Cherry Blossom (Sakura) in Okinawa 2022

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. Due to COVID-19 situation, some events will not be held, some are held as usual. I gather some useful information about Cherry Blossom Festival in Okinawa as follows:

Photo: Okinawa Story

Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival

Date: 22 January  - 6 February 2022
Stage event only 22 January 2022
Venue: Yaedake Sakura-no-Mori Park - Okinawa

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 (Not held in 2022)

Venue: Nago Central Park, Festival Square Special Stage (Sakura Park), Nago Crossroads Boulevard, Nago Fishing Port Premises
Time: 13:00-20:30

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

Date: 29 January - 6 February 2022
Time: 8:00-21:00 * Last entry 20:30
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 mins walks.

Yaese Cherry Blossom Festival 

Date: 21 January - 13 February 2022
Venue: Yaese Park, Okinawa
Light up period : 18:00 - 20:00

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

Naha Chura Sakura Festival

Date: 20 February 2022
Venue: Manko Park Kohagura Naha, Okinawa
Time: 8 Feb 10:00-19:00, 9 Feb 10:00-17:00

10 minutes by car from Naha Airport


Naha Sakura Festival (Not held in 2022)

Venue: Yogi Park, Okinawa
Free Admission

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

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