Okinawa off-base events information

Okinawa off-base events information

Stripes Okinawa

Editor's note: There are some great events coming up, so get off base and check them out! (This was updated Oct. 28)

*Many events originally scheduled have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. Schedules are subject to change and change daily. Please check each organization and/or event’s official websites for current information. 


2022 KARIYUSHI DREAM FANTASY: Oct. 1 2022-Feb 28, 2023; sunset-midnight; at Okinawa Kariyushi Beach Resort Ocean Spa; 098-967-8731; website

2022 SOUTHEAST BOTANICAL GARDEN NIGHT DECORATION: Oct. 28, 2022-May 28, 2023, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Enjoy illumination decorated at Southeast Botanical Garden; 1,980 yen adults, 1,200 yen ages 13-17, 680 yen age 4-12, free for 3 and under 3; 098-939-2555; website.

40TH YONABARU TUG OF WAR: Oct. 29-30, 4 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; Giant tug of war event with 440 years of history; rope is 90 meters long and weighs 5 tons; at the Yonabaru-cho Udunyama Youth Square; 098-945-5323; website

43TH KIN-CHO FESTIVAL: Oct. 29, 4 p.m.-9 p.m.; featuring Okinawa traditional karate, live performances, eisa and more, also fireworks display starts at 8:40 p.m.; Kin Reginal Park and Kin Chuo Kominkan (community center); 60-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-968-2111; website

48TH YOMITAN MATSURI: Oct. 29-30, featuring children’s plays, dance performances, concerts, fireworks at Yomitanson Athletic Park; free admission; parking available; 098-982-9201; website

45TH URASOE TEDAKO MATSURI: Oct. 29-30, 3 p.m.-8:45 p.m.; fireworks display at Urasoe Undo Koen (ANA Sports Park Urasoe); 10-minute ride from Furujima Station on Yui-monorail; 098-876-1234; website

FOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL IN KOZA: Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-5p.m.; concerts, dance, and kitchen cars at Yaeshima Park, Okinawa City; admission free; 098-989-0905; website

NAHA FESTIVAL: Oct. 30, afternoon; traditional performing arts on Kokusai Dori (street); 098-862-3276; website

2022-2023 KANUCHA RESORT STARDUST FANTASIA: Nov. 1, 2022-feb. 14, 2023, 6-11 p.m.; fireworks every Saturday; 3,000 yen per person; 80-minute ride from Naha Airport; 0980-55-8880; website.

KARATE NO HI (KARATE DAY): Nov. 3, 2-4:30 p.m., Karate lessons, Karate demonstrations, at Kokusai Dori (street); 098-945-4533; website

2022 TSUBOYA YAMUCHIN DORI MATSURI: Nov. 5-6, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; pottery exhibits, pottery museum and more on Tsuboya Yachimun Dori (street), Naha City; 098-862-3761; website

19TH SHOUHASHI HALF MARATHON IN NANJO: Nov.6, 9 a.m.; start and finish line at Nanjo City Cultural Center Sugar Hall; registration closed; 098-947-6866; website.

KOZA DANCE BATTLE CONTEST D-SELECTION2022 (3ON3): Nov 20, 1 p.m.-; admission fees, 1, 000 yen adults, 500 yen high school students or under, free for pre‐school children; dance battle contest at Okinawa City Small Theater Ashibinaa; website

8TH KUNIGAMI TRAIL RUNNING: Dec. 10; 18K, 13K run, 8.6K walk courses; start at Kunigami Forest Park; 0980-43-5531; website.

36TH NAHA MARATHON: Dec. 4, 9 a.m., Time limit 6 hours 15 minutes (by 3:15 p.m.); 20,000 runners run across Naha City, Haebaru-cho, Yaese-cho, Itoman City, and Tomigusuku City; registration closed; 098-862-9902; website

5TH OKINAWA 100K ULTRA MARATHON: Dec. 18, 5 a.m. for 100K, 11 a.m. for 50K; start at Yonakohama Park for 100K, Itoman City Hall for 50K; registration until Oct. 31; 098-943-6644; website

20TH ISHIGAKI ISLAND MARATHON: Jan. 15, 2023, 8:30 a.m. for 24K and full marathon, 9:10 a.m. for 10K ; Japan's sothernmost road race: 10K, 24K, and full marathon; start and finish at Ishigaki Chuoundo Park; 098-082-1212; website

33RD MIYAKO ISLAND 100K MARATHON: Jan. 22, 2023; 50K and 100K; registration until Nov 27; 0980-73-2691; website

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