Look at all great events planned on Okinawa
Editor's note: There are some great events coming up, so get off base and check them out! (This was updated Dec. 12)
KINAWA YAMBARU SEA TO SUMMIT 2019: Dec. 14 at 2 p.m., Environment Symposium, at Nago City Haneji Branch; Dec. 15, 6:50 a.m., kayaking, biking, trekking at Yagachi Beach; environmental sporting event that's being held in 13 different locations in Japan, first time to be held in Okinawa; event to enjoy and appreciate the nature rather than competition, 11,550 yen to participate; free parking available; www.seatosummit.jp/menu117/contents1041.
7TH KUNIGAMI TRAIL RUNNING: Dec. 14; 19K, 12K run, 8.6K walk courses; at Kunigami Forest Park; 0980-43-5531; www.kunigamitrail.com/.
39TH POTTERY MARKET: Dec. 13-15, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Yachimun (Okinawan pottery) available at reasonable prices; at Yachimun no Sato in Yomitan Village; free admission; temporary parking available near JA Yunta Market (take shuttle bus from there to the venue); 098-958-6488, 098-958-4468.
OKINAWA BREAD SWEETS FESTA 2019 WINTER: Dec. 14-15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Hosted by bagel store coco bagel, Okinawa bakeries and confectioneries gather and present their foods; at Okinawa Cellular Stadium; free admission; www.ameblo.jp/okinawabreadsweetsfesta, www.facebook.com/okinawabreadsweetsfesta/, www.instagram.com/okinawabreadsweetsfesta/.
KOKOKARA + FES!: Dec. 15, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Event full of activities that are good for your heart and body; activities include Tecno sport HADO, slack line, bouldering, etc.; free admission; free parking available; Chatan Park Indoor Athletic Field; 098-835-8181; www.kokokaraplus2019.org/.
OZUMO OKINAWA PROVINCIAL TOUR: Dec. 15-16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sumo wrestling in Okinawa; tickets from 5,000-14,000 yen; free parking available; at Uruma City Gushikawa Dome; 098-890-5577; www.sumo-okinawa.jp/.
22ND WAKATEDA WO MIRU TSUDOI: Dec. 21, 6:30-8 a.m., A gathering at the Nakagusuku Castle to pray for eternal prosperity by viewing the Wakateda Sunrise; at Nakagusuku Castle; free admission; free parking available up to 50 lots; 098-935-5719; www.nakagusuku-jo.jp/en.
5TH KARII CHRISTMAS 2019 IN NAGO: Dec. 21, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Karii-Okinawan phrase meaning good fortune and used when drinking a toast; event activities include Orion Beer tasting, free buggy ride experience, live music performances, etc.; on Nago O-Dori; free admission; no parking available; 050-3850-8927, 080-2737-2806; www.karichristmas.ti-da.net/.
42ND MABUNI, FIRE AND BELL FESTIVAL: Dec. 31, 10 p.m.-Jan. 1 a.m., The festival to see the New Year in as people learn about the horrors of war and the preciousness of the peace at the Okinawa Peace Hall; free admission; free parking available; 098-997-3011.
OKINAWA ZOO & MUSEUM HOLIDAY EVENTS: Dec. 21-Jan.5, 2020, 4:30-9:30 p.m. (closed on Dec. 23, 26 and Jan. 1); Christmas Fantasy, Year End and News Year’s countdown, and Snow and Light Winter Story; advance tickets: adults (high school and older)-1,800 yen, children (4-year-old-middle school)-1,000 yen; at the door: adults-2,200 yen, children-1,200 yen; free parking available; 098-933-4190; www.xmas-fantasy.com/.
YAMBARU ART FESTIVAL 2019-2020: Dec. 14-Jan. 13; art festival to appreciate Okinawan traditional fabric, pottery, etc., as well as contemporary art, design, pictures and music; will take place in several locations in Yambaru-northern Okinawa (visit website for details); free admission; 098-861-5141; www.yambaru-artfes.jp/.
GUSUKU: LEGACY OF WARRING STATES PERIOD: Until Jan. 19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (until 8 p.m. on Sat. & Sun.), closed on Mon. and Dec. 29-Jan. 1; at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum; admission: adults-1,00 yen, high school & college students-600 yen, elementary & junior high school students-300 yen; free parking available; 098-941-8200; www.okimu.jp/exhibition/1552800978/, www.facebook.com/OkinawaMuseumArtMuseum/.
OKINAWA CULTURAL TOURISM CONTENTS PROGRAM: Oct. 11 through Feb. 9, 2020; four different shows: "a la carte": Okinawan performing arts on Oct. 11-13, "NEO Rrukyu": entertainment show in Okinawa style on Nov. 29-Dec. 1; "Okinawa San San": Okinawan musical on Jan. 10-12 and "Gungachi Kunguachi": comedy on Feb. 7-9; at Tenbusu Hall and Palette Civic Theater (only Okinawa San San); tickets: 2,500 yen for adults, 2,000 yen for high school students and younger; free for preschoolers; no parking available; 098-987-0926; www.okinawageinodays.com/.
KADENA GO! GO! FESTIVAL: Feb. 9, 3-7 p.m.; spotlighting musicians between teenage to people in their 30's, musicians from Kadena-cho play all kinds of music-pops, hip hop, rock, etc.; tickets: 1,000 yen in advance, 1,500 yen at the door; at Kadena-cho Town Hall; free parking up to 272 lots available, toll parking also available in the vicinity; 098-956-1111.
MOONLIGHT CRUISE IN SOUTHEAST BOTANICAL GARDENS: Until March 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/.
37TH OKINAWA FLOWER CARNIVAL: Jan. 18-May 6, 2020: from Dec. 21, Ocean Expo Park Tulip Fair; from Jan. 18, Yaedake Sakura festival; from Jan. 25, Churaumi flower festival; from Apr. 25, Iejima Lily Festival; Event inludes: Welcome Flower Campaign, Flower Message School Contest, Flower Message Photo Contest, Flower Rally; 098-995-6233; www.okinawastory.jp/contents/flower_carnival/.
ILLUMINATION FEST 2019: Dec. 22-Jan. 4, 2020; at Ueno German Culture Village on Miyakojima; 0980-76-3771; www.hakuaiueno.com/.
WINTER ELEGANCE 2019-2020: Until Feb. 14, 5-8:30 p.m.; at Okinawa Outlet Mall Ashibinaa; 098-891-6000; www.ashibinaa.okinawa/
KANUCHA RESORT STARDUST FANTASIA: Until Feb.14; 5:30-11 p.m.; the 20th event theme is called “NIRAI” illuminates 1 mil. LED light stars around the resort facility as the last paradise; 1,000 yen for adult, free for under 12; Free Shuttle bus is available from Naha Airport; 0980-55-8880; https://www.kanucha.jp/feature/stafan.
KARIYUSHI DREAM FANTASY: Until Feb. 29, 2020, sunset-midnight; at Okinawa Kariyushi Beach Resort Ocean Spa; 098-967-8731; www.kariyushi-oceanspa.jp/.
ALIVIA ILLUMINATION: Until Feb. 29, sunset-midnight; at Hotel Nikko Alivia; 098-982-9111; www.alivila.co.jp/.
OKUMA ILLUMINATION: Until Feb. 29, sunset-midnight; at Okuma Private Beach & Resort; 0980-41-2222; www.okumaresort.com/.
MIHAMA AMERICAN VILLAGE ILLUMINATION 2019: Until March 17, 2020; 098-926-4455.
RYUKYU LANTERN FESTIVAL 2019-2020: March 31, 2020, 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/.
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