Hi everyone! This week’s Okinawa weather is very beautiful. The blue sky, comfortable wind, and shiny sun are here. I am very happy that I live in Okinawa. Okinawa is very famous as resort travel in summer season. The peak season is summer time, but winter season is also wonderful here.
The Earliest Cherry Blossom are in full bloom in Okinawa
During middle of January to February, Okinawa cherry blossom trees are in full bloom. This is the earliest in Japan. Okinawa cherry blossoms is different type to mainland one. Our sakura (we call the cherry blossom tree in Japanese ) is 緋寒桜 (Hikanzakura). It is beautiful pink color, but sadly it doesn’t flutter in the wind. That point is big different between our sakura and Mainland one.
Japanese cherry blossom threes don’t produce any fruits. We enjoy to see it, and feel the spring is here. Therefore, lots of people like to go out and have picnics underneath cherry blossom trees in springtime in Japan (Actually, the picnic is only mainland people does).
I went to Yaedake in Motobu town this time. Around this season is very busy and a lot of people everywehre because of seeing the earliest cherry blossom. I recommend you that you should leave your home or hotels early if you are not in the North area. It should be there around lunch time or have lunch around festival and then head there. I recommend you this Okinawa soba shop when you go there. it is close from cherry blossom festival. There is also famous cherry blossom festival in Nakijin village. There festival is at Nakijin Castle Remains which is registered as world heritage in 2000. It is really beautiful, and you are able to learn Ryukyu kingdom history as well. If I go there, I will post about it here 🙂
- Name: Motobu Yaedake Sakura Festival
- Official Site: http://www.town.motobu.okinawa.jp/event/3912125
- Address: 沖縄県国頭郡本部町並里９２１番地
- Opening Hours: 9:00~19:00
- Phone: 0980-47-2700
- Area: It would take about 1hr45min from Naha airport by a car.