Fun off-base events on Okinawa

Fun off-base events on Okinawa

Stripes Okinawa

Editor's note: There are some great events coming up, so get off base and check them out! (This was updated Oct. 23)

*Many events originally scheduled have been cancelled or postponed since March. Schedules are subject to change and change daily. Please check each organization and/or event’s official websites for current information. 


44TH OKINAWA SANGYO MATSURI: Oct. 24-25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; introducing Okinawan products online; 098-859-6191;

46TH YOMITAN FESTIVAL: Oct. 24-25; enjoy festival remotely throughout Yomitan Village; shop in the villege during the day time, watch livestream in the evening and watch fireworks at home at night; 098-982-9201;

Karate NO HI: Oct. 25; Hono enbu (Inaugural Dedication): 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Kinen Enbu (Commemorative Performance): 1:30-3 p.m.; only via online streaming this year; watch on Youtube:,

TOURISM EXPO JAPAN: Nov. 1; tourist destinations from Japan and foreign countries gather in this expo; at Okinawa Convention Center; 03-5510-2004;, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

15TH YOMITAN YACHIMUN & CRAFT MARKET: Oct. 31, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; at Gala Aoiumi; free admission; free paking available; 098-989-8166;

OKINAWA BREAD SWEETS FESTA: Nov. 7-8, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; enjoy bread, sweets, and drinks at Ryukyu Shimpo Ajima-ru; no parking available;

56th ISHIGAKI ISLAND FESTIVAL 2020: Nov. 8; online festival, various events including Amabie kite flying, fireworks, etc. throughout the day; 0980-82-1533; website.

UMIBE NO YACHIMUN: Every Sat. Sun. until Nov. 29, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 4, 5 Yomitan potteries participate every weekend; free admission; toll parking available; 098-921-6810;

SPARTAN RACE JAPAN 2020: Postponed to Feb. 27; 10K Spartan race at Tomisaki Chura Sun Beach;

HIKARI NO SANPODOU 2020-2021: Oct. 30-May 9, 5-10 p.m.; Southeast Botanical Gardens' promenade will be lighted up by 2.8 million bulbs; admission: adults-1,800 yen+tax, high school students and seniors (over 60)-1,100 yen+tax, 6 years old and younger-free; fees vary during Dec. 24-27 Christmas period; free pakring available; 098-939-2555;

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