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2012: Sakura Matsuri -Japan's earliest Cherry Blossom Festival-
cherry blossom The beautiful color of pink brightening the moss green mountains in Okinawa is a visible sign of spring making its way to the island. In this case, the color pink refers to the beautiful flowering cherry trees in bloom. Known as the earliest to blossom in Japan, this variety of cherry tree (Prunus campanulata Maxim.) primarily coming from Taiwan or southern China, is commonly called the Taiwan cherry. Rosy-pink flowers drooping like bells blossom beginning in mid-January in mainland Okinawa. Their peak around the end of Jauary, and enjoyed until early February. Check out the must-see SAKURA spots!


The 34th Motobu Yaedake Sakura Matsuri
本部八重岳桜まつり
[Date]
January 21 - February 5, 2012
[Location]
Yaedake Park (Motobu Town)
[Inquiry]
Motobu Matsuri Executive Committee(Motobu Town office)
[Phone]
0980-47-2700

Motobu Town, located on the Motobu Peninsula in the northern region of mainland Okinawa, is where this cherry blossom festival is held every year, as nearly 7,000 Taiwan cherries come in full bloom in mid-January. Mt. Yae, 453 m high, would get covered with a veil of pink, delighting the eyes of visitors. You can either walk or drive a car up the mountan full of cherry trees.


The 5th Nakijin-gusuku Sakura Matsuri
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[Date]
January 21 - February 5, 2012
[Location]
Nakijin Castle Site (Nakijin Village)
[Inquiry]
[Phone]
0980-56-2256 ( - 1/20)
0980-56-4400 ( 1/21 - 2/5)




The 50th Nago Sakura Matsuri
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[Date]
January 28 - January 29, 2012
[Location]
Nago Chuo Park , etc (Nago City)
[Inquiry]
Nago Sakura Matsuri Executive Committee
(Nago City Tourism Association)
[Phone]
0980-53-7755

Nago Central Park, where Nago Castle ruins remain, is one of the most attractive locations of cherry blossoms in Okinawa. Enjoy the stroll around the beautiful park filled with 20,000 Taiwan cherry trees with deep rosy-pink flowers in profusion. By climbing up to the observatory, an amazing beauty of emrald green ocean together with the pink cheery blossoms can be overviewed. For the park is located at the base of deep mountains, you will also be able to enjoy nature through subtropical forests and small streams. Equipped with recreation play ground, the park is also popular among small children.

The 6th Yaese Sakura Matsuri
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[Date]
January 29, 2012
(Illumination)January 20 - January 29, 2012
[Location]
Yaese Park (Yaese Town)
[Inquiry]
[Phone]
098-998-2668



The 3rd Kumejima Sakura Matsuri
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[Date]
February 4 - February 5, 2012
[Location]
[Inquiry]
Kumejima Sakura Matsuri Executive Committee (Kumejima Town Tourism Association)
[Phone]
098-985-7115




Naha Sakura Matsuri 2012
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[Date]
February 8 - February 12, 2012
[Location]
Yogi Park (Naha City)
[Inquiry]
Okinawa Flowers Production Association
[Phone]
098-855-2552

Naha's cherry blossoms are expected to be at their peak around the beginning of February, and enjoyed for about 2 weeks. As Okinawa's Taiwan cherry blossoms bloom from North to South, there is still a chance to enjoy the graceful rosy-pink flowers, even if you have missed the flowers of Northern Okinawa. Yogi Park, where the festival will be held is located in central Naha, only 15 min. away from Naha Airport. It is a fine place for a little stroll as there are nearly 400 cherry blossom trees along the river. There will be booths selling plants, flowers, and food.


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( Update : 2011 / 12 / 20 )