Cherry Blossom (Sakura) in Okinawa 2018

The earliest Cherry Blossom (Sakura) in Japan is in Okinawa. Hanami at Okinawa (Flower Viewing) begins in mid January until mid February. During this period people in other regions enjoy Winter Festival instead. Normally, Hanami in Japan is between March-April. If you don't visit Japan in March or April and would like to experience cherry blossom, Okinawa may be your alternative. I gather some useful information about Cherry Blossom Festival in Okinawa as follows:

Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom (Motobu Town Website)

Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom 2018

Date: 20 Jan - 4 Feb 2018
Event: 20-21 Jan 18

Venue: Yaedake Sakura-no-Mori Park - Okinawa

20 Jan 18: Time: 09:00-19:30
21 Jan 18: Time: 10:00-19:30

From Naha Airport: Approx. 150 min. by car (via highway) 
From Okinawa Expressway Kyoda I.C: Approx. 40 min. by car (via highway) 
From nearest bus stop Yaedake Iriguchi: Approx. 5 min. on foot 


Nago Cherry Blossom Festival 2018

Date: 27-28 Jan 2018 
Venue: Nago Central Park - Okinawa

From Naha Airport: Approx. 90 min. by car (via highway) 
Okinawa Expressway: Kyoda I.C: Approx. 20 min. by car (via highway) 
From nearest bus stop Nago Gyo Iriguchi: Approx. 5 min. on foot 

(Stop for line : 20, 21, 65, 66, 70, 76, 77, 78, 120)


Nakijin Gusuku Cherry Blossom Festival 2018

Date: 27 Jan - 12 Feb 18
Time: 8:00-21:00 (light up 18:00-21:00)
Venue: Nakijin Castle Ruins, Okinawa
Admission Fee: Adult 400 yen, Student 300 yen, Child Free

The Yanbaru Express Bus: From Naha Airport one way trip takes about 2.5 hours and costs around 2000 yen. 
Highway Bus number 111 from Naha Bus Center to Nago Bus Terminal takes 90 mins or 105 mins from Naha Airport.

Get off at Nakijin Joseki Iriguchi and 15-20 walks.

Yaese Cherry Blossom Festival 2018

Date: 4 Feb 2018
Venue: Yaese Park, Okinawa
Time: 13:00-21:00
Light up period : 26 Jan -12 Feb 18 18:00 - 21:00

- 25 minutes by car from Okinawa Expressway Naha IC 
- 30 minutes on foot from route bus second Tomori bus stop

Naha Sakura Festival 2018

Date: 21-25 Feb 18
Time: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Venue: Yogi Park, Okinawa
Free Admission

20 mins by car from Naha airport
Monorail Asato Station, 15 minutes walk.

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