere of light and sound will be created by fireworks and live performances by local musicians.
Date: May 3 (Fri) – May 5 (Sun), 2019
Venue: Naha Port New Port Pier
Lily Field Park, home to almost 100 different colorful species of lilies on the northern coast of Ie Island, is the site of the first Lily Festival of the year in Japan. The festival is packed with attractions from morning to night, with live performances, inflatable playgrounds, horse-rides, light-up displays at night, and more! Come and enjoy the sights and scents of the lilies.
Okinawa, with its warm weather and rich natural environment, is an excellent location not only for water-sports, but for other activities such as cycling and marathons! You can also enjoy more relaxing activities such as yoga and stand-up paddle-boarding. When planning your trip to Okinawa, don't forget to include sports!
Okinawa is world famous for its abundant coral reefs. Of the roughly 800 different kinds of coral around the world, around 200 have been found in Okinawa, a variety that dazzles the divers and snorkelers that flock to Okinawa for its enchanting beauty.