Get off base and enjoy fun events on Okinawa
Editor's note: There are some great events coming up, so get off base and check them out! (This was updated Mar. 24)
*Many events originally scheduled for March and April have been cancelled or postponed. Schedules are subject to change and change daily. Please check each organization and/or event’s official websites for current information.
MOONLIGHT CRUISE IN SOUTHEAST BOTANICAL GARDENS: Until Mar. 31, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; experience the Mixed Reality by cruising in Southeast Botanical Gardens by next generation kart; adults (junior high school students and older) - 1,100 yen, 4-year-old to elementary school students - 550 yen on top of admission fee: adults - 1,980 yen, senior & high school students - 1,210 yen, elementary & junior high school students - 660 yen, free for under 6-year-old; *reservation required for cruise; free parking available; 098-939-2555; www.southeast-botanical.jp/moonlight/
11TH OKINAWA ZOO & MUSEUM FLOWER FESTIVAL 2020: Feb. 27-April 5, 9:30-5:30 (until 6 p.m. in April); Spring is coming to Japan's southernmost interactive zoo and museum; a number of workshops and events throughout the festival month; adults-500 yen, high school and middle school students-200 yen, K-6th grade-100 yen; 3-year-olds and younger-free; free parking available; 098-933-4190; www.www.okzm.jp/
IGIMI TIGUMA EXHIBITION: April 3-5, 10 .a.m.-6 p.m.; hand-made artifacts market; at Ogimison, the Home of Bashō-Fu Textiles; free admission; free parking available up to 50 spots; 098-044-3007; www.facebook.com/igimitiguma/.
28TH IEJIIMA MARATHON: April 11, 3K, 5K, 10K, half marathon courses; register by Jan. 31 to participate; 0980-49-2906; www.iejima.org/document/2019112900014/
OKINAWA BOUGAIN FAIR 2020: Feb. 22-April 12; Best time to see bougainvillea at the Southeast Botanical Gardens; the flowers will be lighted up at night; 1,400 yen for adults, 950 yen for high school students; 500 yen junior high and elementary students (tax will be added and additional fees apply for illumination event); free for 6-year olds or younger; free parking available; 098-939-2555; www.southeast-botanical.jp/bougain2020/
IRUKANDA FLOWER TOUR: March 20-April 12, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; at Daisekirinzan Park located in the northmost Okinawa main island, you can enjoy subtropical plants and flowers; trek in the park and go see Irukanda (Mucuna macrocarpa), rare purple flower among all Okinawan flowers; entrance fee: adults-1,200 yen, 14-year-old and younger-550 yen; free parking available; 0980-41-8117; www.sekirinzan.com/
14TH FUNAUKIOTO MATSURI: April 18, 10 a.m.; annual music event produced by Suguru Ikeda, Funauki, Iriomote Island-born singer-song writer; admission: 500 yen, free admission for junior high school students and younger; at Kamadoma Square in Funauki, Iriomote Island; 0980-82-5445; www.painusima.com/
12TH OKINAWA INTERNATIONAL MOVIE FESTIVAL: April 16-19; free admission (fees may apply for some showing); 098-917-5123; check website for details www.oimf.jp/
18TH MOZUKU DAY: April 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mozuku-Cladosiphon okamuranus is mostly produced in Okinawa; every third Sunday in April is scheduled as the Mozuku Day to advertise mozuku; free admission; free parking available; 098-860-2600; www.mozukukyo.org/
25TH IE ISLAND LILY FESTIVAL: April 25-May 6; More than 100 kinds of lilies will be in full bloom at the Ieson Lily Field Park; free admission; free parking; 0980-49-2906; www.iejima.org/bunya/kanko.
37TH OKINAWA FLOWER CARNIVAL: Until May 6: from Jan. 25, Churaumi flower festival; from Apr. 25, Iejima Lily Festival; Event includes: Welcome Flower Campaign, Flower Message School Contest, Flower Message Photo Contest, Flower Rally; 098-995-6233; www.okinawastory.jp/contents/flower_carnival/
BIOS NO OKA URIZUN FLOWER FESTIVAL: March 1-May 6, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Urizun, Okinawan dialect meaning first moisture of the year: season from vernal equinox to rainy season; this is the time of the year when flowers like phalaenopsis aphrodite and cattleya are in full bloom; visit Bios no Oka in Uruma City and enjoy beautiful flowers this spring; admission-1,000 yen for adults (middle school or older), 500 yen for elementary school students and younger; free parking available; 098-965-3400; www.bios-hill.co.jp/
OKINAWA ZOO & MUSEUM FESTIVAL 2020: May 2-6, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Shows by dancers, musicians, street performers at the stage; special workshops; full of events to celebrate the Children's Day; 500 yen for adults; 200 yen for junior high and high school students; free for elementary school students and younger; free parking available; 098-933-4190; www.okzm.jp/.
OCEAN CUP 2020 YACHT RACE GINOWAN-KUMEJIMA: May 30, 5:55 a.m.-4 p.m.; commendation ceremony at the Resort Hotel Kume Island; 10,000 yen registration fee; free to watch the race; free parking available; 098-985-8001; www.kumeisland.com/
BIOS NO OKA NIGHT TOUR: May 16 - June 28; 6:15-9 p.m.; open for night time for limited period; see and learn more about fireflies and small animals and plants at night; admission: 1,800 yen for adults (middle school students and older), 1,000 yen for 4-year-old to elementary school students; free parking available; 098-965-3400; www.bios-hill.co.jp/en/.
RYUKYU LANTERN FESTIVAL 2019-2020: Mar. 31, 6-10 p.m.; at Taiken Okoku Murasaki Mura; admission: adults-1,200 yen; high school, junior high school students-500 yen; elementary school students-400 yen; 098-958-1111; www.lantan.ryukyu/
SOUTHEAST BOTANICAL GARDEN ILLUMINATION: Until Apr. 5, 5-10 p.m.; decorates the light tunnels, tree house and light carpets with 1.8 mil. LED lights to illuminate trees and the promenade fantastically. 1,800 yen for adults, 1,100 yen for over 65; 600 yen for under 15; 5-minute drive from Okinawa Kita I.C; 098-939-2555;http://www.southeast-botanical.jp/en/
ISHIGAKI ISLAND SUKUJI BEACH: March 14 (event not open to the public)
FUSAKI BEACH: March 14
MIYAKO ISLAND YONAHAMAE BEACH: March 20 (event not open to the public)
OKUMA PRIVATE BEACH & RESORT: March 22 (event cancelled)
ANA INTERCONTINENTAL MANZA BEACH RESORT: March 22
BIBI BEACH ITOMAN: March 29 (event cancelled), beach to open April 5
KANUCHA BEACH: March 29
KUMEJIMA EEF BEACH HOTEL: April 5
NAMINOUE (WAKASA) BEACH: April 5
ZANPA BEACH: April 5
ONNA KAIHIN NABEE BEACH: April 5 (event cancelled)
TOYOSAKI KAIHIN PARK CHURA SUN BEACH: April 5
ARAHA BEACH: April 10
NIRAI BEACH: April 10
CHATAN PARK SUNSET BEACH: April 10
ZAMAMI VILLAGE AMA BEACH: April 11
GINOWAN TROPICAL BEACH: April 18
TOKASHIKI ISLAND AHAREN BEACH: April 18
NISHIHARA KIRA KIRA BEACH: April 19
HOTEL RESONEX NAGO PRIVATE BEACH: May 3
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